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Tech Tips: How To Install A Holeshot Device Presented By Vital MX

Chaparral Motorsports
May 16, 2018
Last Updated: August 24, 2020

A motocross race can be won or lost at the start. If you get a bad start you'll either be fighting to survive the first turn from mid-pack or if you're at the tail end you'll be charging hard to pass everyone and make up valuable time. One of the key strategies to getting a good start is keeping your frontend as low to the ground as possible so that you don't wheelie or loop it out and all the power and traction can be transferred to the ground via your rear dirt bike tire. Putting your weight far forward and keeping the front of your body low is important, but there is an aftermarket part called a hole shot device that can greatly help as well.

A holeshot device, or Pro Launch Start Device as Works Connection calls theirs, is a pretty simple accessory that you can install on your dirt bike. It's comprised of two main components: a collar that wraps around the fork tube and a locking mechanism that mounts to the fork guard. Once these pieces are installed you can then line up at the gate and slam your weight down onto the fronted. This action will compress the frontend and the holeshot device will lock it into a lowered stance. Then once the gate drops and you take off the suspension will decompress/ "unlock" and work normally as you ride around the track.

If you're going to install a holeshot device and you've been thinking about replacing your fork guards you might as well do both at the same time since you'll be removing the existing fork guards anyway.

Our friends over at Vital MX put together a video how to install a holeshot/Launch Control device and as you'll see it's not too hard and will probably take less than 20 minutes to install on your dirt bike.

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