WR400 vs 426
Posted October 16, 2005 - 07:06 PM
I also was told buy a gentleman with a 400 already converted to motard that the 400 had steel valves rather than titanium in the 426, thus making it just a tad more reliable.
So whats the gen opinion? 400 or 426?
Posted October 16, 2005 - 09:11 PM
Posted October 17, 2005 - 01:00 AM
as i said then,
for the weekend rider, (me) i dont think the 450 or 426 upgrades would benefit me, eg handling
the 400 is fine with more than enough power, when you think about it, the 450 is only approx 12% bigger displacement,
but if you are an avid racer of course the newer models will benefit
the only thing i can think of that is better about the 426s is
- upgraded carb (slide plate problem almost gone) i havnt had a problem
- aluminium subframe, lighter
various other things
but yeah as mentioned, with a well looked after motor they are bullet proof.
i love the 400s.
i just checked my valves, the SS last forever, my centre intake had NO carbon on it at all, all i had to do was lap the exhaust valves and they were fine, well within spec, the valve guides were also fine
there are a million mods you can do to make the 400s just as competitive as the 450s, but then again it all comes down to experience and how good a rider you are.
cheers - Brett