Looking for 04 WR450f; where to look?

I recently bought an 03 wr450f in great shape for a decent price; but after reading about the upgrades for the starter, etc, I think I might sell it and look for an 04.

In looking, the cycletrader lists almost none, especially in my area.

Where else should I look for one? There was a thread here a while ago about someone looking for one, and a bunch of people posted to help him; but I'll be danged if I can't find it.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Why sell it? For $260. or less you can have the 04 starter upgrade! The 03 is a great bike! You are going to lose more money selling and buying. :cry:

Why sell it? For $260. or less you can have the 04 starter upgrade! The 03 is a great bike! You are going to lose more money selling and buying. :cry:

Copy that!

Do a search for the part #'s. From what I have heard the swap is pretty easy. Many have already successfully done this with great results. :cry:

Arent there a few upgrades that have to be done to the '03 to bring it to '04 spec? Or is it only the starter? I was worried about many upgrades, not only the starter...

There is very little difference between the 04 and 03. Jetting is different and the 04 starter design with a slightly larger crank end for the starter clutch. Mild suspension variation as well. :cry:

The '03 also has a 3.1 fuel tank stock, for those long distance rides. With a 2.6 on my '04 I have ridden 60 miles fairly hard and have not used reserve, which I feel is pretty good. My $.02

The '03 also has a 3.1 fuel tank stock, for those long distance rides. With a 2.6 on my '04 I have ridden 60 miles fairly hard and have not used reserve, which I feel is pretty good. My $.02

Correction the 03 fuel tank is the same as the 04 a 2.6 gallon! :cry:

Hmmm; so about the only appreciable differences are the starter, jetting, and a little different suspension? That may not be worth the money! :cry:

Hmmm; so about the only appreciable differences are the starter, jetting, and a little different suspension? That may not be worth the money! :cry:

You are right on the money! :cry: Yamaha would not have even provided the 04 starter redesign if they did not have so many woodruf key failures in 03 which they denied ever existed! :cry: The 04's were not supposed to be a model upgrade year. :cry:

Correction the 03 fuel tank is the same as the 04 a 2.6 gallon! :cry:

Whoops, I was pretty sure they had the 3.1. Oh well :cry:

The 04's were not supposed to be a model upgrade year. :cry:

yes and no.

according to yami, as far as the customer is concerned its the same bike with a few tweaks. but if you worked at a yami dealer you would have seen the "2004 technical update book" they go into some detail about how and why they changed the starter goodies and the crank.

Well, I've called every dealer I can think of; and none have any '04's left. So I guess I"ll be sticking w/ the 03!

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now