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More ground clearance for Yamaha FJ-09

So, I have a 2016 Yamaha FJ-09. Truly one of the most enjoyable bikes I ever owned. There's just one thing... the ground clearance it not enough for Mexican toppes (speed bumps). I guess the only way to get more ground clearance is to change/replace the suspension, but don't want to spend too much money. Any ideas?

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I wanted to do the same but the only possible way was replacing the FJ with the 790 adv. 😎

i think longer suspension travel would make it even more unstable at higher speeds. I don’t know another possibility.

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Haha. That’s one way to go yes 😁. I’ll keep it in mind.

You’re probably right about the instability. I installed a steering stabilizer. Works quite well, but still sometimes I get the high speed wobble. Seems to depend on road surface and wind direction. (And perhaps tire pressure)

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I have the same issue with my FJ-09, so I bought these fork extensions and jack up plates.  Haven't installed them yet though.

 

 

https://www.extremecreations.com.au/yamaha-fork-extensions

From the seller's website:   "Our fork extensions are either 50mm or 75mm long and made from high quality anodised 7075 billet aluminium. They extend R1, R6 & MT09  forks to a suitable length when performing a fork conversion  onto a bike that requires longer forks or when more ride height is required."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2ONbOPvmL0#action=share

https://www.extremecreations.com.au/mt-09-jack-up-plates

Also from the seller's website: "These jack up plates will make your standard MT-09 (FZ-09), XSR900 or MT09 Tracer, ride height adjustable giving you a varied height for riding requirements or cosmetic appearance. These allow the tail of the motorcycle to be lowered 25mm , stock height, or raised 25mm or 35mm, giving a wide range of adjustment to suit your particular needs. Sold as a pair."

 

Very nice!!!
Could you let me know how it is after installing? Looked at installation video of the fork extenders. Not super easy (not a grease monkey) but doable.

I’ve been thinking about changing the entire suspension (or get another bike 🙂) for a bit more off-road usage (Mexican asfalt sometimes feels like off-road), but this is definitely the easier solution.

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Finally had the time to do it.  Went to a motorcycle shop, took them a couple of hours, did not seem difficult.

Increased bike's ground clearance by 2.5 - 3cm.  Bike handles very well or even better canyon carving than before, no more problems passing speed bumps or going on gravel, fire roads, or a little offroading.

Very happy with the modification.  Attached a couple of pictures.

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That looks awesome! I have my Tracer for sale now (going for KTM 790 probably), but I’m sure this will be helpful for many others. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Quote from Luis on August 16, 2020, 15:54

Finally had the time to do it.  Went to a motorcycle shop, took them a couple of hours, did not seem difficult.

Increased bike's ground clearance by 2.5 - 3cm.  Bike handles very well or even better canyon carving than before, no more problems passing speed bumps or going on gravel, fire roads, or a little offroading.

Very happy with the modification.  Attached a couple of pictures.

Hello Luis,

I want to do a Scrambler project in my XSR900 and I'm thincking to use the same setup as you.
I have a few questions for you:

- Did you use de 50 mm fork extenders?
- Did you had to put new longer braking lines and/or new longer abs cables?
- The original clearance is 135 mm, how much do you have now?
- How does it feel offroading?

 

I love so much this bike, but I feel the need to explore more and I don't want to trade the cp3 for the cp2 of the T7...

 

Hello RB

Sorry I just saw your message.

Yes, I used the 50mm forx extenders.

No need for longer brake or abs cables.  I gained 2.5 cm. although you can go up to 3.5 with the jack up plates.  I have 16 cm ground clearance.  The bike feels great both road and offroading.

The tracer is a great bike, but has too little ground clearance and front suspension travel.  I recommend the jackup plates and for extenders.   Let me know if you have any idea on how to make the suspension better for riding in light offroad, fire roads, etc.

- Did you had to put new longer braking lines and/or new longer abs cables?
- The original clearance is 135 mm, how much do you have now?
- How does it feel offroading?