There is nothing wrong with doing a wheelie on your dirt bike. After all, showing off is part of the fun of riding a high-performance motorcycle. If your front wheel leaves the ground during a competition, though, you may quickly find yourself at the back of the pack. The loss in momentum may be too much to overcome. If you are looking to stay grounded, a holeshot device, also known as a holeshot device, may be the best investment you can make. 

The Benefits of a Holeshot Device

Quick acceleration out of the gates is usually an effective strategy for staying on top. When you hit the throttle on your dirt bike, though, you experience backward thrust. If you aren’t careful, you may find yourself riding on one wheel through the first few yards of the track. While a wheelie may earn you some cheers from the crowd, it likely won’t help you dominate the competition.

How does a holeshot device work? Put simply, the holeshot device controls your bike’s launch. If you ride a four-stroke bike, a powerful engine allows for your bike’s front wheel to leave the ground. When you install a holeshot device, you don’t have to worry about frontend lift. Instead, the device keeps your bike’s forks compressed during acceleration. When you are out of wheelie danger, the device disengages, allowing your bike to operate normally. Also, holeshot devices are perfectly legal. 

Gathering Essential Tools

Like most dirt bike upgrades, installing a holeshot device requires some tools. Fortunately, you probably have the right tools for the job. Even better, many devices come with specialized drill bits that make installation a breeze. 

Here are the tools you need to install your new holeshot device:

  • A drill
  • 8mm T-handle
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
  • 3/4-inch countersink bit
  • Assorted sockets
  • Hex wrenches

Step 1: Remove Your Bike’s Front Wheel

To correctly install a holeshot device, you need a bit of working room. Therefore, you first need to remove your bike’s front wheel. This is usually an easy task, although removal varies from bike to bike. Generally, though, you can likely remove your bike’s front wheel with just a wrench or socket. After you remove the wheel, set it aside.

Step 2: Remove the Fork Guard

After you remove your bike’s front wheel, you should have easy access to the fork guard. Remove the fork guard using a hex wrench or socket. 

Step 3: Secure the Template

A few manufacturers make holeshot devices. The instructions in this guide assume you are installing a Works Connection holeshot device. Even if you are using a different type of device, installation should be roughly the same. 

In your holeshot package, locate a drilling template. This template tells you where you need to drill. There is a good chance, though, that the template has a couple of possible installation options. That is, you can probably choose the height of your device’s installation to match the fork height. There is no correct installation height. Rather, you must pick the height template for your riding style and use the corresponding template for your installation. 

Once you determine the best height for your holeshot device, you can secure the template to your bike’s fork guard using clear tape. The template also comes with a metal drilling guide. After you place the paper template, tape the metal template into place on top of the paper template. 

Step 4: Drill Holes

After placing the template, use a 3/16-inch drill bit to drill the top and bottom locator holes. When you do, hold the drill at a 90-degree angle to be certain you get a true hole through your bike’s fork guard. Then, swap out your drill bit for a 3/4-inch countersink bit. If you are working with a Works Connection product, the manufacturer includes the countersink bit with the holeshot device. Then, drill through the main hole with the countersink bit. 

Step 5: Dry Fit the Device

As you likely know, drill bits can leave residue and unevenness. This is particularly true when drilling through plastic. As such, before you go further, you should dry fit the device to make sure it fits perfectly inside the holes you drilled. If it doesn’t, you may need to slightly enlarge the holes or otherwise clean them up to allow them to accept your new holeshot device. You also want to countersink the anchor holes above and below the main hole. If you don’t, your device’s hardware may catch on your fork. 

Step 6: Secure the Holeshot Device to the Fork Guard

Using the included screws and washers, secure the holeshot device to the fork guard. Remember, you do not want your hardware to rub against your bike’s fork. Therefore, be sure all hardware fits flush to the underside of your fork guard. Coating hardware with Blue Loctite ensures it doesn’t wiggle loose when you are riding your bike. You may also want to add a piece of electrical tape over the hardware to help protect your bike’s fork. 

Step 7: Install the Ring

After installing the holeshot device on your fork guard, you must install the corresponding ring onto your bike’s fork leg. While it is theoretically possible to do this without removing the fork leg, you may be asking for trouble if you don’t remove it. Simply slide the fork leg out and wrap the ring around it. When attaching the ring to the leg, be careful not to overtighten its hardware. You need a bit of give to adjust the holeshot device after everything is together. Then, reinstall both the fork leg and the fork guard.

Step 8: Align the Holeshot Device

Hammerhead Designs Holeshot Device

Once you install the holeshot device and ring, you are ready to align the device. Before you do, though, you must reinstall your bike’s front wheel. First, roughly line up the ring with the holeshot device. Second, compress your bike’s fork to engage the holeshot device. Then, tighten the ring in its proper place. Now that you know how to install a hole shot device, you are ready to improve your bike’s overall performance. Rather than leaving your ride to chance, opt for a Hammerhead Designs holeshot device, a Works Connection device or a device from another top leader. With a bit of tweaking, you can dominate the competition wherever you decide to ride.