99 wr400 to 01 wr426 frame swap question
Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:16 PM
I have a 99 wr400 with no title... Already been down the road of trying to get it... No luck...
Found a 01 wr426 frame and title somewhat local (100 miles away).
Did some research... Here are some part numbers...
98 frame... 5BF-21101-00-P0
99 frame... 5GS-21101-00-P0
01 frame... 5NG-21101-00-P0
02 frame... 5NG-21101-50-P0
On ronayers site it recognizes the 21101-00 as the part number (or at least that's what comes up highlighted). What do the first 3 mean?
I've read I'm good up to 2002 when they made some bigger changes...
So... Anyone done this swap? What should I expect?
I'm planning to put everything from my 99 on the 01 frame... Any problem areas I should know about?
Posted August 24, 2011 - 02:15 AM
Posted August 24, 2011 - 04:02 AM
Wr400's were 98-99, and some early 2000???
Wr426's were 00- to when?
Wr450's were when?
I get confused about the years... Anyway.. I'll check that, thanks
Posted August 24, 2011 - 04:35 AM
Pulled swing arm pivot bolt part numbers...
5DH-22141-00-00 for both 99 and 01 models...
I was gonna pull 02 also, just to help have the info in here for others... But I'm surfing on iPhone and it was acting up...
So... Assuming the swing arm change hadn't happened yet for 01, should I really be looking at the exact same frame?
Posted August 24, 2011 - 08:11 PM
I will prob get it on stand Friday night and spend Saturday evening doing the swap... The plan is to do it all in a day... Ride it after to make sure everything is good
Posted August 25, 2011 - 05:49 AM
As far as years, at least in the US, 400s were 98 and 99. 426's were 00, 01 and 02 (00s still had stainless valves instead of ti), and 03 and up are 450s.
Posted August 25, 2011 - 03:16 PM
As for engine mounts... According to everything I've read, the 426 is a direct bolt in to a 400.. So my 400 should bolt into the 426 frame the same I hope...
The good thing... The place I'm buying the frame is a motorcycle salvage place / dealer. They have a 99 WR frame also. It only comes with bill of sale, but I should be able to sit them side by side before leaving and take a peak at may be different.
I'm really excited to finally get a title for my bike. I'm really hoping this works like its supposed to. i'm paying $250 for frame with title, so I would like to think if something doesn't work, I can resell the frame/title and not loose any money. But we shall see... I really just want to be able to ride my damn bike on road when needed!!!!!
Posted August 26, 2011 - 03:09 AM
Posted August 27, 2011 - 04:54 AM
I've got a half done 59 apache, just started 57 apache, a rock crawler truck that's 90% done, and 3 bikes sitting around. As you can imagine... I probably spent more time cleaning up good workspace and places to put things than I will on the actual frame swap lol
None the less. Took plastics, seat, and tank off...and some misc stuff loosened up. I will have a helper this evening making it easier...
Thinking a couple hours and it should be done... I'll let u know...
But frames look identical at this point
Posted August 27, 2011 - 05:07 AM
Posted August 27, 2011 - 12:45 PM
I have the bike down to forks and engine left in frame... Apparently i don't own a socket to fit the steering neck nut... but I've got one on the way...
I'll be started assembling in a few min...
Posted August 27, 2011 - 05:18 PM
It's official... 99 WR400 to 01 WR426 IS possible!!!!!!!
Only ended up finding one difference...
There was no Hot Start mount to bolt the hot start to. Luckily for me, I've got a cut off disk and a mig welder!!! Sliced the old bracket off the old frame, and welded it to the new one... Didn't realize this until the motor was in the frame and front end was on... Was getting ready to bolt the subframe on and realized it.
Couple tacks and i was good to go.
No changes in swing arm bolt or bushings...
I will be registering my WR on Monday... I'll call and add it to my motorcycle policy and toss it in the truck for a VIN inspection because its out of state title...
otherwise, good to go.
Posted August 28, 2011 - 06:49 AM
Posted August 28, 2011 - 07:02 AM
Posted August 28, 2011 - 05:54 PM
Good to know... I've got a amazing cycle salvage place here in KY... I'll call Travis in the morning and ask about that carb... Then I can just cut my weld and ditch the hot start anyway...
My hotstart has gotten my out of a sling a few times. I personally wouldn't be without it... just me
Posted August 28, 2011 - 06:07 PM
Posted August 29, 2011 - 11:18 AM
Very happy, did a VIN inspection, which consisted of her asking me to climb in my truck bed and read her the VIN number... Then she asked while I was up there, how many miles does it show... I looked at the area that would have had a odo if it had one . And read of a number of miles...
Away we walked and after paying the tab, I'm now free to ride on street...
Now to find some street tires and wheels!!!