Is anyone else breaking choke knobs?

10 replies to this topic
  • Joe_dirtbiker

Posted January 23, 2006 - 12:15 PM


I'd had an 03 WR450 for six months/1000miles. I bent my choke knob in an unintentional dismount this weekend. I've already replaced it once ($27 I believe). Is anyone else having this issue or do y'all keep the bike shiney side up? Does anyone know of an aftermarket knob? At this rate my choke knob is becoming a $100/year 'consumable'.

  • kevin1209

Posted January 23, 2006 - 12:32 PM


Sounds like bad luck to me. What did your bike land on to poke in there two different times? That takes a lot of talent :thumbsup:

  • Indy_WR450

Posted January 23, 2006 - 12:33 PM


Never heard of that one? :bonk: The only thing that happens to mine is the detent out position wears over time and engine vibration can turn the choke off. :thumbsup:

  • WGP

Posted January 23, 2006 - 12:53 PM


Mine is broken on my 05 but still has a flap I can pull/push.

I thought it was from my Ascerbis Tank hitting it in a crash?

  • dbailey223

Posted January 23, 2006 - 01:13 PM


Never hurt the choke knob on any bike I've had

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  • Koko Azuela

Posted January 23, 2006 - 04:20 PM


Nope, not braking, guess you just have bad luck on breaking that

  • clark4131

Posted January 23, 2006 - 07:04 PM


Yep, broke a piece off my choke, but it still works. I bought a back up and have it stashed for later...SC

  • mtrablue

Posted January 23, 2006 - 07:08 PM


i did it once. not sure what i hit or when. i can't figure out how i got something in there and didn't get speared. i was able to take it apart and straighten the shaft. peel the little sticker off and tap the shaft out of the knob. it'll all come apart from there. i drilled through the knob and shaft and put a cotter pin in when i put it back together. i didn't want the knob to come off in my hand. (bought a spare to be on the safe side)

  • John M62

Posted January 24, 2006 - 04:54 AM


I just bent mine, so I replaced it. I'm not sure how it happened. I was riding in very tight woods that day.

  • nurooi

Posted January 24, 2006 - 05:36 AM


Yip bent my double. Seems that if you take a dive off the bike over the right hand front, your boot will catch the knob / pull it out and bend it in half. Then when trying to straighten it, it snaps. I have ordered a new one but in the interrim just unscrew it and hold the spring and plunger out. Once the bike starts I screw it back in. Let it idle for awhile until the bike is warm and you will not need it again for the rest of your ride.

  • Joe_dirtbiker

Posted January 24, 2006 - 03:11 PM


Wow, thanks for all the response. Good to know I'm not the only one. The first bent knob I blamed on my buddy Adam for being a meathead when strapping down the bikes (guess I was wrong...). The second time I notice just when the knob got bent. Falling over the right side of the bike. I was starting to wonder if it was my boot that had bent the knob since I knew it wasn't anything I fell onto. Thanks for the confirmation nurooi.

I too modified the first bent choke knob. Tried to bend it back just before leaving for 5 Mile of Hell. It broke. I then put some grooves in the shaft with my dremel and used some safetywire to fashion a functional knob fascimilie.

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