Looking at a new 450...

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  • JayR426

Posted June 10, 2004 - 12:27 PM


Hey guys,

I currently ride a 02 426, and its time for an upgrade. I am looking at an 04 or possibly waiting for an 05 450. I race consistenly in the top 5 in the junior class. What i want to know is how much better is the new 450's over me ol' 426. I know its heavy and has a good hit, which i like, and i can handle this bike really well. My dislikes about the bike are:
1. Suspension: The forks on this bike suck... stock or revalved... they suck. Harsh and way too easy to bottom!
2. Turning: Not the best. Terrible in the ruts comapared to a CRF.

However, I absolutely love everything else about this bike, and have never ridden a new yz450, but have ridden a cr450, but i wont buy a honda.

But anyways, for those that have done the switch, are they that much better? How so? Wait for an 05'?



P.S. the 4two6 is for sale if anyone is interested.

  • fatmancantfly

Posted June 10, 2004 - 12:36 PM


When I had my 426 I thought it was worlds better than the 98 400 I had. I did all the free mods, '03 auto decompression cam, power now, etc. All of which made the bike "that" much better. I made the mistake of riding a buddies brand new '03 450 and it was "that" much better than my modified 426. Yes you can tell a difference with one ride.

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  • JayR426

Posted June 18, 2004 - 10:38 AM


Well, i went ahead and got an 04. I picked it up today. I got it for 5000 OTD. My dealer here is awesome and i have bought 2 snowmobiles and this is the 2nd dirt bike from him so he gave me a pretty good deal. I didnt see any reason to buy an 05 because i really want to get an 06 with the AF. Plus there is one huge advantage the 04 has over the 05... I get to ride it NOW! :thumbsup:

Cant wait to get this thing out. What should i do to this bike before i ride it..anything? What do i need to know about this bike that may be different from my 02?

Also, What accesories do you guys reccommend? I know we all like to tinker with our bikes so what aftermarket products do you guys swear by?!


  • fatmancantfly

Posted June 18, 2004 - 12:45 PM


Besides all the standard guards of your choice (and decent bars). Get the GYTR flywheel weight, power now, YZ250 2 stroke air filter cage (screen less) and a flame proof Twinair air filter. Unplug your neutral safety wire (light blue wire just under the front of the tank) and unplug the TPS on the carb. I run 2 1/2 weight PJ1 fork fluid for a plusher ride. Can the chain before it destroys the sprockets.

  • Roboman

Posted June 18, 2004 - 04:14 PM


I just bought an 04 YZ450F myself and sold my 03 YZ450F. What a difference in the suspension. The 48 mm forks are awesome! I ride some supercross tracks and one blip of the throttle and your clearing any double on the track. This must be what bikes are like in heaven... :thumbsup:

Enjoy :devil:

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