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426 conversion finally complete!

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This is my 2002 426 when I bought it a few months ago:

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After riding it a couple of times to make sure it was mechanically sound I did this:

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It's now complete (I just need to clean the chain and put it back on):

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I had been saving for an '06 since I had an old smoker. I realized I really wanted a green sticker bike so this was my solution..

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Dude that is so sweet. It makes me sick, I just went through my bike and it doesn't look anywhere close to that clean.

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I love the hurricane kit. where did you find all the yellow plastic, and graphics, is that a yellow tank or a black tank. Did you paint or powdercoat your frame.

Awesome ride man

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That bike looks awesome! Really, that is the best conversion I have ever seen. C L E A N!

You will want to get a glide/skid plate to cover those oil lines, though.

Doug

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Since I wasn't getting the '06 like a really wanted I decided to completely go through this one, after all I intend to have it a while. Everything was stripped down and I had the frame powder coated black. The Hurricane kit from One industries comes with all the yellow plastics. Since I was doing the conversion to the 450 plastics I just bought the hurricane kit for that year. The tank is a black Clarke tank. Clarke offers different colors in the "stock" size and shape. While I was at it I put in a 450 cam, stainless brake line, and got some power pegz too. I am looking forward to riding it " for the first time".

The pipe is a FMF Q2. About the same size as the stock pipe and much short than the original FMF Q.

Glide plate, oh ya, I knew I forgot something, it's sitting in the corner of my garage!

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Where are you guys getting the different colored gas tanks???

I had a huge list of things I needed (stuff that wasn't offered on ThumperTalk). I was going to give my business to a local Cycle Gear shop. I stood there waiting over 30 minutes while the guy tried to help me and several other customers. The boss come out of the back to ask a question then went back to his office. I left after that and got everything I needed on line (a few parts come from a local Yami dealer that I will continue to use in the future in addition to ThumperTalk). The tank come from www.cyclebuy.com. I had never ordered through them before but I got an almost instant email confirmation of my order and had the tank a couple of days later.

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i would have never thought that was a 426. if anything a 05 450!!!

Do you like the carbon fiber fork guides (usually a plastic piece to keep the fork guard from rubbing on the fork). I am actually not all that into bling but they were a lot less then the plastic pieces from an '05. I was afraid they would look like crap after a while so I took some clear 3m sticker material and covered them...details, details.

Ride engineering only showed those pieces for an '05 and newer (which wouldn't fit an '02 without trimming). I when to order them knowing I would need to shave them down and found out that they do have them available for the older bikes...

I also wasn't into the short vent lines that some guys run on the gas tank. After putting the stock line on the bike it just didn't look as clean as I wanted. So I bought a short line and after putting it on I think I am slowly getting use to it.

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How hard was it to fit the 05 450 plastic and air box...etc on the 02 426?? did you have to fab anything??

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How hard was it to fit the 05 450 plastic and air box...etc on the 02 426?? did you have to fab anything??

Not very hard-You need the subframe, seat, rear master, airbox, tank, and all the plastics. Most everything bolts right up except the frame/subframe need some trimming and you need to fab a bracket for the tank (or not run one at all). There is a thread on it that gives more info but feel free to send me a private message.

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Nice job, e30 :thumbsup: (you know you no longer need the lower brake line guard, right? I discarded mine when I converted the brake line on my '03 because it gets in the way of the axle nut)

There's a very detailed thread on the 450 plastics conversion...Satch did it. :ride:

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(you know you no longer need the lower brake line guard, right? I discarded mine when I converted the brake line on my '03 because it gets in the way of the axle nut)

I actually wasn't sure about that. I stuck it on figuring it wouldn't hurt to have a little protection down there, I will probably take it off. I should get a full disk guard since I ride out in Ocotilla (pretty rocky) sometimes.

From everything I have read I anticipate the handling/ergonomics will be a little better but I haven't ridden it yet-hoping to get a chance to ride it next weekend.

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Ocotillo Wells? One of my favorite places, too, except for the world's biggest whoops on the Crossover Trail (damn quads). That and Superstiton.

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That is an insanely awesome conversion man! I hate the looks of the 426 they just look like a heavy tank, but that 426 looks like a dangerous full blown MX bike. Like the other guy said looks like a trick 05 450. :thumbsup:

VERY CLEAN! :ride:

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Looks like everyone is trying to be like us SE owners :thumbsup: Looks very clean man, looked great when you got it too! Where do you live in California?

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