2003 WR450F E-start questions.
Posted September 20, 2012 - 04:28 PM
I'm looking at a 2003 WR450F. I've been in contact with the owner and he said that the electric start does not work, but that it kickstarts first time everytime. He says that when you hit the button that the starter spins but does not engage. I'm just wondering if this sounds right. From every situation I've researched(and yes I have searched) that once the woodruff key snaps that the bike will not start. Does this sound right? Maybe my searches only turned up situations where it won't start. I'm just trying to get an idea of what I'm getting myself into. Please let me know all thoughts and ideas but please remain constructive. Many thanks guys!
Posted September 20, 2012 - 07:14 PM
Posted September 21, 2012 - 02:33 AM
Posted September 21, 2012 - 04:14 AM
If the owner will allow you to remove the starter idle gear cover and take a look inside you may be able to diagnose the problem. As I'm sure you found the 03 had a poorly designed starter clutch mech that caused all the problems that year.
It only takes two 8mm bolts and a few minutes to remove the idle gear mech and determine if you have the 03 parts or if its been upgraded to the 04 and on clutch. Make sure you look at the case and make sure its not cracked as then you are looking at even more money...
Check out this thread, it has a good picture of what to look for on the case..
Let me know if you need any help or pictures of the parts.
Posted September 21, 2012 - 11:34 PM
my bro's hoop had brokenoff and disappeared into the engine to get mashed up , the cogs shaft had slipped sideways, bending the hole it sat in on the engine left hand crank case..
ive since fitted a new flywhee cover, rather than try to weld a new hoop in, and i now stop the bike by gently stalling it in first gear, as it doesnt produce the same horrendous clunk and sound of starter motor being spun backwards as the piston bounces off a compression stroke and turns everything backwards