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Yamaha WR450F (2006)


Owner: Toad Atsma
Added on December 25, 2016



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What did you do to your WR today?

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4436 replies to this topic
  • X-Racer

    TT Bronze Member

428 posts
Location: Arizona

Posted December 08, 2010 - 10:18 PM


I took it out and rode through some mixed snow, slush, mud, and ice! Here's the crew!


Four bikes... Five people. What about the girl ?

What did I do to my WR ? Found it (a lightly used 04), bought it ($1500), took it home and cleaned it (carb, tank, coolant, oil) now I'm looking to hype-it up (esthetically). It's already way fast.

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  • Shred Jesse

    TT Silver Member

707 posts
Location: Oregon

Posted December 09, 2010 - 12:01 AM


Five bikes. You can't see my WR very well in there. If you can the rear tires, there are five in there!

  • drofman

    TT Newbie

15 posts
Location: California

Posted December 09, 2010 - 05:52 PM


We still wanna know about the girl

  • 04WR450F

    TT Bronze Member

364 posts
Location: Colorado

Posted December 09, 2010 - 05:59 PM


Four bikes... Five people. What about the girl ?

What did I do to my WR ? Found it (a lightly used 04), bought it ($1500), took it home and cleaned it (carb, tank, coolant, oil) now I'm looking to hype-it up (esthetically). It's already way fast.


You bought that for $1500???!!!! What a steal!

  • X-Racer

    TT Bronze Member

428 posts
Location: Arizona

Posted December 09, 2010 - 11:33 PM


You bought that for $1500???!!!! What a steal!


It COULD be even less than that if I can get the guy's quad sold for him.

Either way I'm pretty stoked. Unfortunately it's a CA RED STICKER bike. ...but no bother. We don't ride in summer anyways.

I'm looking for carbon fiber frame guards and glide plate. I hate Al guards and at my age I'm not going to be bouncing it off of anything (intentionally). ...but it doesn't look like anyone made any for it. Not sure if the same year YZ would fit.

The bars are slightly bent. I may try to straighten them, but hate doing that. I'm looking for a pipe. Probably going to go with a FMF Q4. It needs hand and a front disc guard. I also guess I'd want a bigger tank, but I don't on my CRFx so still TBD there.

The goal is to eventually legalize it. ...but that base is currently covered with the LC4-E.

I've yet to really ride it, but did get around the block on it. It feels scarey fast. ...guessing faster than my CRFx.

So now I am going to school on all you guys in learning the maintenance details. Lucky for me the girl does most of the routine wrenching, cleaning, adjustments.

Any recommendations, hints and "look fors" are welcome. After some reading it sounds like I better get to all the pivot bearings.

  • davidl9999

    TT Addict

3,907 posts
Location: California

Posted December 10, 2010 - 09:15 AM


Doooon't straighten the bars! :thumbsup: :blah: :ride:
anyway, my 2c on that. Nice bike for $1500!

  • X-Racer

    TT Bronze Member

428 posts
Location: Arizona

Posted December 10, 2010 - 10:16 AM


Doooon't straighten the bars! :blah: :ride: :bonk:
anyway, my 2c on that. Nice bike for $1500!


I just got an offer for the quad at $2K so the 450F price is now $1K. :thumbsup:

Re Bar straightening: I know... Pretty ghetto huh ? Well it's only slightly and if I did get them straight I could keep them for hot back-ups in the toyhauler (save-a-ride) rack.

Now I can afford the goodies fer chure !

  • the_smoo

    TT Bronze Member

227 posts
Location: Other

Posted December 11, 2010 - 07:33 AM


installed the Turn Tech 2.5A battery to replace the stocker... cranks just as hard as the original...

  • flynz

    TT Member

67 posts
Location: Idaho

Posted December 11, 2010 - 10:47 AM


Don't straighten install ProTapers

Doooon't straighten the bars! :thumbsup: :blah: :ride:
anyway, my 2c on that. Nice bike for $1500!


It COULD be even less than that if I can get the guy's quad sold for him.

Either way I'm pretty stoked. Unfortunately it's a CA RED STICKER bike. ...but no bother. We don't ride in summer anyways.

I'm looking for carbon fiber frame guards and glide plate. I hate Al guards and at my age I'm not going to be bouncing it off of anything (intentionally). ...but it doesn't look like anyone made any for it. Not sure if the same year YZ would fit.

The bars are slightly bent. I may try to straighten them, but hate doing that. I'm looking for a pipe. Probably going to go with a FMF Q4. It needs hand and a front disc guard. I also guess I'd want a bigger tank, but I don't on my CRFx so still TBD there.

The goal is to eventually legalize it. ...but that base is currently covered with the LC4-E.

I've yet to really ride it, but did get around the block on it. It feels scarey fast. ...guessing faster than my CRFx.

So now I am going to school on all you guys in learning the maintenance details. Lucky for me the girl does most of the routine wrenching, cleaning, adjustments.

Any recommendations, hints and "look fors" are welcome. After some reading it sounds like I better get to all the pivot bearings.



  • davidl9999

    TT Addict

3,907 posts
Location: California

Posted December 12, 2010 - 09:15 PM


Took my daughter and five friends riding today. Not enough bikes, but everyone was good about taking turns! :thumbsup:

  • jayh300

    TT Platinum Member

1,861 posts
Location: Texas

Posted December 13, 2010 - 06:30 AM


rock trail... folded rear brake lever to a 90... kinda easy to use that way, but folded it back as best i could trail side...

  • Shred Jesse

    TT Silver Member

707 posts
Location: Oregon

Posted December 13, 2010 - 01:03 PM


Oh man, I wish my brake lever was bent out a bit more. I wan ta seriously gnarly brake lever so I can get extra good rear brake feel!

  • jayh300

    TT Platinum Member

1,861 posts
Location: Texas

Posted December 13, 2010 - 01:33 PM


Oh man, I wish my brake lever was bent out a bit more. I wan ta seriously gnarly brake lever so I can get extra good rear brake feel!


i should have taken the camera out and shot a picture.. it was nasty.. the part you hit your foot on was almost touching the peg...

  • Shred Jesse

    TT Silver Member

707 posts
Location: Oregon

Posted December 17, 2010 - 01:34 PM


So I got new stuff in that I'll be putting on the bike:

-New bark busters (bolt to the triple tree kind
-New skid plate (big burly one)
-New levers (new ones + new backups)
-Wheel, swingarm and front wheel bearings (nothing pretty to see there)
-Powerbomb header!!!!


I'll be mounting most of this stuff Sunday. I hope to show it off to you guys shortly after I complete putting it all on my bike!

  • mweitz

    TT Bronze Member

259 posts
Location: California

Posted December 17, 2010 - 02:31 PM


Which bark busters did you get and which mount, there are some gotchas ...

Don't bother with new and backup levers, just get some ASV or other "unbreakables". You don't want to carry spare levers with you, and you don't want to be several miles on a trip with broken levers.

So I got new stuff in that I'll be putting on the bike:

-New bark busters (bolt to the triple tree kind
-New skid plate (big burly one)
-New levers (new ones + new backups)
-Wheel, swingarm and front wheel bearings (nothing pretty to see there)
-Powerbomb header!!!!


I'll be mounting most of this stuff Sunday. I hope to show it off to you guys shortly after I complete putting it all on my bike!



  • mweitz

    TT Bronze Member

259 posts
Location: California

Posted December 17, 2010 - 02:35 PM


Oh, don't forget steering head bearings. You are probably due for those too. Probably about 35 bucks.

  • Shred Jesse

    TT Silver Member

707 posts
Location: Oregon

Posted December 18, 2010 - 12:22 AM


Which bark busters did you get and which mount, there are some gotchas ...


Ascerbis pro bends, and the triple clamp mounting system. I've got new bolts and everything. his should work damn good! :excuseme:

Don't bother with new and backup levers, just get some ASV or other "unbreakables". You don't want to carry spare levers with you, and you don't want to be several miles on a trip with broken levers.


Where the heck did you get this idea? If I'm just several miles out and I gotta back track, no big deal! I've seen ASV's break, and sure you get sent a new pair... but fedex doesn't deliver same day to the woods now do they! I'll just have spare levers in my tool box back at the truck!


I am long overdue for steering head bearings. It'll have to wait unfortunately as my funds are now being diverted into xmas presents.

  • mweitz

    TT Bronze Member

259 posts
Location: California

Posted December 18, 2010 - 05:38 AM


There are no guarantees in life, but smart folks do what they can to improve the odds.

I did a 6 hour ironman last June and broke my brake lever about 2 hours in. Sure, it was rideable, but an ASV would have eliminated that break.

In my last race, I had to run the second half without the shift lever. I did it, but it was pretty difficult. Once you are going it is fine, starting is pretty difficult on a non kickstart bike in some scenarios, trust me.

For the triple clamp mounts, yes, longer bolts are needed. The CRFX mounts also seem to work better for the WR IIRC. I believe the standard ones were too wide.

I see you got it all worked out though, so I'll keep my advice to myself from now on :excuseme:

Ascerbis pro bends, and the triple clamp mounting system. I've got new bolts and everything. his should work damn good! :busted:



Where the heck did you get this idea? If I'm just several miles out and I gotta back track, no big deal! I've seen ASV's break, and sure you get sent a new pair... but fedex doesn't deliver same day to the woods now do they! I'll just have spare levers in my tool box back at the truck!


I am long overdue for steering head bearings. It'll have to wait unfortunately as my funds are now being diverted into xmas presents.



  • Shred Jesse

    TT Silver Member

707 posts
Location: Oregon

Posted December 19, 2010 - 12:06 AM


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Welp, there she is with all the pretty new stuff done on her! New bark busters, new skid plate, and the FMF powerbomb header installed. Beast starts right up and appears happy as a clam with it's current jetting.

Just to appreciate the new ease of changing oil, I did an oil change. What used to be a pain in the butt process was now a breeze. Booya!

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These are the gnarly triple tree mounted cyrca bark busters. These should protect my hands, and levers, and bars, and probably something else I'm not thinking of! It was a bit of a pain to put on, and I had to do a few minor things to customize the fit, but it's on, it's rad, and I'm stoked!

  • Shred Jesse

    TT Silver Member

707 posts
Location: Oregon

Posted December 19, 2010 - 09:39 AM


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This is also quite interesting... while installing the FMF powerbomb header, I removed my exhaust. It's always had some rattle, and we largely figured it was due to missing bolts. Well I picked the exhaust up off the bike, turned it a bit to make for easy holding, and felt a *slide* *WAM* as something inside hit the end of the exhaust. I unbolted to investigate, and this baffle was in there just free floating around?!!?!?!?!? What the hell?

Anyways, I pulled it out. The bike isn't all that much louder, infact I can't quite tell if there's a difference yet. Power doesn't seem to have changed, but I need to get it on the trail to be certain!





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