Traded the 426... considering a 450

So I traded my beloved wr426f for a zx9r, and now I have the dirt bike bug again. I spent so much time on the 426 and It never let me down. I am looking at one of the older 450's, because thats all I can afford right now. I have a few questions though....

1. My main concern is reliability.. How do the early 450's compare to the 400/426 in that department? I really dont need to have the most cutting edge bike, but I figure a 450 would be fun :thumbsup:

2. Are there any trouble spots I should look for when buying?

3. What are the best mods for trails/desert? What do you guys recommend? FWW? Tank? Stabilizer?

Thanks guys!!! Its good to be back!

A few '03's have seized big ends. The '04 was upgraded. Both nearly indestructible. The trans is slightly tougher than the 426.

FWW? Tank? Stabilizer?
Yes, and a skid plate. A set of ASV's or hand guards can help keep your day from getting ruined, too.

Are '04 and '05 nearly the same? '06 is when they re-designed with the alloy frame right?

True. The '05 had a much improved fork (although not as good as the '06+) and a somewhat less aggressive engine.

'06's can be bought for $3500 or less these days, too.

I saw an '06 YZ450 here on the Las Vegas Craigslist a week or two ago for $3200....

Are they worth the extra coin? Is there a big difference? Thanks guys

Are they worth the extra coin? Is there a big difference? Thanks guys

I have rode both and yes, the aluminum frame model is worth the extra coin. :thumbsup:

Are they worth the extra coin? Is there a big difference?

Absolutely, without question.

I just sold my 01 426 and bought a

2008 450 best move i made I dont think

you can go wrong with a 06-08 yz

Ok.. thanks guys, hopefully I can find a clean one for a decent price. Are there any trouble spots with the 06+? Also how does the motor compare to the early 450's?

Thanks :thumbsup:

Not one problem with either of mine other than a set of water pump seals.

Good to know... Thanks Gray

What about the engine characteristics? Have they changed much?

Power delivery? The '06 is excellent. Very, very linear and smooth, controllable but strong low end, great top end. Nearly perfect, IMO.

Dang, Gray. You make me wish that I could afford an '06-08 450.

Guess that my '00 426 will have to do for at least one more year though (unless I win the "Special Nigerian Email Lottery" this summer).

(unless I win the "Special Nigerian Email Lottery" this summer).

Are you in that, too???

:thumbsup:

(unless I win the "Special Nigerian Email Lottery" this summer).

Sorry guys, I just got an email informing me that I won that lottery. All I have to do is send them $2500 to pay for the taxes and they will send me a check:p

Sorry guys, I just got an email informing me that I won that lottery. All I have to do is send them $2500 to pay for the taxes and they will send me a check:p

Thats funny I sold a old kx250 and one of thoes guys emailed me

saying ill give you a check for 8000 send me the bike and the rest of the money No thanks

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