First let me say I have read, printed, and highlighted many posts and would like to thank all of you that have and will (I hope ) contribute to my cause. I now believe that with some guidance I can get my WR dialed and performing to my expectations. But now that I've read so much, I'm more confused than when I started so please bare with me and any and all help will be greatly appreciated. My situation. In 2000 I bought myself the WR, my son a TTR-90, and my wife a TTR-225. My son and I rode quite a bit for the next year and a half with my wife joining us occasionally. We then took up some other interests and didn't ride much. So the WR sat for the last year. Recently I started making preperations to my R1 for track duty which seems to have gotten my wife interested in riding again but she wanted a new bike, a quad this time. NO PROBLEM, so we got her a 400EX and my son a CR-85 (I know, but the suspension and brakes SUCK on the smaller 4 strokes and we go to the track some times). With that, the WR is breathing new life...I hope! When I put the WR in storage I added fuel treatment and when I took it out I drained the fuel, replaced the spark plug (NKG TR8E gapped to .78mm) and replaced the air filter (UNI). So far no start. I then verified spark (spark plug on the frame) and started cleaning out the carb with carb cleaner (It was coated inside with a yellowish film). I removed the top of the carb, inspected and cleaned with carb cleaner. Then removed the bottom and did the same. I didn't remove the jets, just sprayed carb cleaner and allowed it to drain. Put it all back together...no change. I suspect I need to do a more thorough job on the carb and plan on going back at it tonight. Now, there are a few mods I want to make along the way as my riding buddy has since upgraded to a YZ450 and I'm going to need all the help I can get. The changes and upgrades I'd like to make. -Remove the "octopus" -"The Taffy Mod", is that the grey wire and is it not present on some years? Looks like many of you have made this mod...what does it do. -YZ timing -Airbox cover, does that just entail removing the top with the 2 square holes and leaving it off with no other mods? -White Brothers E series exhaust and head pipe. I have already purchased a used one (unsure whether it's a pro or s-bend and didn't know there was a difference at the time) but it should be here any day. So I'll be putting that on as well, any way to tell which head pipe it has, I'm assuming it'll make a difference with final setup up. Any other suggestions, I want this thing to rip but don't want to get into the engine much as I don't have any experience with that stuff. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions and would like to get started on the right foot so any help is greatly appreciated. BTW my riding elevation is 1500-4000ft and is a hodge podge of track, trails, and soon to be dunes. Oh, one other question someone may have experience with. On my sons CR85, that thing has like NO bottom end and the second you get enough power to take off, you're into the powerband. I can not take off with this thing without doing a wheelie. Any suggestions, I've read something about adding a couple exhaust spacers to lengthen the head tube? I also planned on experimenting with gearing a little. Thanks guys!