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JohnClaude

1999 WR400F-Good Deal?

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Hi Guys,

I just got back from checking out a 1999 WR400F. It was registered/titled in Iowa, but hasn't been plated in CO. I'm a little concerned as to whether I would be able to plate it and ride it on the street in CO. He's asking ~$1700, but the rear brake was not actuating (he filled it with brake fluid but it wasn't working), so the price is negotiable. He just had the carb rejetted and cleaned, and a new decompression cable fitted. It will need new tires, probably new chain and sprockets and a brake lever and pads, and the plastics are faded. I had no issues starting it (just kicked it over a couple times, got it on the compression stroke and used the decomp cable to nudge it a little bit and it lit right up). That thing is fast! Coming from an 1978 XT500, it's insanely fast. I was wondering what your guys' thoughts were? Am I an idiot for not buying it on the spot?! ne_nau.gif

-John

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I'm in Nevada and it's easy here, but from what I understand, plating a dirt bike in Colorado is pretty easy too.

All of the 400/426/450's are pretty fast unless there's something wrong with it, although "fast" is always relative to the rider.

 

I don't know about the price tho, I've seen several 400's and 426's cheaper than that, and it sounds like you'd be pouring money into it right away, with tires, chain, and sprockets. I suspect the rear brake piston is stuck, so it may need rebuilding, another $30 or so.  That's several hundred dollars to add on to the purchase price- putting you well over $2,000 very quickly.  Also a lot of work changing tires, sprockets, and working on brakes before you get to go riding.

 

Here's a local-to-me WR400 for $1300 in Vegas. That's about as cheap as it gets, and it looks pretty good.    

 

This bike is listed in SLC but the location shows Idaho, so who knows.  He says $1500 or best offer, which means he'd certainly take $1400 cash, and maybe even less if you started counting out Benjamins in front of him.  And it's newer and a little bigger, a WR426.  

 

After checking CL, it looks like prices are higher in Colorado, so the ability to road trip for a bike can save you some cash..  I saw a 426 in Denver there going for $2700-$2800, nearly twice as much as these bikes.  The Seattle market is that way too, highly inflated prices, don't really know why.  

 

For reference, I sold my WR400 plated and in great running shape 2 years ago for $1500.  So I'd say $1700 is an okay price for a rideable bike, but not a killer deal.

 The 400's are not bad to start once you get the hang of it.   I don't think I ever kicked mine more than 2 or 3 times to start it.

Seems like the 426 got a different exhaust cam to make it easier to start.  You can put the YZF cam on either one to help with starting.

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2 months ago, I bought a WR450 plated for $1600.  It needed the e-starter replaced ($65), and some of the plastics updated.  

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I'm in Nevada and it's easy here, but from what I understand, plating a dirt bike in Colorado is pretty easy too.

All of the 400/426/450's are pretty fast unless there's something wrong with it, although "fast" is always relative to the rider.

 

I don't know about the price tho, I've seen several 400's and 426's cheaper than that, and it sounds like you'd be pouring money into it right away, with tires, chain, and sprockets. I suspect the rear brake piston is stuck, so it may need rebuilding, another $30 or so.  That's several hundred dollars to add on to the purchase price- putting you well over $2,000 very quickly.  Also a lot of work changing tires, sprockets, and working on brakes before you get to go riding.

 

Here's a local-to-me WR400 for $1300 in Vegas. That's about as cheap as it gets, and it looks pretty good.    

 

This bike is listed in SLC but the location shows Idaho, so who knows.  He says $1500 or best offer, which means he'd certainly take $1400 cash, and maybe even less if you started counting out Benjamins in front of him.  And it's newer and a little bigger, a WR426.  

 

After checking CL, it looks like prices are higher in Colorado, so the ability to road trip for a bike can save you some cash..  I saw a 426 in Denver there going for $2700-$2800, nearly twice as much as these bikes.  The Seattle market is that way too, highly inflated prices, don't really know why.  

 

For reference, I sold my WR400 plated and in great running shape 2 years ago for $1500.  So I'd say $1700 is an okay price for a rideable bike, but not a killer deal.

 The 400's are not bad to start once you get the hang of it.   I don't think I ever kicked mine more than 2 or 3 times to start it.

Seems like the 426 got a different exhaust cam to make it easier to start.  You can put the YZF cam on either one to help with starting.

P1010438.png

 

 

2 months ago, I bought a WR450 plated for $1600.  It needed the e-starter replaced ($65), and some of the plastics updated.  

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Thanks for the reply! I ended up offering him $1400, and he accepted. I took it to a dealer and asked them to give it a once over and check out the rear brake. The bike has a FMF exhaust on it, which is pretty nice. The plastics definitely need refreshing, but since I'm sure I'll biff it on the trails a few times while I'm getting used to the bike so I'm gonna hold off! Nice thing is that it was plated and registered in Iowa so plating in CO won't be an issue. I'm excited to do some riding!

 

Kicking it over wasn't bad at all-but I am coming from a 1978 XT500 that is also kickstart only, so I've got the routine down. It fired right up with one kick. The WR has so many nice features as compared to my XT500 (adjustable suspension?! outrageous!). Thanks again for the reply. I'm sure I'll have questions down the road and will post them!

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Thanks for the reply! I ended up offering him $1400, and he accepted. I took it to a dealer and asked them to give it a once over and check out the rear brake. The bike has a FMF exhaust on it, which is pretty nice. The plastics definitely need refreshing, but since I'm sure I'll biff it on the trails a few times while I'm getting used to the bike so I'm gonna hold off! Nice thing is that it was plated and registered in Iowa so plating in CO won't be an issue. I'm excited to do some riding!

 

Kicking it over wasn't bad at all-but I am coming from a 1978 XT500 that is also kickstart only, so I've got the routine down. It fired right up with one kick. The WR has so many nice features as compared to my XT500 (adjustable suspension?! outrageous!). Thanks again for the reply. I'm sure I'll have questions down the road and will post them!

That's a much better deal at $1400, now you can use the extra cash for the tires and stuff.  

BTW, your profile says IOWA...? 

 

I bought a 1999 for $1150. Needs a clutch cable and carb rebuild.

 

That's a killer deal...location?   It's funny how bike prices change so much depending on where you're located.   Post some pictures of it!!

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That's a much better deal at $1400, now you can use the extra cash for the tires and stuff.  

BTW, your profile says IOWA...? 

 

 

That's a killer deal...location?   It's funny how bike prices change so much depending on where you're located.   Post some pictures of it!!

 

Must have been a while since I updated my profile, changed it to CO. Thanks for the heads up. I probably could have gotten it for cheaper, he accepted the $1400 with no counter-offer! Oh well, negotiations can be tricky. I'll post some pics when I get it back from the dealer also.

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Congrats on the bike, I have the same one and had a rear brake issue as well. I got a master cylinder rebuild kit on rockymountain and the problem was solved. It's an easy job as well and I'm a terrible mechanic. Just make sure you do a through bleed on the rear brake.

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Here's a picture of the beast. Just needed new brake pads and a thorough bleeding of the rear brakes. Gonna take it on some trails tomorrow hopefully!

 

 

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