Posted March 30, 2006 - 01:15 AM
After how long?
Is it expensive/easy to replace?
Should i steer clear?
Posted March 30, 2006 - 05:55 AM
Posted March 30, 2006 - 06:14 AM
There is an upgrade to the 2004 parts that costs around 200 USD. Some guys on this forum put together an awesome description of the work. Go to wr450.com for more info.
If the 03 bike you are looking at is in good shape, buy it and do the starter upgrade.
I sure enjoy my 03!
Posted March 30, 2006 - 06:18 AM
One more thing. Do not buy the whole side cover. The bushing for the existing cover can be purchased from Yamaha for ~ 50 cents. Then you can do the whole install in about 10 minutes since there's no need to drain the oil and remove the side cover.
Posted March 30, 2006 - 09:38 AM
I tested the link and it worked for me
Thanks for that but I could not get the link to work. Is it correct?
Posted March 30, 2006 - 12:07 PM
PBDblue and I were in on the very beginning of the "sheared woodruff key" issue on the 2003 WRs. Go to this discussion thread and read it in its entirety, I have several posts in the thread.
You will then know all there is to know about the real cause of the woodruff key problem, have an accurate parts list, a source for the parts, with prices and accurate instructions for installing the necessary upgrade parts.
The 2003 WR is a great bike, I owned one. The 2004 WR is virtually identical to the 2003WR with the addition of the improved starter gear train and improved jetting --- American versions were jetted VERY lean on the pilot and main jets.