Woodruff or Starter Clutch Let Go?

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  • KBD

Posted March 24, 2003 - 03:06 PM


I've had the 450 for 6 weeks now but haven't riden it much as too much rain in Houston area and I knew that the key issue wasn't sorted plus a bunch of MX by my son - so only 31 miles. Pushing 5 miles with my leg isn't an option...

Been starting it with the kick - but yeaterday hit the button and it started and then backfired/died. Hit the button again and just spinning at the starter - but not turning over the engine. After 31 years on Yamaha I might be sorry that I didn't just keep the 426 or go to KTM on this one!

Is this the way yours was or sounds like the starter isn't engaging. I really like my dealer - Texas Yamaha - and it kept me from going the Orange - but when I tool it in they didn't want to work on lapping the crank/key as no gaskets. etc were available - and probably still aren't.

My frame is 00755. Will be at Yamaha tomorrow.

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  • foursmoke

Posted March 24, 2003 - 03:18 PM


Ignition cover gasket is available. My dealer wouldn't do TBS repair without it. Got it back on Friday and rode Sun. for 25 miles and no problems. :)

  • dmp437

Posted March 24, 2003 - 03:53 PM


Hmmmm. Sounds a little like the problem that the purchasers of Yamaha quads have been having >HERE for Starter Problems<
Hope it's not the same issue, because I don't think Yamaha has a fix for it.
Good luck.


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