What to look 4 when buying 426?


6 replies to this topic
  • ftw-1

Posted March 03, 2006 - 10:47 AM

#1

I'm starting my search for a 2000-2002 426. I'm going to be using it in the dirt for this season and hopefully motard next. Other than the usual things to look for when buying a dirtbike, do you guys have any thing specific for the 426? Thanks

  • MichiganMXer

Posted March 03, 2006 - 02:05 PM

#2

Pull the oil cap and see what the oil looks like, if its dirty the second guess the maintenance of the motor. See how the forks line up. Chain and sprockets. If they're original (probably not) then the guy never rode it. See if the bars are stock, if so that may be a good sign too because he probably didn't ride it much.

If the guy raced it, so what? Most of the guys I know that race keep their bikes in better shape than most woods/weekend warrior riders.

I'm not a great wrench though, guys around here can tear down thier bikes in an hour and rebuild it by morning. Take some good photo's of the motor, sprockets, linkage, forks etc. You'll learn alot from these guys.

  • palmdaleRider

Posted March 03, 2006 - 02:37 PM

#3

1 or 2 kick start. After warm up there should be no hesitation in revving the motor. Smooth clutch release, no oils around the head, the fork seals. Rims are round and true, few or no rim dents. Pull the seat and look for over all cleanliness in the airbox, wire connections. Thats what I can think of off the top or my head. Write all the ideas down or you'll forget when looking over the bike and talking with the owner. Good Luck!

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  • xnofriendsx

Posted March 03, 2006 - 03:31 PM

#4

When i bought my 2002 YZ426, i had looked at some 2001 YZ426's and i didn't like kicking the thing over. If you can find a YZ426 with a Hot Cam in it, then you will be pretty stoked. It just kicks over way easier and when you are tired and stall the thing, the last thing you want to be doing is kicking over a bike that is hard to turn over.
I bought mine from a guy who was like 45 (I am 31) and he just wanted to get out of the sport and gave me everything. Look for an older guy selling one.
I would also look for someone who didn't ride it in the sand/dunes. That stuff eats up your bike and if they aren't doing oil changes after every sand/dune ride then it takes its toll on the bike.
Anyways.. Just my 2 cents.

  • yogist

Posted March 03, 2006 - 06:34 PM

#5

Find one that somebody took care of ..a garage queen..Are the rims bent??
Is the underside of the bike all bashed up?? How are the sprockets??
Is the oil clean?? Brake pads?? Clutch adjusted properly?? Maintenance records?? I meticulously take care of my stuff and record Maintenance done..
Find someone like me,And you should have a great bike..Dont buy a bike thats been to the dunes and is all sandblasted..Dunes = heavy abuse...

  • kid on a 426

Posted March 03, 2006 - 09:44 PM

#6

I'm starting my search for a 2000-2002 426. I'm going to be using it in the dirt for this season and hopefully motard next. Other than the usual things to look for when buying a dirtbike, do you guys have any thing specific for the 426? Thanks

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  • Milhaus

Posted March 03, 2006 - 10:25 PM

#7

I just brought home my new to me 2000 YZ426F and it was truely a garage queen. I fear that the seals are damaged from lack of use more than anything else. It came complete with the Baja Designs enduro kit. The paint hasn't even been touched by boot marks above the foot pegs and it appears to be meticulously maintained.

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