YZ-F/FX EX­HAUST SHIELDS $99.99

Dirt Rider - - 2018 Sherco Se-rs And Sef-rs -

There are light­weight ver­sions of pretty much every dirt bike part, ex­haust shields notwith­stand­ing. Here we have JGRMX’S Ex­haust Shields for Yamaha’s mod­ern four-stroke models that we bolted up to our 2017 YZ450FX. On the scale, th­ese come in at about 0.8 ounce, which is more than 2 ounces lighter than stock (2.9 ounces).

In­stal­la­tion reuses the stock bolts and wire heat-re­sis­tant wash­ers, yet the left-side guard’s holes were spaced just a tad too close to­gether. We didn’t have to cut any­thing, just had to use some el­bow grease to get the bolt to bite into the thread. Nat­u­rally we tried to bend and flex them with our hands to see how tough they are, and they don’t yield a mil­lime­ter. Th­ese are re­ally hard. Af­ter a cou­ple of rides they look great with no heat dam­age and no real signs of scrapes or gouges from our boots or ag­gres­sive branches.

So if you want to save a lit­tle (and we mean a very lit­tle) bit of weight and add a touch of bling to your bike, this isn’t a bad way to do it. And when you con­sider that re­plac­ing th­ese shields with stock pieces would cost you $40.76, the price looks a tiny bit bet­ter. —Sean Klinger

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