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PRODUCT: FCP Racing offers a chassis upgrade with titanium and aluminum engine-mount kits. The front engine mounts are CNC-machined out of titanium and come in the exotic titanium color combined with CNC-machined aluminum top engine mounts anodized bronze. We tested the kit specifically designed for the 2019-’20 Kawasaki KX450 motocross model.
POSITIVES: The FCP Racing KX450 mount kits are easy to install, have a cool rainbow look on the front titanium mounts and a bronze look on the top mounts that really make the parts stand out. For some people this would be enough, but luckily for FCP, they really do change the handling enough for the average guy to comment. We noticed an improvement in front-end traction and bite in the corners, allowing test riders to easily reach inside lines that previously had been difficult to hit. Test riders also noticed more rider comfort with an overall plusher feel that resulted in less rider fatigue.
NEGATIVES: At just under $400, the FCP mounts aren’t cheap, so you gotta really be looking to fix a specific problem.
BOTTOM LINE: We like the fact that Kris Palm and the crew at FCP are making factory-level aftermarket items available to the average rider. In our testing they made a considerable difference on the already-good 2020 Kawasaki KX450, and if you are looking for some additional plushness, they definitely deliver.
Each week we feature sponsors who we are proud to have partnered with and all of which are integral parts to the continued success of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – KTM – WPS team.
This week’s sponsor of the week is Factory Chassis Parts (FCP Racing)
FCP racing is a Leader in High Performance Titanium Engine Mount Kits which are Designed and engineered to drastically improve traction, handling, cornering, and feel on Motocross, Supercross and Off-road Dirt Bikes.
Each piece is made from the Highest quality Billet Titanium and Billet Aircraft Aluminum to provide their customers with the Best Products money can buy.
They have found with extensive research and development that their superior engine mount design, shapes, angles and combination of different materials will give you an advantage no one else can provide.
Their CNC Machined Billet Titanium Front Engine Mounts have weight advantages, flex characteristics and heat disbursement qualities that outshine anything else available and Combined with their CNC Machined Billet Aircraft Aluminum Top Mount Design / Head Stay you’ll be feeling the difference.
We rely in Factory Chassis Parts on our race team bikes. Photo: Kardy Photos
FCP Racing engine mount kit provides you with more total bike comfort whether your braking or accelerating which for our riders equals more confidence so they can charge the whole track like never before.
So, no matter what brand of bike you have FCP Racing will have you covered.
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If you are a proud owner of a 2018-2019 Yamaha YZ450F and just quite aren’t sold on the handling of your blue machine then this is exactly what the FCP Racing engine mounts were made for. The manufacturer puts in countless hours of testing into different materials, thickness and shapes of engine mounts because these little pieces of metal play a key role in the way your motorcycle feels and handles. That does not mean they always get it right and FCP Racing believes this. They believe their combination of titanium front mounts and aluminum top mounts creates the flex characteristics that eliminate any possible issues you have with the stock setup. Before this type of technology was only used by factory teams or anyone crazy enough to make their own and try it but now FCP Racing is delivering factory level technology to the average consumer.
You will need the stock bolts from your stock engine mounts, a 12mm and 14mm T-handle or socket with a rachet, a mallet or hammer to push the bolt through the front of the engine. The removal process is fairly straight forward, just loosen the bolts and remove the stock top and front engine mounts. There’s eight total 12mm bolts to the frame and four 14mm bolts to the engine itself. Once you’ve removed those you can now replace them directly with the FCP Racing mounts. Simply repeat the process to put the bolts back where they came from and tighten them to the recommended torque specs in your owner’s manual. You might not believe this is important but it does make a difference in the handling with different torque specs.
You might have noticed that although your 2019 YZ450F has improved front end traction over the previous years it still isn’t quite enough. The FCP Racing Kit improves front end traction and makes the front and rear work together and follow one another. This eliminates any wallow you may feel under high speed sections and square edge bumps that put a lot of stress on the chassis. The titanium front mounts stiffened up the chassis for added precise feeling and tracking into rutted corners. Which gave us overall more confidence putting the front wheel where we wanted instead of where we needed to at times because the rear wouldn’t follow the front before. They also helped with leaning the bike over and standing the bike back up on the exit of turns. A surprise we came across was the titanium front mounts helped with softening the harsh hits when going over square edge bumps. Even though they are “stiffer” in rigidity it delivers a plusher feel overall in those situations. We found the bike shined the most in deep rutted tracks over hardpacked ones but still an improvement overall
(3) Cool Factor. FCP Racing did a good job choosing the colors for the kit. The finish gives them that “factory” look that everyone drools over in the pits. Allows your bike to really standout and easy to spot.
See full article: https://motocrossactionmag.com/motocross-action-mid-week-report-53/
FCP Engine Mounts: If you still feel like the chassis is stiff during your late motos going to these mounts will help alleviate some of that harsh/sharp feeling through the headtube of the frame. I have tried these FCP mounts on most bikes and although they DO NOT work on every machine, I have found great results with them on the Suzuki RM-Z450. Immediately the front/top mounts got rid of some of the stiff bound up feeling of the chassis and allowed it to settle even more entering corners, stayed planted transitioning through the middle part of the corner, and allowed the suspension to absorb acceleration chop while keeping the rear wheel planted under acceleration. This was just another improvement from a simple bolt on part that gave me that secure feeling, to allow me to carry my momentum through corners and push the bike a little harder. Note: We tried just the top mounts first (for comfort/straight line stability) and then went to the front mounts for increased cornering (lean angle) ability. Use both for best results…
See full article: https://www.keeferinctesting.com/motocross-testing/2019/3/22/top-5-2019-suzuki-rm-z450-mods