2003 WR450 for cheap?
Posted July 03, 2012 - 09:15 AM
Thanks for any input!
Posted July 03, 2012 - 09:50 AM
Posted July 03, 2012 - 08:43 PM
I bought, and still own, an 03. It cost me a lot of money when the bike misfired on startup one day and the crap designed starter gear caused the engine casing to crack and need replacing. Easy job but expensive.
Posted July 03, 2012 - 10:13 PM
I have a 2003 WR450 myself and have put thousands of trouble-free miles on it since I bought it new.
Some people were unlucky when the 2003 model was still new but now in 2012 the occurrences of this
problem are going to be quite rare. The problem manifests itself as a backfire or hard start causing
the engine to fight against the starter and normally the result is broken woodruff key on the flywheel
and the flywheel shifting on the crankshaft enough to throw off the timing and prevent the engine from
running. The cracked case the poster above mentioned was very rare. Usually the worst effect of
the issue was you get to walk back to where you started from because the bike doesn't run now.
The bike you are looking at should not be a cause for great worry unless it was buried in a time capsule
9 years ago and just pulled out yesterday with zero miles on the clock. And even then if you are really
worried you can just put the 2004 starter clutch parts in it and problem solved forever. But with
"quite a few hours" on it I'd say the chances of it breaking at this point are low.
Having said all that, the starter motors on these bikes ARE weak and prone to failure. The fix is replacing
the starter and it is not cheap. A GOOD starter/alternator place should be able to rebuild the failed
starter motor but the issue is usually a hard to find bushing in the tail of the starter motor. Most people
give up and buy a new starter motor.
If you can live with kick starting it or can get the starter motor rebuilt cheaply I would say $2000 is a
reasonable deal if the bike is in otherwise good condition. Even though $2000 seems like a big jump
down from his asking price of $3000 I'd still try to get it down a bit more. You can get into a money pit
fast though if the machine is in questionable condition...
Posted July 04, 2012 - 05:53 AM
Posted July 04, 2012 - 09:28 AM
Posted July 04, 2012 - 10:25 AM
Posted July 04, 2012 - 12:02 PM
you could end up spending another $1000 or more just to get it "right" and still
have to go through all the drama and do all the work. Just easier to spend a
little more now and get a better bike that doesn't need a lot of work.