i understand all the responses and i do understand where you guys are coming from, thanks everyone really. im not trying to seem stubborn its just that i'd rather not spend money on parts/modifications unless i have to and obviously i should and i will because thats the best route in the long run. the problem(not really a problem) is, i ask a question then everyone wants to put in an opinion, which is fine but fail to answer my specific question(s), instead i get more broad answers because people want to be the first ones to provide the best most valuable information because they think thats the best for me. you guys have been there done that, i get that. obviously you guys/girls have more experience so i will take your advice and leave it at that. im not trying to challenge your knowledge vs. mine its just that i've already read threads regarding 400/426 engine combinations and i wanted to avoid repitition.
my plan was to replace what was wrong with it, keep everything oem
, then have a bike to ride again. meanwhile i could build something on the side then swap the better engine later. i dont really care too much for 426 parts because the worst that i've read about wr400s is that the rods go out. but thats after how many hrs/years of abuse? to me thats not much to worry about thats why i didnt mind buying a bottom end that i felt was in good condition plus im not a power junkie im happy with the power the bike has i just want this bike running again.
first, i will have the engine inspected like suggested then i will decide if i should take the "bottom end" chance. i dont have years and years of experience so my bike wont be abused once it is running again since im not so hardcore on the throttle plus i've only owned a quad and one tiny 125L dirtbike, 5 years ago so i still need a lot more time on the bike before i do anything crazy. i've only ridden the wr400f once, sadly. as far as i know though the engine on these 1998 wr400s are reliable so i dont mind keeping everything original although if i had the money i would invest in aftermarket parts. just pretend im a "baller on a budget." even then i want to do things right thats why this thread exists!
and what i meant by "once the engine problem is fixed i'll be riding again on a perfect bike with nothing else wrong with it" is that the ENGINE can be fixed its not a huge deal, other than that the rest of the bike is in good condition so its not worth it for me to part it out just to get a new one. i simply cannot afford to do that as much as i'd rather have a newer bike, even if i parted it out because once parts break on that newer bike thats more money at the end of the day. i feel much better knowing that im spending less money on 98-2000 parts because of the year. its all in perspective in my opinion as far as what bike is best. to me thats like telling a guy with a geo prism to sell his ride for a bmw because a bmw is "better." thats probably a horrible example but my point is both are great mechanically, hypothetically speaking and one person might like the fact that they dont have to spend much money fixing a Geo after the engine blows vs a bmw with a blown motor, so they'd rather own a Geo. another may be more fortunate and can afford to fix the bmw so its no big deal for that person. basically i like the bike so i'm keeping it i dont care about its age i already know once everything is fixed i will have a bulletproof bike.
also, i mention that the bike wasnt started properly and it seems like i HAVE to explain how that happened instead you guys assume it was the age and disregard what i tell you about improper starting like i must explain. so yes, things started to wear and initially i believed it was the "torsion(return) spring" that was starting go out. instead of taking the bike to the shop after we thought THAT was problem my friend kicked it over one last time untill the "stopper" and the "ratchet wheel
guide" broke. because of that the right casing and clutch cover managed to break at the same time. not one time was the decompression lever used when attempting to start the bike after stomping on the kick start lever. my friend who is 6' 4" used to own a yz125 and it's obviously not the same routine when firing both bikes up. he thought he was showing me the right way because thats how he learned, when really he had never learned "the right way" on this particular bike period. put it this way, when i first got the bike it started the first kick, idled fine, i rode it around i hauled ass. i let my friend use, he kills the bike and could not figure out how to start it. after "trying" to figure out how, he manages to do all that. of course i didnt know any better or else that wouldnt have happened. he simply didnt know how to start it at all. there is a certain way to start the bike and my friend could not exaplain how to, after parts broke. he tried arguing that you dont need the decompression lever and that it shouldnt have happened. it was my fault for letting him touch it i learned my lesson i should have figured out how to start it myself. so THAT my friends is how the parts broke. im open to reality checks so feel free to tell me that im wrong. either way he did break my bike lol but its going to be fixed so im not angry it could have been worst i think
Edited by 98wr400eff, December 30, 2010 - 06:21 AM.