2010 YZ450F Engine Rebuild Time?

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  • Boostpig

Posted August 03, 2013 - 06:53 PM


Hi all I have a 2010 YZ450f here with 100 hours of B club level motocross on it i plan on doing the top end now as the engine has not had any work since new, is there anything else i should do?? After how many hours will the valves need replacing? And when should i be looking at the bottom end?

Thanks in advance.

  • rangerclass7sx

Posted August 04, 2013 - 07:33 AM


better take it to a shop bro. you need to take the valves into a lab soo they can conduct a hour test and tell you if they need replacing !   

if you havent checked valve clearences ever on the bike i would suggest not rebuilding the bike yourself

  • asnyder2

Posted August 04, 2013 - 01:56 PM


At 80 hrs I replaced top end as preventive maintenance and the only thing out of spec was the piston(skirts)...and it wasnt out by much. Valves still in spec.Also replaced cam chain while it was apart. I seem to recall there being a thread on here saying to replace crank about 200hrs. If I were you, a top end, cam chain, and check bottom end per manual. If I hit 200hrs ill repost as I dont plan on pulling down till then

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  • grayracer513

Posted August 04, 2013 - 05:38 PM


Everything depends on how the bike has been and will be used.  A top level pro on a YZ450 would probably need a top end in 25 hours or less, even if only to keep up the highest level of performance.  Recreational riders often get more than 400 hours out of YZ450's without ever doing more than oil, filters and spark plugs.  And not many spark plugs, either.


Where you fall on that curve is hard to say, but if you're competitive at a B level, it's probably time to look at the top end.  Plan on a new piston, rings, pin, new clips, and a head and base gasket.  As to the valves, without at least a tear down and visual inspection, it's really hard to say how long they'll go.  If they have never needed more than a one shim size correction, they're OK for the moment.  Valves that have been adjusted once should be visually inspected as long as the top is off, even if the clearance has remained stable since it was adjusted.  Any intake valve that has a bright ring worn onto the otherwise dark gray face surface needs to be closely looked at.  If the edge of the wear pattern is "fuzzy" or "feathered" on either edge, you can consider reusing it.  If both edges of the wear stripe are well defined, it will wear through the hard coat in a fairly short time after you put it back in service. 


Guesswork, but without the above mentioned expensive lab work, which is just a more expensive guess a lot of times, that's the best you can do.

  • Boostpig

Posted August 05, 2013 - 02:18 AM


Ok, thanks guys i checked the valves at 50 and everything was fine so i never went back in. I will order everything for top end and let everyone know how i go.

  • darenSM

Posted February 01, 2014 - 04:00 PM


how did your rebuild go? Did you measure the piston ect? 

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