WR450 dun blowed up... twice
Posted March 26, 2003 - 10:40 AM
I have no photos of the bike blown up or not, I never thought I would have to prove something like this. I'm going to take pictures of everything if I end up with this crf, every time I change the oil I'll have to pick up a roll of film.
Posted March 26, 2003 - 11:09 AM
Man that looks like it would be one healthy bill if this happened 6 months down the road. I can't believe this was a jetting only problem. Anything else suspected wrong to cause this?
Posted March 26, 2003 - 11:15 AM
I like my WR426 a lot but when the CRFX models come out, I'm seriously going to look at them.
Posted March 26, 2003 - 11:25 AM
Posted March 26, 2003 - 01:09 PM
Oh and billywhiz no denile here mate. My bike chucked a key......so been there towed it! Now go back to the yellow side.
Posted March 26, 2003 - 02:43 PM
1. Take back the WR thats been fixed for the second time, and roll the dice with it, and not ride to far from the truck for a while.
2. A stock WR250 or yz 250f 03' (he has in stock)
3. He can try to get a yz 250r
4. Or I can call a lawyer and end up being bikeless for most of the season or all of the season.
I dont think he going to be able to get another 450 for a while.
What do you guys think?
Posted March 26, 2003 - 03:28 PM
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Posted March 26, 2003 - 04:05 PM
I have a feeling Yamaha would like to put the 2003 model year WRs behind them. I think they'll ramp-up production of 2004 models ASAFP. Like June or July.
Stay positive with the dealer and Yamaha. Be assertive, but do it in a friendly manner. Dealers and Reps are more willing to help a "Good Guy" than a "Pain in the @ss".
Posted March 26, 2003 - 04:05 PM
You are having one bad string of luck. It's no wonder some of us had trouble believing at first. I'm sorry too. None of us have ever seen or heard about such a lemon. Fortunately they seem to be uncommon.
About your options, I think the dealer needs to step up to the plate be fair with you. I'm sure he did not sell you the bike at his cost, so he should at least be kicking back his profit in some manner to make you happy. I wouldn't want the repaired 450 unless they give you an extended warranty in writing and some cash back. I'm still not sure I would want it at that? Depending on your ability and what you want one of the 250s might be an option, but again, you should be getting some cash back for all your trouble and a heck of a bargain. The dealer should feel lucky to break even on this whole deal. Yamaha needs to pitch in on the deal too and the dealer needs to make them. I'm sure the regional Yamaha guy could send a new 450 to that dealer if he were properly motivated.
That's my $.02.
Posted March 26, 2003 - 04:22 PM
If that dosn't work I would then try the lawyer but I think you won't be riding for a while. I would also call Yamahas customer service line and send a registered letter to Yamaha concerning your problem. If you don't lose your temper you may get results.
I think the problem with these bikes is a combination of lean jetting causing backfires, heavy flywheel, loose flywheel nuts and a taper not strong enough to keep the flywheel from spinning on the crank. A buddy's bike had a loose flywheel nut.
Getting a new bike should be a great experience, yours has been anything but. Keep us informed.
Posted March 26, 2003 - 04:59 PM
I'd look at one of the other bikes he can supply you with or go the lawyer route and get your money back. After buying the WR426, I wish I had purchased the WR250 instead.
Just my opinion.
Posted March 26, 2003 - 06:16 PM
The dealer has been pretty good with us, but I think he's trying to cover his own ass with the regional rep, because they fu$%ed up when they reassembled the engine the first time.
when I first got the bike I knew nothing about the jetting being all leaned out, I didnt know about tt and really couldnt find out much about the bikes except that they were awesome as a 400 and 426, and were supposed to be even better as a 450. The 2nd day I had the bike, I called the service dept at the dealer because the bike would just completely die at low r's, it ran alright wide open but not even close to decent running 250. They told me to ride it for a couple days, so I rode it and it blew up. They fixed and supposedly "tuned" it, got it back and rode it for like 10 minutes and knew it still wasnt right. Called them back, same thing ride it for a couple days. Ok, next day rode for less than 5 minutes, I was standing up clutching it barely moving and it started to stall I gave it some gas, backfired and shot the kicker forward, snapped and fell out off, with a split right across the hole where the kicker shaft went.
If I go the legal way, my brother or myself wont be doing any real riding anytime soon.
I'll let you guys know what happens tomorrow.
Thanks for the support.
Posted March 26, 2003 - 06:25 PM
Posted March 26, 2003 - 06:37 PM