Posted April 10, 2009 - 12:55 PM
Posted April 10, 2009 - 01:55 PM
If this is a problem on your bike you will need to do an upgrade to the the 04 starter components.
Those few posts should get you going. Other than this issue there are guys with these bikes with thousands of miles on them trouble free. My 03 has never had this issue but its a canadian model and is jetted a bit better but can certainly happen I guess under the right conditions.
Posted April 11, 2009 - 05:56 AM
Posted April 11, 2009 - 08:50 AM
Posted April 11, 2009 - 10:53 PM
Click on the link that follows and read it completely. You will then know more about the 2003 Woodruff key issue than anyone on your block. http://www.thumperta...hlight=bajafool Take particular note of my comments.
I suggest that you work the dealer for a free woodruff key replacement. It is easy for the dealer to do and if you don't have a flywheel puller, you will have to buy one.
The chances are not good that your dealer will do anything for you in regard to actually upgrading your bike to the 2004 configuration. You might try to negotiate a deep discount on parts, however. The installation of the parts is very easy, as I discuss in the link above. Good luck.
Posted April 12, 2009 - 04:56 AM
Posted April 12, 2009 - 11:15 AM
The sheared woodruff key problem goes away, once the 2004 update is incorporated. All WR450's 2004-2009 use the same idler assy. Install the update--- ride it, enjoy it.
Posted April 13, 2009 - 05:31 AM