Hi there... I just got myself a brand new WR450F and I need a little bit of help.
Here is the background quick story... I used to ride and race way back then (started in 1986 with a Yamaha IT 175, then a YZ250, Husqvarna 510TE, Husaberg 501, KTM 525 - so if I'd race today I'd probably be in the Super Senior class) but after blowing my knees a few times (ACL's), I sold the bikes and turned to mountain bike riding (no more racing tho). Then a couple of month ago my little brother sent me a picture of a 2008 WR450F with a note saying "my new bike". I promptly replied "If you find one for me, I'll come ride with you". Which he did and that's how I am now the proud owner of low kilometrage 2008 WR450F.
Ah... and I say Kilometrage because my bike (as well as my brother and his bike) is in France, while I am in California. No big deal, especially since the bikes are in the Lozère region in France, which is also known as "Enduro Heaven", where we also happen to have a house
Now, I plan to take my gear with me next time I go over there (October) since I kept most of if. Considering the exchange rate of Euro vs. Dollars not to mention the high prices and taxes in France, it makes sense to bring with me a few parts and tools. Since I don't have the bike with me to measure stuff and I don't have any knowledge of the WR450F, I have a few questions and it would be great to get some help.
I am planning to bring my carry-on tool kit with me (i.e. the tool kit that I take with me on rides). My last bike was a KTM 525 (I got the first one delivered in Norther California way back then) and it was pretty good as KTM tried to standardize most of the bolt sizes (8 / 10 / 12mm I think) and they also provided a mini tool kit with a couple of combination wrenched that cover most of the stuff you could do on the trail. I would like to reuse this on the WR450F. So here are the questions:
- What's the front axle nut size?
- What the rear axle nut size?
- Spark plug size?
- Is it realistic to change a spark plug on the trail on these bikes (like to you need to take the whole bike apart)? If it is, what's the best spark plug wrench for the job?
- Are there any odd bolt size (like 9 / 11 / 13, etc...) that I need to cover that might not be accesible with a regular adjustable wrench?
- What tools do you recommend I bring (besides the usual pliers, adjustable wrench, tire iron, screw drivers, knife)?
- What the standard chain size (to buy a spare master link)?
I think to remember that the early WRF had some performance limiting snorkels, screw limiters, etc... built in to pass various US smog, etc. I am not sure that it was the same in Europe and on the 2008 models, but just in case, what should I be looking for to check if there are any of these limiters and what are the procedures to remove them?
I'll have probably more questions later... but this would give me a good start.