Looking for 04 WR450f; where to look?


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  • kincade

Posted January 04, 2005 - 12:50 PM

#1

I recently bought an 03 wr450f in great shape for a decent price; but after reading about the upgrades for the starter, etc, I think I might sell it and look for an 04.

In looking, the cycletrader lists almost none, especially in my area.

Where else should I look for one? There was a thread here a while ago about someone looking for one, and a bunch of people posted to help him; but I'll be danged if I can't find it.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

  • Indy_WR450

Posted January 04, 2005 - 01:45 PM

#2

Why sell it? For $260. or less you can have the 04 starter upgrade! The 03 is a great bike! You are going to lose more money selling and buying. :cry:

  • Endurordr

Posted January 04, 2005 - 02:43 PM

#3

Yeah, that person was me, I agree with Indy but in case you want to do something else, here ya' go... http://www.thumperta...ighlight=WANTED

  • dustdogg

Posted January 04, 2005 - 05:57 PM

#4

Why sell it? For $260. or less you can have the 04 starter upgrade! The 03 is a great bike! You are going to lose more money selling and buying. :cry:



Copy that!

Do a search for the part #'s. From what I have heard the swap is pretty easy. Many have already successfully done this with great results. :cry:

  • kincade

Posted January 04, 2005 - 06:39 PM

#5

Arent there a few upgrades that have to be done to the '03 to bring it to '04 spec? Or is it only the starter? I was worried about many upgrades, not only the starter...

  • Indy_WR450

Posted January 04, 2005 - 07:30 PM

#6

There is very little difference between the 04 and 03. Jetting is different and the 04 starter design with a slightly larger crank end for the starter clutch. Mild suspension variation as well. :cry:

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  • Endurordr

Posted January 04, 2005 - 08:22 PM

#7

The '03 also has a 3.1 fuel tank stock, for those long distance rides. With a 2.6 on my '04 I have ridden 60 miles fairly hard and have not used reserve, which I feel is pretty good. My $.02

  • Indy_WR450

Posted January 04, 2005 - 08:36 PM

#8

The '03 also has a 3.1 fuel tank stock, for those long distance rides. With a 2.6 on my '04 I have ridden 60 miles fairly hard and have not used reserve, which I feel is pretty good. My $.02


Correction the 03 fuel tank is the same as the 04 a 2.6 gallon! :cry:

  • kincade

Posted January 04, 2005 - 10:09 PM

#9

Hmmm; so about the only appreciable differences are the starter, jetting, and a little different suspension? That may not be worth the money! :cry:

  • Indy_WR450

Posted January 05, 2005 - 01:00 AM

#10

Hmmm; so about the only appreciable differences are the starter, jetting, and a little different suspension? That may not be worth the money! :cry:


You are right on the money! :cry: Yamaha would not have even provided the 04 starter redesign if they did not have so many woodruf key failures in 03 which they denied ever existed! :cry: The 04's were not supposed to be a model upgrade year. :cry:

  • Endurordr

Posted January 05, 2005 - 06:53 AM

#11

Correction the 03 fuel tank is the same as the 04 a 2.6 gallon! :cry:



Whoops, I was pretty sure they had the 3.1. Oh well :cry:

  • simon@vic

Posted January 05, 2005 - 09:10 AM

#12

The 04's were not supposed to be a model upgrade year. :cry:


yes and no.

according to yami, as far as the customer is concerned its the same bike with a few tweaks. but if you worked at a yami dealer you would have seen the "2004 technical update book" they go into some detail about how and why they changed the starter goodies and the crank.

  • kincade

Posted January 05, 2005 - 05:20 PM

#13

Well, I've called every dealer I can think of; and none have any '04's left. So I guess I"ll be sticking w/ the 03!




 
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