Traded the 426... considering a 450


16 replies to this topic
  • dmoney1074

Posted May 21, 2008 - 07:52 PM

#1

So I traded my beloved wr426f for a zx9r, and now I have the dirt bike bug again. I spent so much time on the 426 and It never let me down. I am looking at one of the older 450's, because thats all I can afford right now. I have a few questions though....

1. My main concern is reliability.. How do the early 450's compare to the 400/426 in that department? I really dont need to have the most cutting edge bike, but I figure a 450 would be fun :thumbsup:
2. Are there any trouble spots I should look for when buying?
3. What are the best mods for trails/desert? What do you guys recommend? FWW? Tank? Stabilizer?

Thanks guys!!! Its good to be back!

  • grayracer513

Posted May 21, 2008 - 08:32 PM

#2

A few '03's have seized big ends. The '04 was upgraded. Both nearly indestructible. The trans is slightly tougher than the 426.

FWW? Tank? Stabilizer?

Yes, and a skid plate. A set of ASV's or hand guards can help keep your day from getting ruined, too.

  • dmoney1074

Posted May 21, 2008 - 10:37 PM

#3

Are '04 and '05 nearly the same? '06 is when they re-designed with the alloy frame right?

  • grayracer513

Posted May 22, 2008 - 05:58 AM

#4

True. The '05 had a much improved fork (although not as good as the '06+) and a somewhat less aggressive engine.

'06's can be bought for $3500 or less these days, too.

  • atropine

Posted May 22, 2008 - 10:13 AM

#5

I saw an '06 YZ450 here on the Las Vegas Craigslist a week or two ago for $3200....

  • dmoney1074

Posted May 22, 2008 - 11:02 AM

#6

Are they worth the extra coin? Is there a big difference? Thanks guys

  • 642MX

Posted May 22, 2008 - 11:09 AM

#7

Are they worth the extra coin? Is there a big difference? Thanks guys


I have rode both and yes, the aluminum frame model is worth the extra coin. :thumbsup:

  • grayracer513

Posted May 22, 2008 - 11:15 AM

#8

Are they worth the extra coin? Is there a big difference?

Absolutely, without question.

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  • Beaz

Posted May 22, 2008 - 11:48 AM

#9

I just sold my 01 426 and bought a
2008 450 best move i made I dont think
you can go wrong with a 06-08 yz

  • dmoney1074

Posted May 22, 2008 - 12:11 PM

#10

Ok.. thanks guys, hopefully I can find a clean one for a decent price. Are there any trouble spots with the 06+? Also how does the motor compare to the early 450's?

Thanks :thumbsup:

  • grayracer513

Posted May 22, 2008 - 01:03 PM

#11

Not one problem with either of mine other than a set of water pump seals.

  • dmoney1074

Posted May 22, 2008 - 01:36 PM

#12

Good to know... Thanks Gray

What about the engine characteristics? Have they changed much?

  • grayracer513

Posted May 22, 2008 - 02:17 PM

#13

Power delivery? The '06 is excellent. Very, very linear and smooth, controllable but strong low end, great top end. Nearly perfect, IMO.

  • USED YZ426F

Posted May 22, 2008 - 02:28 PM

#14

Dang, Gray. You make me wish that I could afford an '06-08 450.
Guess that my '00 426 will have to do for at least one more year though (unless I win the "Special Nigerian Email Lottery" this summer).

  • grayracer513

Posted May 22, 2008 - 02:31 PM

#15

(unless I win the "Special Nigerian Email Lottery" this summer).

Are you in that, too???

:thumbsup:

  • usmcpaul

Posted May 22, 2008 - 05:06 PM

#16

(unless I win the "Special Nigerian Email Lottery" this summer).


Sorry guys, I just got an email informing me that I won that lottery. All I have to do is send them $2500 to pay for the taxes and they will send me a check:p

  • Beaz

Posted May 23, 2008 - 05:01 AM

#17

Sorry guys, I just got an email informing me that I won that lottery. All I have to do is send them $2500 to pay for the taxes and they will send me a check:p


Thats funny I sold a old kx250 and one of thoes guys emailed me
saying ill give you a check for 8000 send me the bike and the rest of the money No thanks





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