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BoxcarWilly

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

In the world of motorcycles, 50 bucks is something that can dissipate very quickly. One can blow that much on food & drinks at the races or the gas it takes to get to the track or trail. That said, in a world with $10,000 dirt bikes, is there anything that a measly $50.00 can be spent on that really improves the performance of your machine? One great option is the Hammerhead Designs Brake Clevis Kit. While it does add some satisfying bling to your bike, more importantly, it serves an important purpose of improving the feel of your rear brakes, improving braking accuracy and modulation.

Installation

The Hammerhead Designs Brake Clevis Kit for the YZ125 eliminates the need for the long and poorly functioning return spring that attaches to the backside of the brake pedal. This was good news because I managed to rip the stock spring off battling my way through the woods.

The Hammerhead kit comes with a beautifully machined & richly anodized aluminum brake clevis, return spring, pin, & snap ring retainer. No instructions were included, but have no fear; this is a very easy, straightforward process. With a little deductive reasoning and a quick google search, I was able to install the kit in just a few minutes with typical hand tools. I had a small hiccup with installation that required me to slightly grind down the backside of my brake pedal to maintain clearance for the pedal to operate smoothly, I am not sure if this is the same with all OEM pedals, or if mine may have been tweaked slightly, but either way, it was an easy modification that took only a few minutes. Once installed and after a brief brake pedal height adjustment, I was ready to hit the trails to see how this bolt-on mod performed.

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How'd it work?

The original rear brake set-up on my YZ125 left a lot to be desired. It had a very vague and light feel in the first half of the stroke which often led to premature or panicked slamming of the pedal in order to gain some sort of feel in the bottom half of the stroke.  My initial response after installation of the Hammerhead brake clevis was very positive. Pedal feel was greatly increased in the first portion of the stroke, as if the master cylinder had been upgraded with a larger piston. Pushing through the stroke maintained consistency and improved my braking effectiveness. Without any dramatic changes to my braking technique, the improved brake pedal feel & action gave me a confidence boost that allowed me to push a little harder into corners and slower sections  without the hesitation caused by lacklustre brake feel.  No more panicked slamming of the brake pedal in hard braking situations, just smooth and consistent pedal feel. 

How's it held up?

The Hammerhead Designs Brake Clevis Kit is extremely well made and that's good because I'm not easy on bikes! I have a history that includes more than a few broken parts. Despite this, the Hammerhead brake clevis shows no signs of wear or damage, pretty much looking like the day I installed it. I'll report back as the hours pile up, but my expectations is that this part will go the distance.

Bottom-line - 4.5 out of 5

Overall, the Hammerhead Designs Brake Clevis Kit is a fantastic product. For the price, you can't go wrong! This is such a quick & easy way to improve your bike's rear brake feel & control, something that directly translates to increased control & speed. I can only image the improvements when paired with other brake upgrades such as an oversized brake rotor or upgraded master cylinder.

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Chad Tobias

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

@varmbrust so this clevis isn't just a clevis. It doesn't improve braking, it just improves braking feel to the rider. It does this with the spring, you can see in the photo that there is a spring and black nut that retains the spring, these items are included with this part. What it does is add more resistance to the brake pedal giving the rider better feed back of how far you are actuating the brake, especially in the initial braking range where not much resistance would be felt otherwise.

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MEngineer

· Edited by varmbrust

   1 of 3 members found this review helpful 1 / 3 members

     I am a licensed mechanical engineer, and I am perplexed.  It seems to replace a similar part, so how could it improve the stock one?   Why is it needed?   In addition, it is aluminum, and aluminum does not have an infinite fatigue life like steel, so I would be concerned that the thing might break in the boonies, 20 miles from civilization.

     I really question the description of better braking.  If it just replaces a similar steel stock part, then how will it improve anything?

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k.g

  

Great quality. Blue ano is dull, not shiny though.

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Axel43

  

bling bling

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