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Yamaha WR450F (2009)


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  • Jeromba

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Location: California
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Posted August 17, 2014 - 07:38 PM


My 2008 WR450 setup for the Great Divide Trail. We ran this 2,500 mile route from Canada to Mexico this summer and the WR and my adventure setup did great. I did have an issue with the rear rack, but luckily it was at the end of the trail and the issue is repairable.

 

Happy to answer questions and/or share details of my setup.

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  • Ron W

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82 posts
Location: California

Posted August 17, 2014 - 07:50 PM


Installed a Rekluse Z-Pro Start auto-clutch on my 2005 WR450F.

Took it out for the required break-in, gap check and a little play riding.

Rekluse doesn't make the EXP 3.0 (their newest version) for my 05 WR, so I went with the Z-Pro Start.

What a hoot! I never realized how much I used the clutch while riding. Now I have to develope a whole new set of reflexes, because I don't need to hold the clutch the way I used to.

It's really cool when you come into a wash with loose rocks. You just slow down, focus on where you want to go and pick your way through.

I understand its a bad habit to get into because it is supposedly a lot harder on the clutch, but its amazing how you can just leave it in 3rd gear in the rough stuff and just motor through.

With a standard clutch the engine would be lugging and a down shift would be needed. But because the clutch is sensitive to engine speed not wheel speed, it can slip and not lug the motor.

You just about have to ride it to understand what I'm trying to say.

I know they are a little pricey, but from my research they appear to be very well built and last a long time.

If your on the fence about buying one, I would highly recommend it.

 

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  • Andrew Watson

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Location: Australia

Posted August 18, 2014 - 02:52 AM


Jeromba,

 

Can you tell us what did for the rear end of the bike to take the additional weight in photo. I'm trying to adventurise my 2012 WR at the moment and I'm trying to figure out what to do for a rack for luggage etc.

 

Andrew

 

 

My 2008 WR450 setup for the Great Divide Trail. We ran this 2,500 mile route from Canada to Mexico this summer and the WR and my adventure setup did great. I did have an issue with the rear rack, but luckily it was at the end of the trail and the issue is repairable.

 

Happy to answer questions and/or share details of my setup.



  • Jeromba

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Location: California
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Posted August 18, 2014 - 08:44 AM


The weight I needed to carry consisted of ~25 lbs of camping gear and tools plus 2 gallons of gasoline (only 1 gallon per rotopak). The total weight on the rack was ~37 lbs. When searching for a rack, I wanted a rack that was not fully reliant on the subframe to support the weight. There are not many racks available for the WR450. The Cycleracks.com rack was the only one I found with legs that extend the weight to the frame, rather then rely on the subframe. You can see a better picture of the rack here https://cycleracks.c...26/Default.aspx

 

After I purchased the rack, I fabricated aluminum mounting plates on either side for the rotopaks. I should have also added some triangulation from the aluminum plates to the lower legs of the rack.

 

My rack performed well for 2000 miles, but failed due to excessive flexing at a critical point. I don't know how to upload a picture to this reply, so I'll need to explain: Take a look at the picture of my rack in the original post. At the upper left hand corner of the rotopak you'll see the rack has a prominent bend in the leg that later connects to the frame. This prominent bend was the point of failure. An easy way to fix this weak point is to fabricate and weld a truss section underneath the lower leg. In the case of my specific setup, I simply need to add a support that extends from the aluminum plate to the lower leg.



  • Sidewinder1970

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Location: Netherlands
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Posted August 21, 2014 - 02:45 AM


Installed a lithium ion batt. Weight: just more than 500 gram.

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  • Derwud

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Location: California
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Posted August 21, 2014 - 05:12 AM


Just did the same. The weight difference is unbelievable... So far no problems..

  • LucasLeader

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41 posts
Location: California

Posted August 21, 2014 - 02:14 PM


I had one in my DR650 for a couple of years and the only problem I had was when it was below about 40F. I had to get some current going through it before it would turn the engine over.



  • MidlifeCrisisGuy

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1,872 posts
Location: Other

Posted August 21, 2014 - 07:12 PM


I washed it, thoroughly ! 

 

It was very dirty from a lot of riding the last couple months. 

 

Presently sporting a flat back tire.  It spun on the rim when the bike landed after being airborn while climbing a hill full throttle in 2nd gear.  Pretty aggressive on my part.   I had it aired down (6 PSI ?, too far) because it was slippery as snot on the weekend. 

 

Spent a great afternoon on Sunday doing nothing but trying to climb big long hills in terrible, slippery conditions.  What a blast.  I was terribly sore and tired on Monday though.  Funny story... I was cursing my skills and the bike after spinning out half way up one hill.   Only to find it was so slick I couldn't stand !   I guess I did pretty well going as high as I did.   The guys on the XR600 and the YZ250F wouldn't even try !  LOL.

 

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  • RMK800

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Location: Utah
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Posted August 22, 2014 - 01:20 PM


Installed a lithium ion batt. Weight: just more than 500 gram.


I just purchased a Shorie Lithium battery. Getting it today. It seems you cannot charge it by a regular charger? What if you put it on a two amp battery tender? Did you buy any special charger?

  • vlxjim

    TT Bronze Member

343 posts
Location: California
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Posted August 22, 2014 - 01:35 PM


You don't need the special charger. The port is for a balance charger but the battery has an internal passive balancing circuit. So yes the battery tender will work fine. You just cannot use a sophisticated charger that has desulfation mode on it.



  • revelc

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319 posts

Posted August 22, 2014 - 02:30 PM


Rode my bike 20 miles to work. Installed hand guards and started pricing parts for a dual sport conversion.
I think I can pull it off for less than $100.

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Also added the OZ map with my brand new tuner. It makes wheelies much more fun and controllable :)


2014 WRR R.I.Pieces
2012 WR450F ECU, GYTR tuner, Yoshi RS4, MSR rad guards, Cycra Pros, and a growing wish list...

  • aust014

    TT Member

68 posts
Location: Iowa

Posted August 23, 2014 - 09:55 PM


Last weekend I put a 2013 headlight on my 05 WR450, oh and installed a fan. 

 

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  • MountainRider35

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Location: Idaho
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Posted August 24, 2014 - 12:20 AM


Not all today but in two weeks I bought a 05 wr450 put on new tires, installed a keyed ignition, new air filter, changed from oversized tank to stock, installed jd jet kit and cleaned the carb wow never seen one so bad!, new petcock, also new crank case cover gasket and bolt.

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  • DRZ04

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947 posts
Location: California

Posted August 24, 2014 - 08:19 PM


Last weekend I put a 2013 headlight on my 05 WR450, oh and installed a fan. 

 

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Aust what radiator guards do you have on and where did you get the fan? Did you have to adapt from another or what? I would like to put one on my '12.



  • aust014

    TT Member

68 posts
Location: Iowa

Posted August 25, 2014 - 10:48 AM


Aust what radiator guards do you have on and where did you get the fan? Did you have to adapt from another or what? I would like to put one on my '12.

I got the fan off of ebay, here's the link to that fan http://www.ebay.com/...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT if you get the fan and wire it up and it is a pusher not a puller that is because the wires need to be switched around (know from experience). The switch I used to turn it on and off is  http://www.ebay.com/itm/141140656787?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT. The radiator guards I believe say Devol on them, I will check to see if I am right when I get home. What do you mean by adapt from another one?


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  • aust014

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68 posts
Location: Iowa

Posted August 25, 2014 - 11:12 AM


Not all today but in two weeks I bought a 05 wr450 put on new tires, installed a keyed ignition, new air filter, changed from oversized tank to stock, installed jd jet kit and cleaned the carb wow never seen one so bad!, new petcock, also new crank case cover gasket and bolt.

What did you use to mount the ignition, right now zip ties are holding mine on



  • MountainRider35

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 03:43 PM


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PO had a togle switch for the grey wire mod there which I didnt understand why? So I removed it a bolted the key in there.

 

 



  • RockerYZWR
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Location: Florida
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Posted August 25, 2014 - 04:54 PM


PO had a togle switch for the grey wire mod there which I didnt understand why? So I removed it a bolted the key in there.

Most likely because he read about somebody here doing it and thought it sounded cool. Just a guess!

  • stevethe

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Location: California
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Posted August 25, 2014 - 05:12 PM


Most likely because he read about somebody here doing it and thought it sounded cool. Just a guess!

 

I use to have one it gives you a WR traction map and a YZ speedster map. Just for the price of the switch.



  • aust014

    TT Member

68 posts
Location: Iowa

Posted August 25, 2014 - 05:40 PM


Thanks ill have to make that kind of mount 







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