400, 425, 450, yr model, which is best
Posted January 14, 2008 - 09:42 AM
will be buying a WR, is there any models that are better to get than others, ie one with less problems, faults, my price range probly looking at a 426, would a 2002 be better to get than a 2001? I noticed in the newbie guide that the 450 2003model had some issues.
also what mods increase the value of the bike the most?
Posted January 14, 2008 - 06:45 PM
Posted January 14, 2008 - 06:57 PM
Posted January 14, 2008 - 07:10 PM
never had a problem with my 03 , at the time i was going to buy a 400 but the 450 wasn't much more and was in better condition , i was warned to stay away from a 426 by the owner of the yamaha shop , said the heads tended to warp . never herd of it anywere else . but its what i was told .
i would go for a 450 ignoring that anyway , new better bigger .
Posted January 14, 2008 - 07:24 PM
I'd forget about the 2003. Also, I like the 2001 and 2002 because they don't have all these emission recycling devices that you will want to remove...
Electric start is nice though. Although I never had problems starting mine with the infamous Yamaha routine...
Posted January 14, 2008 - 08:21 PM
Posted January 15, 2008 - 11:48 PM
Posted January 16, 2008 - 05:30 AM
Posted January 16, 2008 - 05:25 PM
Funny, I thought the 03 450 shared the same head as the 426. I guess they just used a newer, improved head, but still left a hole in it where the decomp lever used to go.
If you get an 03 or 04 450, check to see if there is a rubber plug above the exhaust, if there is I would suggest getting the TT decompression plug replacement. Mine popped out and after asking about it here a lot of other people said the same happened to them and in some cases more than once.
Posted January 16, 2008 - 06:10 PM
I found one for sale locally and it looks in great shape.
I was wondering how they do in some tight rocky single
Are they easy to start,or is there a trick to it??I would
really like something with elec. start, but it's just not in
the budget right now...Any info , much appreciated
Posted January 19, 2008 - 12:05 AM
Solutions for the above. HotCams has auto decomp cams to solve the starting fun. Dr.D has a remote hot start kit that moves the hot start to the bars. How important are these upgrades? Depends on you- I don't have either but have thought about making the changes.
The 400 is an all steel frame but does not have a starter or battery. This is a good weight savings but makes for dual sporting a little harder in some areas. It does however, have a 130 watt stator.
Let me know if there are anymore questions you'd like to have answered.
Posted January 19, 2008 - 05:29 AM
found this link,
http://www.thumperta...ht=wr 426 01 02