New to me yz426f a few questions

I bought a clean 02 yz426f for a good price. It's been cold as hell here and he couldn't get it started for me but it was so clean I bought it anyway (I know). It took me a ton of kicks to get it started. (30+) I know it was too many by far. It's 30* at the warmest. Will that temperature effect the carb and engine that much? I can change the jets but is it really worth it all?

I bought a clean 02 yz426f for a good price. It's been cold as hell here and he couldn't get it started for me but it was so clean I bought it anyway (I know). It took me a ton of kicks to get it started. (30+) I know it was too many by far. It's 30* at the warmest. Will that temperature effect the carb and engine that much? I can change the jets but is it really worth it all?

Shouldn't take nearly that long. I would ensure the valve clearances are good and get the carb jetted right. Bike should start and run like a champ if you get those two things right and know the proper starting procedure. The temperature shouldn't have that much of an effect on starting it to where it takes 30+ kicks. Mine starts in 3-4 kicks. Granted it's like 50 degrees here, but my valve clearances are out a bit too.

In thirty degree weather, I would expect trouble starting cold.  Cure it by giving the throttle 2-4 twists before cranking it. 

Fouled plug? When he was trying to get it started he was twisting the throttle 3 times about every two times he was trying to kick it. For about 25 kicks, that's a lot of gas.

That's a little excessive, yes. 

I've had a similar issue a couple times in warmer weather and a fresh plug got me going in two kicks. 2002 YZ426.

My bike started up right away and ran great when I bought it used. If not for the hanging idle it developed, I wish I had never opened up the carb. I also went up a size on the pilot and think it's probably on the rich side now. This spring I'll be going back to the stock pilot size.

I've had a similar issue a couple times in warmer weather and a fresh plug got me going in two kicks. 2002 YZ426.

My bike started up right away and ran great when I bought it used. If not for the hanging idle it developed, I wish I had never opened up the carb. I also went up a size on the pilot and think it's probably on the rich side now. This spring I'll be going back to the stock pilot size.

Put a new spark plug in and still won't do anything. Local shop suggested just waiting for warmer weather. Last thing I'm going to try is fresh gas. On the carb there's a brass screw holding a few cables into it. Any idea on how to take that off? I almost stripped it by trying to turn it once.

I remember kicking it forever in the cold once and it finally went, but I haven't done much cold weather starting to be honest.  They're notoriously finicky bikes to start, but once you get them dialed in and set up they seem to start pretty easily.

It's supposed to be 55 on friday so I'll give er a go then.

Put a new spark plug in and still won't do anything. Local shop suggested just waiting for warmer weather. Last thing I'm going to try is fresh gas. On the carb there's a brass screw holding a few cables into it. Any idea on how to take that off? I almost stripped it by trying to turn it once.

Are you referring to the throttle cables?

Are you referring to the throttle cables?

Yeah i was, i had to shock the screws with a phillips. Carb looked clean as hell and all the jets were correct. The black screw on the side of the carb for the idle, how far out is everybody have these set? I think my problem is the carb is out of tune. Or the valves are out of adjustment but they were done by a shop along with a new top end so i'm doubting that's the issue. 

We also pull started it with my buddys quad and i got it to run but as soon as i let off the gas or pull the clutch in it would just die. We have to fuel screw 3 turns out, way too much from what i've been reading and was shooting flames while trying to start it. Would that cause it to not start? Sorry i'm new to this and am learning as i go.

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Another quick question for you fellas. I was riding around my block to get some needed seat time and it started spitting coolant out of the overflow. I got home and noticed the head gasket was leaking just sitting and idling. So i looked up the torque specs on the head bolts and one of the bolts was hand loose, once i tourqed everything down it was fine. The base gasket looks like it was leaking coolant but it could just be from the overflow while riding? Does the base gasket leak oil or coolant or possibly both?

Possibly both. And it's clamped by the same head bolts.  If you had loose head bolts, you're going to need to replace the head gasket at least, and should replace the base at the same time.  The head gasket will almost certainly continue to leak combustion pressure into the coolant.  

It has a brand new top end put into in and the head gasket is definitely new. Even after I tourqed it down it will still leak?

Yeah base gasket is &%$#@!ed. This should be fun

Yeah base gasket is &%$#@!ed. This should be fun

I just did all this on my bike for the first time. New piston/ rings, cam and cam chain. Wasn't bad actually. Kinda fun.

It's just annoying knowing that someone was that far down to do the head gasket and wouldn't bother changing the cylinder gasket. I know what I'm doing next week!

It has a brand new top end put into in and the head gasket is definitely new. Even after I tourqed it down it will still leak?

 

If they had never been torqued down, you might have a chance.  Maybe

If they had never been torqued down, you might have a chance.  Maybe

It looks like the head gasket is fine but i'm just going to put all new gaskets in when i go to change the base gasket. I took it for a quick ride and it was leaking oil and coolant from the base gasket. It wasn't new like the head gasket and i think when it was loose it ruined the base gasket. Some green almost paper looking gasket. 

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