My "New" WR400 :)

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  • thedktor

Posted March 26, 2012 - 11:40 AM


Losing my job a few years back I went from having both a XR650 and a 525 to a single WR450. Then had to downgrade to a 400-EXC (old, but a brilliant bike), and finally just a very ropey DR350.

The rebuild is posted over in the DR section, but back in work now and it wasn’t really my intention to get another bike but this one seemed too good an opportunity to miss. A 2002 WR400, and been sat in a garage for a good 6 years. My initial hunch turned out to be correct when I popped the seat off after getting the bike home:

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Hardly been used!

Now lets look at the DR350’s front wheel again:

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And the yam:

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Still on its original chain:

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Oh, and original front tyre:

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  • thedktor

Posted March 26, 2012 - 11:42 AM


Better show the whole thing I suppose:

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Runs like new, nothing worn! Its not quite as perfect as the pics suggest, but all the important parts are very sound :thumbsup:

Had to do a few minor repairs as the carb was full of goo making the bike run rough:

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Lights front and back not working as all the connections corroded and not very well done:

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Steering stem had been over tightened so I checked that:

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All good so regreased and reassembled. Made an extension for the fuel/pilot screw:

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Just need to change the bars, fit some handguards, and a digital speedo – the one on there read 100mph when I opened it right up!! :thumbsup: It does shift, but not quite that much! :thumbsup:

Edited by thedktor, March 26, 2012 - 11:44 AM.

  • RasmusDK

Posted March 26, 2012 - 03:47 PM


Nice find! Its pretty much new =)

  • Sprblkxx

Posted March 26, 2012 - 05:03 PM


Nice bike

  • 150ron

Posted March 26, 2012 - 06:19 PM


nice bike, street legal?

i like that home made mod you did with the fuel screw, good job.

  • 02WR426Cali

Posted March 26, 2012 - 08:43 PM


Wow that is a really clean bike for it's age. Nice find man!
Must be a 2000 I'm guessing? Not an 02

  • 1stSSPZ

Posted March 27, 2012 - 03:28 AM


Wonder how the front tire got so worn in what looks like a really weird pattern?

  • Ryan426

Posted March 27, 2012 - 03:36 AM


98-99 = 400, 00-02 = 426, 03-12 = 450

  • 02WR426Cali

Posted March 27, 2012 - 06:34 AM


Yep that's true for the YZ but for WR it's :
98-00 = 400
01-02 = 426
03+ = 450
They waited an extra year to change the WRs to the 426

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  • n16ht5

Posted March 27, 2012 - 06:57 AM


nice bike, really clean

  • thedktor

Posted March 28, 2012 - 12:28 PM


Ah yes, it seems its a 2000 model, presumably bought in 2002 when it was registered as new.

The front tyre is a result of riding on the road with a soft-ish compound enduro tyre. I don't think the bike has seen any proper off-road, which is not necessarily a good thing, but it does't appear to have been thrashed as such [on road].

Thanks for the comments anyway, and got some questions brewing for later.....

  • RasmusDK

Posted March 28, 2012 - 01:03 PM


You can see the ccm on the cylinder, else check the frame number and engine number. Iam pretty sure its a 426 by looking at the carb. Some parts may be changed ofcourse, but seems unlikely in this case..

  • budda

Posted March 28, 2012 - 03:40 PM


Says 400f on the rear fender, just like they did back in the day!

Lovely bike just like mine ; )

  • MANIAC998

Posted March 29, 2012 - 04:15 AM


Nice find!!! Maniac

  • thedktor

Posted March 30, 2012 - 09:11 AM


Says 400f on the rear fender, just like they did back in the day!

Ha! Yes defo a 400 and will be interesting to see how it compares to my KTM-400 so will be posting about that at some point...

  • foggy3061

Posted March 30, 2012 - 01:20 PM


Yep that's true for the YZ but for WR it's :
98-00 = 400
01-02 = 426
03+ = 450
They waited an extra year to change the WRs to the 426

[color=#222222]Except in the UK, Europe and Australia the WR 400 F was still offered as an option up to 2002.[/color]

[color=#222222]That bike is a 2002 WR 400 F, UK model - as given away partly by the exhaust header, oem tank graphics style and by the model code sticker on the sub frame.[/color]

[color=#222222]5GSA - 050 (5GSA = WR400F and 050 = UK model).[/color]

[color=#222222]Looks like a nice clean bike there thedktor, just loose that scotch lock bodge tapping into the yellow wire under your tank, just above the head stay plate - it's just a guillotine for your wiring![/color]

  • 02WR426Cali

Posted March 31, 2012 - 01:32 PM


Oh woops I didn't even notice he was in the UK.

  • zkl1995

Posted April 09, 2012 - 10:01 PM


The wr400f was only made 98-00 so it must be a 00.


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