'03 or '04 WR450F?


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  • wilthis

Posted April 05, 2005 - 06:13 PM

#1

I'm contemplating changing teams, from a DRZ400E to a WR450F. Although the Suzuki has been a great bike, I find myself riding less "trails" and more tighter, faster, technical stuff and figured the WR would be a better choice. Agreed?

I"ve been reading these posts and it seems that the '04 might be the better bike? There seem to be problems with the '03 that was fixed with the '04 model. Is this true?

  • StreetbikePimp

Posted April 05, 2005 - 06:22 PM

#2

Early production models of the 03 WR had issues with woodruff keys shearing if the bike stalled hard or backfired. If the key bent or sheared, it threw off the timing, and your bike wouldn't start. The "band-aid" fix is to Loctite the flywheel to the crank, but a long term, better fix is to upgrade the 03 model with the 04 parts. In 04, they change one of starter gears to have a built in dampner to absorb the kickback if the bike were to stall or backfire.

Several people on this board have upgraded there 03 with 04 parts and have not seen any issues since. (myself included)

You can buy an 03, but you will want to make sure that it's been upgraded.

  • waterdog3

Posted April 05, 2005 - 07:22 PM

#3

I Have A 01-wr426 And A 04-wr450 That I Just Picked Up Yesterday. The 426 I Paid $2900.00 And The 04 I Paid $4500.00 For. The Bike Are Equal, The Main Difference Is The 04 Has An Electric Start. Some People May Disagree But I Rode Both Today Over The Same Trail And There Was No Noticeable Difference To Me, Except $1600.00 .

  • shawnwt

Posted April 05, 2005 - 08:39 PM

#4

I just sold my 04 DRZ 400 suzuki after 2mo's. And purchased 05Wr450yami.
Totally happy with the bike get ready to loft the front end at will.

  • Desracer

Posted April 05, 2005 - 09:21 PM

#5

The 04 model has better suspension and starter drive upgrades. Use the rule of thumb to always go as new as you can.

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  • black_n_blue_thumper

Posted April 05, 2005 - 09:41 PM

#6

I Have A 01-wr426 And A 04-wr450 That I Just Picked Up Yesterday. The 426 I Paid $2900.00 And The 04 I Paid $4500.00 For. The Bike Are Equal, The Main Difference Is The 04 Has An Electric Start. Some People May Disagree But I Rode Both Today Over The Same Trail And There Was No Noticeable Difference To Me, Except $1600.00 .

You had to know someone would disagree. I do. I have ridden my uncles 2002 426 with all the mods and a FMF powerbomb header and pipe. I have an 04 450 with the free mods and a GYTR pipe. The difference is huge. On the 426 I have a somewhat difficult time pulling a second gear wheelie, meaning I really have to sit back and pull hard on the bars. On my 04 450 I can whip one up in third with no problems at all. The 426 has great power, but not near the same power as the 450. I will say I like the 'feel' of the 426 better. More comfy seat and feels way lighter and smaller under me. There is nothing wrong with either bike , and both are great choices. IMHO.

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted April 06, 2005 - 05:38 AM

#7

I"ve been reading these posts and it seems that the '04 might be the better bike? There seem to be problems with the '03 that was fixed with the '04 model. Is this true?


That's a big yes, it's true!!! The dreaded Woodruff key issue and the starting system were the 03's weakest points, if those issues have been addressed, the 03 is a fantastic bike with no other big flaws. In 04 all the bugs were gone..

  • wilthis

Posted April 06, 2005 - 08:10 AM

#8

Whats the cost to upgrade '04 parts? Maybe I'm better off looking at the '04. The only issue I have with the '05 is the smaller tank.

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted April 06, 2005 - 08:49 AM

#9

I dunno the cost of the starter upgrade, Dave knows this, I'm sure he'll chime in. I think it's in your best interest to look for an 04 or 05... Only my opinion..

  • djv5

Posted April 06, 2005 - 09:31 AM

#10

I have a 2003 WR450f with over 5,000 enduro street and trail miles. No problems with starter woodruff key issues ever. Uncorked, free mods, and a great bike. A jet kit and Yoshimura exhaust really improved the power. I use the electric start button 99% of the time!

Please don't classify ALL 2004 WR's as having starter problems, it was only a select bunch of production #'s.




 
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