Racing is rough on a quad, no matter what
brand it happens to be. Every different make and model has it
things that just won't hold up to tough racing conditions. You can
either recognize this and figure out a way to fix it on your own,
purchase an aftermarket product to replace it, or you can be one of
the many people that automatically says the manufacturer of the
quad is all together bad because of that one piece.
There's not too many parts on the Yamaha YFZ450
that won't be able to hold up to the rigors of racing, but have no
doubt, there are some. One of those happens to be the rear
fender brackets. A lot of stress is put on the right rear
bracket even more than the left, because of the rear master
cylinder being mounted to it. This is one of those pieces that many
people have found their own little way to fix.
For all of you who never took a liking to shop
in high school, Haley Engineered Performance
Products has come to your rescue. They know that not
everyone has the equipment and ability to build their own custom
parts at home. So they manufacture rear fender brackets from
3/16” aluminum and then gusset and tig weld them for awesome
There are two models to choose from - race
brackets and regular brackets. The race brackets have been built a
little bit stronger because racers are a lot tougher on them. HEP
has spent a lot of hours making these brackets the best possible
way. Many Pro riders have put these brackets to the test going
through multiple versions, so what you are buying is the ultimate
Haley is one of the very few who make these
stronger fender brackets. Even fewer make strong brackets that
include the re-location tab for the rear master cylinder resevoir.
The original bracket pushed the resevoir way toward the rear and in
a vulnerable position. The relocation makes it more accessible and
more safe from the dangers of riding.
Installing these products is very easy but you
do have to be a little bit careful. On both sides, the stock
brackets are held mounted to the frame with two allen-head bolts.
These bolts can become very tight and easy to strip the head of if
you aren't careful. I'll admit, I have stripped at least one of
these bolts, and believe me, you don't want to have to try and
remove them with vice-grips like I had to. The other end of the
bracket is mounted to the plastic. Be careful here also not to
strip the philips-head screw.
On the right side, if you have any model other
than the '06, you are most likely relocating the resevoir too. In
order to do this, simply bolt the resevoir to the relocating tab on
the new bracket. On the left side, the new bracket can go on
without doing anything else. Make sure to apply some Loctite when
installing the new bracket.
I have used these brackets for several races
now, and they are doing their job exactly as they should. They've
held the plastic securely for hundreds of miles blowing in the wind
while hauling on an open trailer, aggressive riding with shifting
weight from side to side, landing impact compressing the suspension
and being banged into by other riders. Most importantly, they've
provided a secure brace behind the plastic when I need maximum
leverage from my legs. So far, with the abuse we put Wide Open YFZ
through, it looks like we won't be having to replace these
As I said before, very few people make these
quality brackets. Haley Engineered's race brackets, which are more
expensive than their non-race brackets, are still less than half of
the competitors prices at only $70 for the pair. Another thing that
also makes their brackets unique, is for that price, you can either
get a plain aluminum finish, or powdercoated in Yamaha red, Yamaha
blue or chrome.
Check out their other products including battery
boxes, reservoir guards, and warning label covers for the YFZ.
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