What did you do to your YZ450FX today?

This is a thread dedicated to the cool mods and maintenance your doing to your bike.

I added a Scotts Steering stabilizer to my FX. I've looked at these a long time. Will be in Moab tomorrow to give this mod a trial :)

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Super jealous! What are you planning on riding in Moab?

What did I do? Yesterday I bought it, ran her through the break-in procedure, and first oil change. And today, I'm gonna put her between my legs and tear it up!

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Put an enduro engineering skid plate on because I tore a hole in the plastic one. Also installed EE radiator braces and guards. Installed the Scotts submount a couple weeks ago and just waiting on the fastway evo 3 foot pegs. That's probably all I will do. Except maybe a seat concepts seat. Those are nice.

Worked on the suspension.  I'm 185 and the sag was perfect out of the box.  After several hours on the bike I wanted to dial it in.  Incrementally I landed on 3 clicks out from the stock settings on compression and rebound with a half-turn out on the high-speed compression.  

 

I also tried shifting the forks up a few additional mm and I was shock at how different the bike felt.  Seems like the front end wants to stay planted a bit better and is less prone to the "accidental" wheelie.  My goal was to reduce headshake at about 65 mph.  Jury is still out.

 

Got some time in a track setting and I can really see why so many people like this suspension.  Is really shines here.

Replaced the timing chain and rebuilt forks. Gave her a wash. Dreamed about riding

I bought a YZ450FX! Took a quick spin in the pasture yesterday and going to get it thoroughly broke in in the next few days. Ordered handguards and a K&N filter with outerwear. I'm coming from a YZ250 set up for woods so it's going to take some time to get adjusted to the big 450. 

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As a precaution I added enduro engineering radiator guards and the fan. Never put on guards before, it does widen the bike up front a bit.ImageUploadedByThumper Talk1462072124.352731.jpg

Add a gytr brake lever.

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Yesterday I did probably the most important mod... bought the dang thing!

 

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Last night and today I've been getting it battle ready, first mod was an hour meter, then Windham Pro Tapers and Cycras, skid plate foam, and a spark arrestor.  Next up is some grease in all the pivot points then it's time to ride.

 

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I've only ridden just a small amount around my house so far, but man what a bike.  Everything feels really smooth- suspension and engine.  Power comes on just right and ramps up nicely, but when you really twist the right grip it gets right with it.  Seems to have a nice exhaust note.  And I can't honestly say I notice the weight ever, so all those bitching about "how heavy" these bikes are need to just hush.  As wide as they look in photos they don't feel wide when you're riding it.  The sound of the engine will take some getting used to, kind of reminds of how my KX450 sounded with a pod filter intake when I had the snow kit on it.  The seat cover is SUPER grippy, maybe too grippy... seems like it's hard to get forward for turns.  Really happy I was finally able to get one of these in the garage and to be back on a Yamaha.  I might start playing with tuning once I get it broken in.

Congrats cowboy 426. :applause:

Congrats cowboy 426. :applause:

 

Thanks!  It was a long battle convincing my wife that buying this bike was a good idea but I finally prevailed.  I even wrote her an elaborate letter explaining the details of precisely why I needed one, which got passed around her office and made me a celebrity.  I ride snow bikes with the son of one of her coworkers too, so my letter got good circulation and has now been pirated by other husbands pining for new toys.

How many inches in height would you say those Windham are over stock? I love the bike bars sitting, but feel the stock bars a little low standing which I do more of. I'm just under 5'10"

How many inches in height would you say those Windham are over stock? I love the bike bars sitting, but feel the stock bars a little low standing which I do more of. I'm just under 5'10"

 

Not sure but it's a big difference.  I have another new pair in the shop, I'll go snap some photos for you.

Hard to get good photos but hopefully this helps.  I'd say the Windhams are about 3/4" taller than the stockers.  They also don't have much sweep.  I'm taller than you, 6'2", but I've run these bars for years now and really like them a lot.  The only down side is the control mounting width is quite a bit narrower than the stock bars, so getting all the levers and buttons mounted was a bit of a tight squeeze.  In the photos the stock bars appear to be a shadow under the Windham's, but those are actually handlebars I promise!

 

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Nice, thanks for taking the time to do that!

Nice, thanks for taking the time to do that!

 

No problem at all.  I haven't seen specs on the stock Yamaha bend, but you can look up the specs on the Windham bars on the Pro Taper web site.  I put mine in the forward mounting holes and lined them up so that the rise is parallel with the fork tubes (I hope that makes sense).  Makes the bike feel completely different.  I didn't care at all for how the stock bars felt.  Yamaha loves that low bend though, I think the bars on my 06 were the exact same as what the FX has.

Cowboy, did you have any issues with the throttle cables being too short from moving them up that high?

i find when turned all the way tot he right they get pretty tight.

The Windham bend is closer to 1 1/4" taller than stock, and are also bent so that the hand position is moved forward of stock by at least that amount when the bars are adjusted so that the tops are flat.  There's no problem with any of the cables.  The Windham bend is excellent for any YZ/FX/WR.

Cowboy, did you have any issues with the throttle cables being too short from moving them up that high?

i find when turned all the way tot he right they get pretty tight.

 

Nope, no issues.  I actually had to take the adjuster on the throttle cable way out to get the slop out of the throttle, not really sure why.  I did swap to a Motion Pro throttle tube when I changed the bars and it looked the same as the stocker but might have been slightly smaller is my only guess.

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