So, to entertain, here are several short stories involving the rehab of a 426 that was living in a barn. Hadn't been ridden in quite a while...got it for a very good price...couldn't resist it.... So, as part of the "get er going" campaign once I got er home, checking the valves was a given. I had already posted about this, but I'll tell the "rest of the story". Got a new set of feelers recently, and checked the WR426's exhaust valves and they are perfectly in spec! Great! Went to check the intakes and could not get the .1mm in there for nothing. Tried several sizes smaller...no dice! Oh crap....tight as can be! So...ordered up a shim kit and waited. I thought..."oh no...the titanium's worn off already...bikes been trashed...arhg"! Shims got here this week, so went out to start removing cams. Wait a minute....there's no way those valves could be that tight...I thought. Gotta be something stupid I missed? Started looking very closely at my feelers...hmm...something's odd here? Felt them in order and they didn't feel right? Bent the thin ones (including my .1mm) waaay over and guess what? The machine oil they ship em with...stuck several thin pairs together! It was sooo tight..you couldn't even tell unless you really bent em over. Once I got em apart guess what....I wasted some money on my shim kit! Intakes are perfect! Arghhhh....idiot move #1! Ok, so I'm reading about changing the oil. People keep talking about oiling up the front fender and tire....whhhhaaat? I pop the engine plugs and the oil trickles out. Hmm...not much in there. I pop the frame plug and guess what? Yeh...a geyser of oil shoots like 3 feet straight out into the front wheel.....nice! Arrghhh....idoit move #2! So, the carb is the biggie....varnished worse than a 1800 church house floor! Argh! Oh well...off we go! Pull just about everything out...jets..floats..all of it. However, I gander at the accel pump and I think for some reason..."well...I think that'll be ok"? Soak, scrub, blow. Carbs in good shape. Stick it on the bike. Pull the air boot and look in the throat to see if the accel jet is working....arggghhhh....nothing! Then, i realize the longest brass tube in the carb belongs to the accel jet...man. Off with the carb. Take it apart for another cleaning...this time, take the accel pump apart. Clean it good. Put it back on the bike. Ok....so for some strange reason, I had the carb attached to the tank and turned the exit throat to my face to see if the accel pump is working. Yeh...I know what direction it's shooting....but I did it anyway. Grab the accel pump push rod and give er a tug....just about got a complete t-shirt soak in fuel! Well....at least it's working now? Idot move #3! Ok....here's a nice tip! Seen several ways to rig up the fuel screw for easier adjustment. Getting to it with normal tools just ain't gonna work. Some folks make brass tubes with screwdriver blades in em...some folks glue tubing over the fuel screw. Guess what? The red electrical crimp connectors....you know, the cheap butt connectors you get at walmart? They fit exactly over the fuel screw!!!! Just push it in...twist...and remove....eaaasy fuel screw tool that runs about 1/2 of 1 cent!! Doesn't mess up the fuel screw slot either! So....got the bike put back together tonite. Still gotta adjust the fuel screw and idle but I got er started! Warmed er up and took it for a few spins in the field...HOLY CAJOLES batman!! I test drove a 09 WR450F that I considered buying just a few weeks ago. Guy has it set up right. But....it ain't running away from this old 426! Having ridden MX as a kid and street bikes later....I"ve been used to acceleration. I'll admit it's been awhile on a 1000cc street bike...but this 426 hurt my arms holding on. I actually got motion sickness when I quickly cranked er through a few gears.....WOW! I hope it holds together for a few years...I may even put some coin in the old gal soon...we'll see! Amazing bike! I also have a WR250R....it's funny sitting side by side they look the same size almost. But the 426 is like 40lbs less and double the ponies....yeeeehaaaaa!