When you change the shock linkage,
you have to make adjustments.
I put a longer shock linkage on my
2014 Kawasaki KX450F, but it seems
to have changed the handling of my
KX—and not for the best. What did
I do wrong?
The 2014 KX450F is one of the
bikes that benefits most from a
longer shock linkage, but you have
to understand the changes that
occur when you make the swap.
Here is a quick list:
(1) Stiffer. The longer link arm
does not change the rising rate, but
because it rotates the bell crank
farther into its rising-rate curve, it
makes the shock feel stiffer initially.
This makes the rear of the bike ride
a little higher over small bumps and
chatter. Most riders will turn the
low-speed compression clicker out
two clicks to adjust the feel of the
( 2) Lower. The longer shock
linkage will drop the seat height by
8mm to 10mm (and there are links
that can lower the rear end as much
as 20mm). The lower seat height
makes it easier to get on the bike,
flatters the overall ergonomics and
takes the stink-bug feel away from
models that exhibit a high back and
( 3) Slacker. The longer link will
change the head angle of your frame
The flip-top seat and airbox ducts are
held on by rubber grommets.
I keep losing the rubber grommets
that hold the fuel cap cover on my
2016 YZ250F. I have resorted to
carrying a bunch of spares in my