buying 03 wr450 things to look for

I think i have finally made up my mind and will buy a 03 preloved and i was just wondering what are the common faults with them and what i need to look out for when buying one.

Thanks in advance

First check flywheel torque, then check valve clearance. After that grease all linkages and steering stem and clean air filter and change the oil filter and engine oil. :)

The starter drive is no good and needs to be upgraded to 2004 parts ($300) and the starter and battery is a piece of crap, Yamaha does not stand behind thier product or thier customers, do yourself a favor and buy a KTM or Honda!!!

The starter drive is no good and needs to be upgraded to 2004 parts ($300) and the starter and battery is a piece of crap, Yamaha does not stand behind thier product or thier customers, do yourself a favor and buy a KTM or Honda!!!

Or buy an '04 WR, where Yamaha corrected all the above listed problems.

And unless Honda is offering free replacement valves, I don't think they're doing that great a job of standing behind their products.

ive got an 03 did the starter upgrade, best bike in the world. Wouldnt trade it for anything. Not saying I wouldnt ever ride a KTM or honda, but the WR is reliable, fast, powerfull, great suspension, oh did I say reliable, and light enough......Comes with electric start, a pretty nice carb, great suspension and a decent electrical system for stock...ok Im done braging. Cya Stinson

My 03 needed a new head after a year, but yamaha did help pay for it even though it was out of warranty. It was just a freak thing. Other than that, it has been a really awesome bike and I wouldn't trade it for anything accept for a newer one! I LOVE my bike! I did the starter upgrade for I think less than 200 and it was a cake. It took maybe ten minutes. I'm still on my origional battery and it works fine. I posted a thread last year on where to get the parts to fix the starter and which parts are needed.

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