And so the build begins!

12 replies to this topic
  • DunmireD001

Posted June 15, 2014 - 01:52 AM


It's been over a year since my last wr450f (street legal) was stolen from me. Since then I have bought a 2001 wr426f but have yet to make any progress towards getting it road legal...

However, today I have officially started on the project. So far I've Pulled the tank and all the plastics. Ordered new fenders and a Trail Tech 150w AC/ 12v DC rectifier regulator, which will all be in by Thursday. Next weekend I will (attempt to) float the ground, run the AC power to the rectifier, run my newly converted DC power from the rectifier to a 12v motorcycle battery that I also need to find somewhere to mount. (somewhere under the seat)... Then after my charging/ power system is installed. I can begin installing all of my lighting/ horn/ and vapor speedo cluster.

Then after all of that is done and the plastics are all back on and I get it legal, I will start pushing towards supermoto trim...

^^I'm doing this last because it's the most expensive part :)

Feel free to post suggestions, questions or comments, and I'll try to keep you updated along the way. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has attempted this, done it, or is interested in doing it...

Just gonna work at it one piece at a time. Here's my starting baseline of what the bike looks like right now.
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  • DunmireD001

Posted June 15, 2014 - 01:59 AM


Here's a picture of it before it was naked.

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  • MaxPower

Posted June 15, 2014 - 02:31 AM


Looking at the bike in your garage I see it looks like it only has a few hours on it
With mud it's harder to tell

  • MANIAC998

Posted June 15, 2014 - 04:14 AM


Here's a picture of it before it was naked.

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Where's the rear fender? :lol:

  • beezer

Posted June 15, 2014 - 05:00 AM


Prolly didn't need a rear fender with that back tire.

  • stevethe

Posted June 15, 2014 - 05:06 AM


Good start pretty new looking for an older gal.

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  • DunmireD001

Posted June 15, 2014 - 10:19 AM


Looking at the bike in your garage I see it looks like it only has a few hours on it
With mud it's harder to tell

Yes for an 01 it has very low hours, the previous owner had it in a garage for 10 years and only rode it about 6 times. I offered him $1000 for it and let him set on that for a while, then one day when he needed money, he said, if you can give me 1200 it's yours today. So I did the deal. Jets were clogged due to lack of being ridden, but I replaced the jets and cleaned the carb and it runs like a top... And it has a clear title!

  • DunmireD001

Posted June 15, 2014 - 10:22 AM


Prolly didn't need a rear fender with that back tire.

When I got it the rear fender was completely weather cracked, so I karate chopped it just for fun and broke it off, so I've just taken it off and been riding it as is... But the new one is on it's way from michigan as we speak! As well as a supermoto front fender!

  • DunmireD001

Posted June 15, 2014 - 10:24 AM


And yes those are the original tires, so by my thoughts it is probly setting with +|- 2000 miles on the bike. Maybe less.

  • beezer

Posted June 16, 2014 - 08:13 AM


It looks like a low hour bike.


Good luck with it.

  • bg10459

Posted June 16, 2014 - 10:55 AM


I don't know if this would work for a battery box or not, but maybe just a WR450 air box would fit into your subframe or maybe the 450 subframe also can be swapped onto your frame :excuseme:

  • DunmireD001

Posted June 29, 2014 - 06:28 PM


Here's my progress so far.

Floated the ground.
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Hooked up the wiring to my new trail tech rectifier/ regulator.
Here's the AC power wires from the stator, leading to the regulator.
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And then ran my new DC power wires to the battery.
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Then I had to build a bracket to hold my battery. I made one with some cheap metal and it floats just above the air filter. I also painted the tips just so it matches somewhat.
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I may downgrade to a smaller battery later, but for now this setup works. I also hooked up a bungee chord go keep my battery from moving back and forth.

Then I mounted my new fenders.

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  • DunmireD001

Posted June 29, 2014 - 06:36 PM


I've also built a bracket to mount my rear tail light to my rear fender with. Next things on the list are headlight, horn, blinkers, tail light, and speedo.


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