So I just picked up an 09 YZ450F last night. When I picked it up the bike was at the owners friends house, who had a 2008 YZ450F. While looking at the bikes I noticed his friends 08 had a red lettered Excel wheel
on the front and a blue lettered Excel
on the rear, and the opposite on the 09 I was buying. I didn't think much of it at the time. After I got the bike home and started looking it over more closely I noticed the swing arm was not an 09 swing arm, but an 08. This explains the different wheels, since the 08 wheel will not fit the 09 because of the swing arm difference. I then went over the bike looking for anything with a wrench mark on it, since the bike supposedly has only about 15 hours (I would say that's not too far off from the truth motor-wise). I noticed the triple clamp bolts have wrench marks on it. The top triple clamp is from the 08-since it only has one mounting position, not two like the 09's are supposed to have. I'm wondering if the forks have been swapped as well.
So it appears that his buddy, with or without the owners knowledge has swapped parts between his 08 and the 09 I just bought. Can anyone tell me all the differences in these two year models? I'm trying to get ahold of the seller about this now. I need to figure out what all has been swapped and confront him about it.
Edited by RiderX, April 27, 2011 - 07:26 AM.