wr 450 Weight loss
Posted August 23, 2004 - 10:32 PM
and cut two holes for some lightweight 2" round halogen or maybe H.I.D's for headlights. I think this will be alot closer to the perfect all-around bike. Does anyone know exactly how much weight will be lost by pulling everything off the WR and only running 1.3 gal of fuel so it is trimmed the same as the yz 450? I'm guessing maybe 25-30 lbs
Posted August 23, 2004 - 11:56 PM
BTW, we want pictures too...
Posted August 24, 2004 - 05:44 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 08:26 AM
You guys will probably think this is rediculous but.....I have an idea. My buddy recently made a little smelter or whatever you call it to melt aluminum and make castings. It works awesome. I'm thinking about making molds of all the yz 450 plastic and then making fairly thin cast aluminum parts. I'm pretty sure I could make them a lot lighter than the plastic while still being strong enough
to be somewhat durable. Of course almost any crash would bend them. This would be just for me cause no one would want crap like this on their bike. The thing is though, I very rarely crash anymore, and it would take me 2 seconds to put on a new fender or whatever if I did. I would make a bunch of parts all at one time so I would have a big stash of replacement parts, plus I could easily make more. Kinda like disposable fenders and shrouds, etc. I never realized how heavy the plastic is on our bikes. Just the rear yz fender alone is like 2lbs!I think I could take another 5-7 lbs of the bike maybe. I think that would be cool to have a bike with no plastic, except for the tank. I do alot of fabricating on off road 4x4's and also custom mountain bike stuff so doing all this would be pretty easy I think. Just a few days of screwing around building crap. I know I'm nuts, but I love building stuff, even if it always doesn't work out.
Also. I'm thinking about making a custom air box out of sheet aluminum. It would weigh almost nothing and you would save a few pounds there. And for the most part it is tucked out of harms way. Hmmmm.... I have too much spare time on my hands.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 08:32 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 08:51 AM
All though It would be worth saving $40 bucks. I could weld one up out of aluminum in about 20 min. for only a couple bucks.
Posted August 24, 2004 - 10:38 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 10:56 AM
I guess it needs to also support half the weight of the carburetor though. Easy enough. For some people it would not be worth the hassle. But me, I love fabricating. If I go a week without hacking , building, or modifying something I go nuts!!!! I think I need to see a shrink. When I get around to it I'll take some pictures. Thanks for the info
Posted August 24, 2004 - 11:06 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 11:20 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 11:31 AM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 11:54 AM
flow more than the airbox would, even with holes drilled in it.hmmmm.... Maybe even a HP increase?
Posted August 24, 2004 - 12:51 PM
Posted August 24, 2004 - 01:33 PM