starter removal 04 wr450
Posted April 20, 2004 - 12:54 PM
Posted April 20, 2004 - 01:50 PM
Posted April 20, 2004 - 02:44 PM
If you do rip out your starter be sure to make an 03 owner a deal on your starter clutch parts.
Yep like me!!!!!!!
Posted April 20, 2004 - 04:18 PM
I pulled my('03 WR450) starter, gears and battery last week. A YZ cover won't fit. I went to NAPA and got a 1 1/8 inch expandable 'core hole plug.' About four bucks. I replaced the nut that comes with it with a nyloc. I also cut the airbox cover so it's totally open, leaving just the rim so it will still bolt up right.
According to my bathroom scale, about 6.5 lbs. Weight savings isn't exactly 'dramatic.' But with new jetting, woohoo, she woke up! Also, no more woodruff key worries. Lots cheaper than a retrofit.
When I first got this bike I thought I was spoiled for life by the button, but honestly, these things start so easily with the kick starter. It's a non-issue.
I am however, spoiled for life by my new Z-Start clutch. WOW, is this thing neat!!!
Posted April 20, 2004 - 05:53 PM
Removing the starter is just plain silly.
i will never understand why people do this. the starter is what makes the wr's and the exc's soo good. re think what you are planning unless your riding 100% mx track. and if you are, buy a yz...........
Posted April 20, 2004 - 10:36 PM
Posted April 21, 2004 - 12:16 PM
Posted April 21, 2004 - 01:19 PM
Posted April 21, 2004 - 02:23 PM
Mine has been fine but my bro-in-law's only works about half the time.
Posted April 21, 2004 - 03:33 PM
check the battery its self. the "black" batteries are very good, that is until they die. and they die hard. if the battery is good for sure then think about the charging system. then the starter.
battery is easy to test. first charge the it, then load test it. if it passes then recharge it and put it back in the bike. with a fully charged battery you can properly check your charging system.
if all that passes the it is your starter. bring it to some who knows about them. pull it apart. if not fixable then buy the starter.even if it was $1000 it would be worth every penny.
Posted April 21, 2004 - 04:34 PM
the starter is what makes the wr's and the exc's soo good
Well..., it's icing on the cake anyway.
Really guys, I'm not out to preach the merits of pulling this stuff, or convince anyone that they should do it. I fell head-over-heels in love with my starter the first time I stalled it on some rocky goat trail with my back tire almost over that last ledge. And it's always fun to sit and watch your buddy kick a half dozen times, then complain about the blister you're getting on your thumb.
I just had to see if I would a)miss it. b)notice the weight. Answer a) not really. not really.
The benefits as I see them are a) weight, pulling the starter, battery, idler gears, lights, odo and kickstand, adds up. Will it help me in a race? Who knows? But I'm having fun. It allows me to completely open the top of the air box. A new lid is cheap if I decide to go back. c) It should eliminate potential woodruff key failures.
Ultimately, I don't need it any more. Where the starter really shined, was a quick restart on a rocky climb, or stall in a turn. Lipskid now have Z-Start,Ungh. This thing is a riot. It's amazing how much faster you can go through a turn with a good grip, and all you have to think about is throttle control. Just re-route a few brain cells and . IF YOU GUYS THINK AN E-START IS COOL...! Plus, it's next to impossible to stall.
And last, I haven't done anything to my bike that can't be easily reversed.
Posted April 21, 2004 - 04:39 PM
What about the possibility of the one-way clutch (that sits behind the flywheel) having problems? That might explain more the popping and banging noises we hear occasionally. I have a new spare for an '04.
Mine works fine so...he's on his own!
Posted April 21, 2004 - 04:46 PM
Glad to hear you're liking the Z-start. I've had mine since March 2003 (on my WR450) and I'll never go back, if I can help it. I love my auto-clutch!
Posted April 21, 2004 - 06:11 PM
I fell head-over-heels in love with my starter the first time I stalled it on some rocky goat trail with my back tire almost over that last ledge.
and after riding like this for a year, going back to a bike with out a starter is like going back to a mountain bike. . it just cant do what you need it to do.
Posted April 22, 2004 - 06:14 AM
Posted April 22, 2004 - 07:55 AM
The e-start in nice.
Posted April 22, 2004 - 08:15 AM
Just get a 72 starter jet and you will be amazed how well it starts cold!