426 right for me???


22 replies to this topic
  • madmatt69

Posted April 04, 2006 - 08:33 AM

#1

i was lookin for a bigger 4stroke
i like the crf 450s but there so damn expensive
i ride in glamis, jump and trail ride alot
some times track
the 426s are much cheaper but will it be a bike i can use????
thnx

  • sldietz

Posted April 04, 2006 - 08:52 AM

#2

Definately, more reliable and less maintenance than the CRF450 as well. Try to find an '02..had the most revisions before it went to 450. :thumbsup:

  • kid on a 426

Posted April 04, 2006 - 05:33 PM

#3

But the 2000's are the most reliable with the ss valves

  • Johnyb

Posted April 04, 2006 - 05:55 PM

#4

i was lookin for a bigger 4stroke
i like the crf 450s but there so damn expensive
i ride in glamis, jump and trail ride alot
some times track
the 426s are much cheaper but will it be a bike i can use????
thnx


Hey Madmatt, go over to the CRF450R forum and find out what riders are picking up 450's for. I just noticed some dude picking up an 05 for $4800 bucks. Good deal for top HP :thumbsup:

  • 00YZ426FMRCD

Posted April 04, 2006 - 06:53 PM

#5

the 426s are much cheaper but will it be a bike i can use????
thnx


Hell ya you can use it and them some. One of the most versatile/reliable bikes in my book. I don't care what year 00-02... For example, I am going to use mine to till my garden here in the next couple of weeks when it's time to plant... :thumbsup:

  • 642MX

Posted April 04, 2006 - 07:48 PM

#6

I agree, 426's are the "do it all bikes". I can race a local Saturday night MX race and then race a Hare Scramble the next day with the same bike with no adjustments or problems.

  • 642MX

Posted April 04, 2006 - 07:53 PM

#7

Hey Madmatt, go over to the CRF450R forum and find out what riders are picking up 450's for. I just noticed some dude picking up an 05 for $4800 bucks. Good deal for top HP :thumbsup:




I can tell you what guys are picking up for there CRF's.... Balancer shafts, balancer shaft bearings, water pump seals, valves, cylinder heads and rings. :thumbsup:

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  • Raven1911

Posted April 04, 2006 - 07:55 PM

#8

A 426 is right for anyone! Most versatile bike and reliable too. Love mine. Get one you won't be disappointed. Just do the exhaust cam mod on it and it will be even better of a bike, if that is possible!

  • yz_for_me

Posted April 04, 2006 - 08:17 PM

#9

But the 2000's are the most reliable with the ss valves


The 2000 had Ti valves just like the '01 and '02. If anything, the 2000 is the least reliable (but overall still very reliable) because of the the counter balancer key. A few of the 2000 bikes had problems when this key fell out. The '01 and '02 fixed this problem by going to a splined shaft for the counter balancer. Additionally, the 2000 had some issues with a grabby clutch.

All in all the 426 (of any year) is a great bike. It's a bit heavy by today's standards and gets a bit of a bad rap for it, but it has a sweet motor, is as reliable as an anvil, has good stable and neutral handling and is a blast to ride. I would not hesitate to pick up a used one in good shape. I would try to find one as new as possible but more importantly one that has been well maintained.

  • Yak

Posted April 04, 2006 - 08:25 PM

#10

2000 = Steel Valves.

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  • xnofriendsx

Posted April 05, 2006 - 08:44 AM

#11

I ride trails and dunes and this bike is great all around. It is a MX bike, but i think it is great for trails and dunes as well. Do the Hot Cam mod though. Way better than the decompression stuff. Other than that, it is a great bike to just jump on and it goes good with not too much maintenance. My brother just got a 2002 WR426 cause he liked my 2002 YZF426 so much but wanted the different gears, etc.
Sick bike. I am 6ft 5in and 235lbs. Great for me bombin up dunes in the sand.

  • sldietz

Posted April 05, 2006 - 09:23 AM

#12

The 2000 had Ti valves just like the '01 and '02. If anything, the 2000 is the least reliable (but overall still very reliable) because of the the counter balancer key. A few of the 2000 bikes had problems when this key fell out. The '01 and '02 fixed this problem by going to a splined shaft for the counter balancer. Additionally, the 2000 had some issues with a grabby clutch.

All in all the 426 (of any year) is a great bike. It's a bit heavy by today's standards and gets a bit of a bad rap for it, but it has a sweet motor, is as reliable as an anvil, has good stable and neutral handling and is a blast to ride. I would not hesitate to pick up a used one in good shape. I would try to find one as new as possible but more importantly one that has been well
maintained.


2000 had Steel Valves.
Carb problems
Clutch problems
front brake problems.

  • JESTERCYCLE

Posted April 05, 2006 - 03:58 PM

#13

Just picked up a 2001 yz426f last night in beautiful unmolested condition super clean for 2200 bucks the only add ons are a gripper seat and fly wheel weight without having ridden it without the weight am I losing a lot of snap?

  • kid on a 426

Posted April 05, 2006 - 04:44 PM

#14

It should still have a lot of snap either way as long as it is jetted right and the pilot screw adjusted

  • JESTERCYCLE

Posted April 05, 2006 - 05:29 PM

#15

any updates/simple mods that actually make a difference I should consider? :thumbsup:

  • yz_for_me

Posted April 05, 2006 - 08:55 PM

#16

2000 had Steel Valves.


Yep. My bad. :thumbsup:

  • xnofriendsx

Posted April 06, 2006 - 07:18 AM

#17

Jestercycle.
If you go onto the main YZ forum, up top, they have a list of mods you can do. #1 mod for me is my Hot Cam. No decompression lever and all the crap that goes along with that. I have mine setup for my height, 6ft 5in, but there are tons of threads on that on this forum. Just do searches on "mods".

  • CampCounty4Fifty

Posted April 06, 2006 - 09:22 AM

#18

Jestercycle.
If you go onto the main YZ forum, up top, they have a list of mods you can do. #1 mod for me is my Hot Cam. No decompression lever and all the crap that goes along with that. I have mine setup for my height, 6ft 5in, but there are tons of threads on that on this forum. Just do searches on "mods".


just recently purchased '02 426 for my son, good rider, just really tall - 6'5" also. suggestions on taller set up ????

  • xnofriendsx

Posted April 06, 2006 - 09:46 AM

#19

I am not sure if posted this earlier in this thread, but for me being so tall, here is my setup.
6ft 5in.
10mm Bar Mount risers
Renthal Fat Bar RC High Bend (114mm rise)
Do the foot peg mod where is lowers the peg. Really easy to do and it drops the pegs about half an inch? or so.
Tall Seat Foam> I have yet to get this, but it helps.
Search this forum for the foot peg mod and photos.

  • sldietz

Posted April 06, 2006 - 02:31 PM

#20

Go with heavier springs front and back. Raise the fork oil height to 80-100mm from the top...stock is 130 believe. A Boyesen accelerator pump cover is a good mod as well...adds to the snap off the bottom.





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