Clean jetting with better exhaust will lead to easy starting. Adding a Shorai battery will further make starting a 1 push affair.
I suppose I will need to learn how to jet the bike. I will look into the Shorai
battery. (I assume it is a LiFe chemistry battery.)
If the OEM cables are still ok, just use those. Just adjust them and lube them.
Everything is new.
After you uncork it, 13/50 gearing works good for me on tight singletrack. I would think that a 52t rear would make it pull harder down low and be more sensitive throttle wise, which is what a beginner doesn't need. Once uncorked, the transition from 2nd to 3rd is pretty sweet and smooth, requiring less clutch, which solves a lot of beginner problems with stalling.
I did a pile of searches here on the WR450 forum and the 52T rear sprocket came up as a pretty popular option. I will re-evaluate this.
Correct springs for your weight and proper tire for your terrain is what I would focus on after getting the motor freed up and running right.
In the process of tearing the whole bike apart I plan to put the right springs in and hopefully learn to do basic suspension maintenance. (Fork oil, fork seals, etc.)
Since I plan to have everything apart I figure now is the time to make the mods I want. There is a hare scrambles series starting in February but I think that is too soon. I really need to get some seat time on the bike first. (Finding a place to ride is on my things to do list!)
Learn to ride. Knowing how little pressure it really takes to work clutch and front brake levers makes for more fun. Learn to ride standing up. Hold on to the bike squeezing with your legs, not your hands. I keep my pointer fingers touching the levers at all times. Use 2 fingers when I need to, but always keep 1 touching the lever.
I doubt this helps much, but I have extensive BMX and cross-country MTB racing experience. I also have street bike experience. Part of what makes me cautious right now is I learned to ride on a CBR1000RR a year and a half ago and that was very scary. Up until that point I had never ridden a motorcycle before. (Long story!) The part about standing up totally makes sense from both BMX and MTB racing. I am so used to standing I run my bicycle levers at a 45 degree down drop so I can work them better standing up.
Enjoy the set up and riding time. It is very fun at this stage.
I am having a lot of fun! Thanks!
FWIW, here is a list of my notes of things I have done or plan to do:
- buy appropriate work stand
- make list of tools used and perhaps buy some nice ones
- i do have 3 nice torque wrenches which helps a lot!
- install throttle cam
- install barkbusters (the ones that wrap around to the bar end)
- buy low pressure tire gauge
- grease wheels, steering and swingarm bearings and rear shock linkage
- might need some special bearing pullers and presses
- install hour meter
- install engine ice
- install magnetic oil drain plug
- the blue gytr one is pretty
- research air filters and air filter oil and find the best solution
buy tire irons buy bridgestone uhd tubes learn to change tires
- install the proper springs front and rear
- switch to m1 synthetic oil
- i use it in everything from my lawnmower to my corvette
- naturally on the bike i will use the version w/o friction modifiers
- set the sag front and rear and adjust suspension (front 75mm? rear 105mm?)
- jetting (this is my biggest hangup)
- i had an opportunity to buy a 2012 wr450 with fi but i got the leftover new '09 for $5600, which is a lot less!
- the fi would have simplified things but $2500+ buys a lot of other stuff, plus computers can break
- install 52t rear sprocket?
- research and buy helmet, boots, gloves, goggles, pants, shirt and good underwear
- research fork air bleeder valves
- trim bars?
- find or fabricate an ais block plate
- install appropriate tires
- a survey on the local hare scrambles forum put the michelin s12xc (f&r) as the winner by far
buy valve stem tool
- buy quality tiedown straps
- buy belray waterproof grease for bearings and stuff
- find a yu-33975/90890-01403 steering bolt tool
- lower rear brake and install stiffer rear brake spring
- install lock-on grips
- i've used odi "ruffian" grips for years although i am not sure if they are appropriate for the wr450
- research whether or not to lube the chain
- install ap spring and possibly fuel screw
- since the bike is apart learn to do valve and cam chain maintenance (i'll probably pull the engine)
- buy trailer
buy hitch and wire tow vehicle