3rd/4th gear Died

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  • BK14MX

Posted December 09, 2001 - 05:16 PM


Well, it finally happened. My 00' tranny finally had some of the trouble I've been hearing so much about. 3rd gear gave up today at a sand track in Orlando, bummer of the day was it was second trip out on the track. I was riding most of the time on hard pack in Georgia, I guess the load from the deep sand, am I mean DEEP, was too much....
I miss the Red Georgia clay already. Getting used to the sand again will take a few rides, but that will have to wait until the blue beast is fixed..........

  • Boit

Posted December 09, 2001 - 05:30 PM


What are your shifting habits? Do you shift under power without using the clutch? I'm merely curious. I have a '00 and it has been stone cold reliable so far.

  • BK14MX

Posted December 09, 2001 - 05:43 PM


I do shift without the clutch in the air, during braking, bad 2-stroke habit maybe, although I do use the clutch when under a load. Until today it had never missed a shift, last time I changed my oil, there was a little more metal shavings on the filter than normal, could have been a warning??

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  • sirthumpalot

Posted December 10, 2001 - 02:38 AM


I'm not a pro mechanic, but I'll venture to guess that enough more metal for you to notice the difference cannot be a good thing. :)

Do you ever ride at Thundercross in Okeechobee?

  • Boit

Posted December 10, 2001 - 03:34 AM


When I upshift, I let off the throttle...ALWAYS. Now, this is not always with the clutch. If I don't have enough time to let off the throttle for the shift, then, I'll stay in gear and pin it. Since I use stock gearing, I have the option of short-shifting or revving. It really depends upon the soil/traction at the time. If it's a slippery approach to a jump, I'll short-shift and use the 4-stroke tractability. If the traction is good, I'll roll on the throttle and rev it high with a full burst at take-off. The full-burst is really fun because it feels like a rocket launch. I pity the guy behind me as he gets a face full of roost.


Posted December 10, 2001 - 03:36 AM


Sorry to hear about your gearbox!
I know 2 guys w/the '00 YZF that have had similar problems. & another that had one of those weak clutch baskets (grenaded and locked up the tranny-fortunately Yam warrantied/fixed). If you do a search, I think you will find that this has been a problem w/many '00's.
Good luck fixing it.

  • BK14MX

Posted December 10, 2001 - 06:36 AM


Yeah, I do basically the same thing as you, I'm going to drop a tooth of the back, returning to stock. Hopefully that will help a little, it just felt like I wasnt getting good drive out of loose corners.


I just got back down here, was up in Atlanta for a while, but you can bet I'll be down there soon. Hows the track down there, heard they made some changes??

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