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Best Upgrades For Your Dirt Bike

Chaparral Motorsports
September 11, 2018
Last Updated: July 3, 2020

As a dirt bike rider, you want to constantly take things to the next level. Not only do you want to push yourself and get better, but you want to upgrade your dirt bike parts as well. Whether you want to up your motocross game, ride more rigorous trails, or simply have a fun time with your friends, dirt bike upgrades get the job done. Sometimes, the stock equipment just doesn't cut it. However, you may be intimidated by the high costs of dirt bike modifications.

Thankfully, not all dirt bike parts and accessories have to bust your budget. At Chaparral Motorsports, we want you to find the best parts for your dirt bike at affordable prices. Whether you're a racer or trail rider, here are our recommendations for the best dirt bike customizations.


If you're tired of a rough ride, change the suspension. A stock suspension causes your shoulders and arms to take some serious beatings. Some crucial dirt bike suspension parts to upgrade include:

  • Shocks
  • Linkage
  • Triple Clamps
  • Fork seals

With a new suspension, you'll be riding more smoothly and comfortably in no time.


If you make one upgrade to your ride, make sure it's the exhaust. A new dirt bike exhaust system will boost the speed, sound, and style all at once. Whether you spend a few hundred dollars on a slip-on or go for a full exhaust system, you'll be happy. You can make exhaust upgrades no matter your budget limitations.


Changing out the sprocket is one of the cheapest and simplest upgrades that will give you immediate results. Get a bigger rear sprocket and/or smaller front sprocket to get more bottom end. Alternatively, get a smaller rear sprocket or bigger front sprocket if you want to open it up and get some more top speed.

If you're into motocross, we recommend opting for an aluminum sprocket with a non-O-chain. But if you're off-roading on trails, you may want to get a steel sprocket and an O-ring chain. Why these specific setups for different type of riding? Motocross riders want to keep their bikes light and fast and an aluminum sprocket will most often be lighter than steel. Many riders feel that o-ring style chains create extra drag and thus reduce the power that get put to the ground, there for most racers prefer to use a standard MX chain. Trail and offroad riders might not be as concerned with performance as they are with longevity of their parts. A steel rear sprocket and O-ring chain will deliver many more hours of use than an aluminum sprocket and MX style chain. No matter what type of riding you do, finding the right gearing combination for your desires may require a bit of experimentation though.


Say goodbye to clutch control and throttle problems with a new clutch system. No one likes riding on a stock clutch, from beginners to pros. Replacing the factory clutch system is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for a dirt bike.


One of the most neglected upgrades is the controls. Your dirt bike controls directly impact how you ride and operate your bike. Stiff handlebars, slippery grips, and uncomfortable levers can make riding your dirt bike somewhat of a torturous experience. Over time, you'll experience fatigue after a long trail adventure or race day. Why not make the experience more comfortable? You won't need to complain about discomfort if you upgrade the following parts:

  • Handlebars
  • Grips
  • Levers
  • Footpegs

You'll be surprised at how much a difference a controls upgrade can make. When your arms are properly positioned and your feet are well-planted, you'll ride more confidently. Custom controls will make you perform better. You'll find that making such a simple upgrade will make you feel like a more skilled rider.

As a dirt bike rider looking to find an extra edge, you'll see a difference if you make any of these upgrades. All you need to bring your bike to new heights is a few hundred bucks. You don't need to max out your credit cards to start enjoying your rides more. Plus, we have a low price guarantee here at Chaparral Motorsports. We're proud to offer budget-friendly dirt bike equipment and accessories. Browse our selection of dirt bike parts today to learn more!

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