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wr four fifty

Upgrade Advice

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Hey there, i have a 01 wr 250 that i will be selling next month, and will be upgrading to a wr 450 and was wondering if there were any real good or bad years? or things to look out for on the 450's ? thanks

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03 and 04 had starter issues and a couple other quirks

Like said 05 and beyond:applause:

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Alright thanks. I was kinda hoping to get an 03ish wr seeing as im only 16 and cant quite afford an 05, but we'll see i'll keep my eyes open and see if theres any for a reasonable price

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How about an 02 WR 426. These were solid and dependable. I also have a very nice one for sale. :cheers:

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My 03 has been trouble free in the 2 years I've had it. The 04 starter upgrade, at about $200, was the only non-performance mod that I've done, but I didn't have any symptoms or any signs that the "dealer fix" had been done, either. I just did it for peace of mind.

Don't be afraid of the earlier models, but be sure the seller took good care of it. Just get the newest and/or best maintained bike you can afford, i.e. my reigiously maintained 03 would be a better choice than a beat 05 that had oil changes once a season.

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I have the very first WR 450 of any other Thumpertalk member and I have NOT done the stater mod as I have had zero problems with anything.

I have over 5000 miles on it and it's been trouble free.:cheers:

Jim

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03 and 04 had starter issues and a couple other quirks

Like said 05 and beyond:applause:

Not so true of the '04's as the 03's. '04 was the last year of the big(er) tank too I believe.

:cheers:

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Not so true of the '04's as the 03's. '04 was the last year of the big(er) tank too I believe. and no AIS on 04' either...

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If you're on a budget, then try and pick up an 04. Otherwise an 03 that has had the starter mod done is the same bike.

As previously suggested, a well looked after 426 is a perfectly good bike if you can live without the magic button. You can do a camshaft mod to those which gets rid of the decomp lever and allows you to simply boot the bike over no worries, thats worth looking into :cheers:

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