air-box mods on the 2016 WR450F

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  • gize

Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:30 AM


So I'm a proud owner of the new 16, reading up on all these "uncorking" mods that sound great.  But here is my question; anyone know if the 16 has the same "tea-kettle" to remove in the air-box just as the pre-2016 models have?  I couldn't find a write up on this, opened the cover to my air-box and I see some lower screws that don't appear to be accessible without removing a lot of stuff, like the gas tank, for example, (don't want to get into that if I can avoid it).  Any advice on this?

  • stevethe

Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:53 AM


Pre 2016 models are a completely different bike.

Take off the seat, turn the tank sideways and remove the air box screws to remove the tea kettle.

  • gize

Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:37 PM


Thanks Steve, got that silly piece of plastic out of there. I didn't realize I could move the tank without disconnecting the fuel line etc.. so it wasn't too bad. Now it's ready for the competition ECU and tune. :)

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  • 2Speed

Posted March 18, 2016 - 01:17 PM


BE CAREFUL twisting the tank to the side. I broke the lead off the sending unit. Now I have to drain the tank, pull the sending unit and solder the lead back. Major PITA. Would have been easier to unhook the tank completely the first time.


Or I could have been more careful...   ;)

  • gize

Posted March 18, 2016 - 05:23 PM


Too late 2speed haha. With my luck when it comes to mechanics, I'm surprised it didn't break. But I felt some resistance from the lines below so I just kinda angled it at the 2'O'clock position and it worked out ok

  • willy_fitz

Posted March 20, 2016 - 03:57 PM


I just lifted the front of the gas tank up and propped it up with a piece of wood making sure the wires and fuel lines stayed intact. I then had lots of room to pull the screen and tea kettle...




I was able to pull the tea kettle off without even drilling out the plastic rivets. Easy peasy.



Edited by willy_fitz, March 20, 2016 - 03:58 PM.

  • gize

Posted March 20, 2016 - 05:47 PM


Sweet man, looks great! Isn't it almost therapeutic knowing that tea kettle is off your new bike!? I just used my pocket knife on the rivets heads and it cut and popped each off with little effort. Glad to see you're kettle free. Did you notice a difference? It feels like I did, in my head at least.


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