Maxtons Ron Williams offers a fork mod to increase damping and spring rate .

Naturally tapered roller bearings are a must and a steering damper. theys two things are the cheapest way to improve your bikes handling.

     They offer a heavier fork springs at around £40 . A Fournaies air shock at £450 needs running in but the air spring gives inbuilt rising rate . If you can afford it with a high pressure pump you can even adjust the spring rate to.

HEJIRA   Tel: 01280 812152

  They do a pair of pre load spacers for less then a £10. They distribute White Power rear shocks and are priced at around £400. Spax do one for less then £300, itís rebuild able and adjustable for rebound damping and cheaper to.

MR HOLLAND   Tel: 01775 766455

    Spacers in the fork leg prevent dive and increase pre load allowing the bike to ride slightly higher then it otherwise would . This also increases cornering clearance, Unless the rear is raised also the steering will get slower and more vague any after market shock will raise the rear, a cheep alternative is to put a RD 125LC rear shock thatís what I do . To prevent dive a little more oil reduces air trapped in the leg making it build pressure faster under compression. Stiffer springs are a good things but they are not just stiffer under braking there stiff all the time. Heavier oil can help but the damping will also be heavier all the time , a little bit more oil and a heavier oil mix is best .

   The 250LC carbs will give more midrange then 350 or YPVS carbs, worth remembering if your tune is for midrange . The TZ dry clutch and gearbox fits in with little trouble .The standard gearbox is fine with 3 TZ 750 clutch springs thatís all I do .I find the gear box fine to . A lightened fly wheel is a cheep way to get 500rpm extra and a sharper pick up .It also gives the crank a longer life, Take of no more then 6mm. This will however shorten the life of your fly wheel, keep an eye on it for cracks.

SUSPENSION

   A good tune on a 250 will give 45BHP with all the goodies up to 55BHP a 350 can make 70BHP  with all the goodys .You will get around a 15% power increase with a road tune 25% with a race tune. More with all the goodys. The goodies being custom pipes, after market ignition & big carbs.

TUNING

  TZ big end cages are stronger and have a better load capacity and will fit. For a tuned motor the press fit crank center shaft should be welded and the crank turned to 0.025mm, not the factoryís 0.1 However I use 400E web centers .A cheap way to get more power is to skim the head 0.030in and raise the exhaust port 1.5mm After market pipes will do a lot and keep it more reliable then an outright tune, although some pipes just move the power up the rev range.

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Theys 250lc barrels use 2 TZ O-rings and no head gasket, notice the rings cut around the liners .not a common mod .

Fork Braces reduce fork flex under braking, Sorry they donít because the problem is the forks bending backwards just below the bottom yoke. They also increase unsprung and steered weight, when in fact you want to reduce it. A more efficient brace is a stiffer deeper bottom yoke and a larger diameter wheel spindile. Thatís why bikes with TZR or YPVS forks, yokes & wheels handle so much better .

     The original swinging arm bushes are crap, check and replace them .The pads tend to taper from top to bottom they will tip in the caliper ďFerodoĒ are the best replacements use sinted pads only . Calipers constantly seize, a good stripping ,cleaning and lubricating is essential if you ride hard . You can try this with your calipers to . Leaving the air box on helps keep a wider power spread. taking the filter out makeís it a little sharper during the summer. {all ways do a plug chop after any set up mods}.

    If youíve never ridden a standard LC before ďthere canít be many leftĒ the experience may surprise you. The soft lightly dampened forks bottom under braking so much so a heavy come down from a wheelie could cause a thump on the mudguard from the twin banjo under the yoke . The rear shock isínt much better. The brakes are nothing like you're used to on todayís bikes. The engine has little before 6,000rpm then power seems to double by 7,000 giving a great rush of speed and adrenaline.