'98 WR400F vs newer 400 & 426?

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  • Woods_Rider

Posted May 10, 2002 - 07:05 PM


Hey guys,

There's a used '98 WR400F for sale not too far from me that sounds interesting. Its a lot cheaper then the newer 400 & 426's that I have seen.

Can any of you tell me if the differences between the 98 and the later years are significant?

Any things to look out for, or mandatory upgrades?

I do mainly tight, wet woods riding up here in the NorthWet, with some occiasional trail riding in the Cascades where its a little dryer and the trails are a little more open (Little Naches, Easton, Cle Elum).

I was hoping to get a new or newer 400 or 426 or maybe even a WR250F, but I am having trouble raising the money, and I could afford this bike right now, so I am tempted to go check it out.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.



ps: I rode a nicely setup 2000 WR400F recently and loved it.

  • Mike_F

Posted May 11, 2002 - 06:02 AM


If the '$' is right for you, it was maintained properly and runs good when you test ride it, it should be a good bike. The biggest changes from '98 to '02 were; better carburation, stronger clutch and titanium valves.
Good luck...Mike

  • MN_Kevin

Posted May 11, 2002 - 08:02 AM


better suspension
better steering (frame geometry)
MUCH better carburation
beefier clutch (early ones EXPLODED)
426 has better low end torque
better rims (Excel)

  • Thumpster

Posted May 11, 2002 - 09:31 PM



Please check PM

  • arrow101

Posted May 13, 2002 - 05:32 AM


The 98's are good bikes mine has done a swag of kays no major dramas. The newer ones will steer better/tighter. the titanum valves are not always good they bed in and have to be re shimmed after around 1500-2000km's though dont need much attention after that where as mine is on original shims. The 426/250 have a differnt header higher bend where the 400's you have to loosen off to change oil filter, they still have takasago rims on the 98's just not excells and i feel they are stronger than the excells anyways i have hit biiiig stuff and still fairly round. grease the steering bearings and linkages once a year drop the oil after the 3rd tank or after every race meete run good fuel and a good plug and you wont have any problems as long as it has been kept well

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  • Hick

Posted May 13, 2002 - 06:43 AM


Originally posted by arrow101:
The 98's are good bikes mine has done a swag of kays no major dramas.

A swag of kays?

I have a hard time believing that. Got any pictures???

  • lewichris

Posted May 13, 2002 - 06:50 AM


what the hell is a kay?? a kilometer?

[ May 13, 2002: Message edited by: lewichris ]

  • bender647

Posted May 13, 2002 - 07:23 AM


Better frame geometry? What'd they do?

-Ken '99

  • Joel_Gibson

Posted May 13, 2002 - 10:25 AM


I've got a 98. I run the hell out of it. Original clutch, no carb mods. The bike runs good and has been very reliable. I ran the forks up in the clamp 0.350" and it turns fine. I don't feel the 98's had any "major" failings, at least not in my experience with one. I say:
Buy it. Ride it. Break it, Fix it. Repeat cycle.

Just my $.02

  • Woods_Rider

Posted May 13, 2002 - 10:34 AM


Thanks for all the great feedback guys! -Ed

  • lewichris

Posted May 13, 2002 - 11:26 AM


it matters alot on how well you take care of it. and how much preventitive matinence you do.


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