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basmn

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Before I get into my thoughts on the Yamalink "Trail" Lowering Link, I want you to understand my frame of reference. I strictly ride my 2015 Yamaha YZ250FX recreationally on forested trails and I do not race.

Despite being 6'1", I found my YZ250FX to be very tall and to have a high center of gravity. I was struggling in the tight stuff, only being able to touch with the tips of my toes (full weight on the bike) on level ground. In uneven terrain such as ruts, getting a foot down was hard if not impossible. I did some research, Yamalink's solution seemed like a viable solution, so I decided to give it a try.

Yamalink offers 2 options:

  1. "Race" lowering link that drops the rear approx 19mm
  2. "Trail" model that drops the rear approx. 31.75mm

I chose the Trail link both because of the larger drop and it seemed best suited to how I ride. Out of the box I was very impressed by the machining quality and finish of the link. It just looks well built. The link ships with installation instructions that I found simple to follow and thorough. Install time was about 30 minutes with basic tools and the fit is perfect, something that can be hard to find with aftermarket products.

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The YamaLink was a perfect fit on my YZ250FX

I adjusted my rear sag to 110mm and slid the forks up in the triple clamp 6mm as not to alter steering geometry. Yamalink does suggest respring the shock with their Trail model, but I wanted to give the stock spring a try before deciding. Note that I weight in right at 190lbs..

Sitting on the bike, I can now get both my feet flat on level ground! This immediately offered up a more secure, confidence inspiring feeling. On the trails, the rear suspension is just a little softer, but this was to my liking. It now absorbs bumps, rocks, and ruts better than before and even the front end seems to track better in rutted turns and wanders less in the sand. The bike is now just more manageable and this translates into making the bike more enjoyable to ride. This was exactly what I was looking for!

I plan on leaving the rear shock spring stock because it suits my style of riding perfectly and see no reason to change it. However, you're an aggressive trail rider or race, you'll likely want to follow Yamalink's recommendation.

Pros :thumbsup:

  • Excellent build quality, finish, and fit.
  • Easy to install.
  • Serviceable (grease fitting).
  • Lifetime warranty on the bearing.
  • Increases manageability & control of tall bikes w/ shorter inseamed riders.

Cons :thumbsdn:

  • None if you select the right flavor for your riding conditions, skills, and expectations.

Bottom-line :prof:

The Yamalink "Trail" Lowering Link does everything that its manufacturer states it will do, and does it very well. If you're struggling with a tall bike, I highly recommend you consider Yamalink.
 

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YamaLink worked great and added a little bling to boot.

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