What to look for in buying a used 400/426?
Posted August 11, 2005 - 07:00 AM
My question is: What should I be looking for when I go to check these bikes out? Other then the condition, obvious care that was taken, the routine maintenance schedule and any/all replacement parts/upgrades, what should I be looking for? I'm thinking more along the lines of valve adjustments, cam wear and overall engine condition (I think). Are there any sure signs of problems that may lay ahead? Having ridden 2 smokes exclusively before, I'm kinda new to the 4 stroke thing and I would hate to pick up a bike I think I found a great deal on only to have hundreds of dollars of repairs within a month.
Also, I have seen prices vary on the 400s greatly, from all the way down to $1500 up to $3000 - what's the deal here? Is there a such thing as a good deal or am I going to get what I pay for?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Posted August 11, 2005 - 10:12 AM
Posted August 11, 2005 - 11:00 AM
Posted August 11, 2005 - 07:05 PM
The WR426 upper chain guide behind the front sprocket had a bad fit. It could accumulate dirt and grit under it. As a result it would wear or grind on the swingarm at that point. I have seen pictures of cracks located there. Near a weld if I remember right. My WR had the same problem.
It's a simple fix but something to look for. I glued a pice of a bicycle tube to the swingarm under the chain guide and it solved the problem. I think TM Designworks makes a better fitting guide as well. It's pretty important not let the chain get too loose on the older 426's. It will slap pretty hard.
Here is a link to a search I did.
Posted August 11, 2005 - 07:29 PM
If you are patient, you can find very lightly used bikes.
Posted August 12, 2005 - 03:42 AM