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Which year yz450 to buy?

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Is there a year that stands out as a good year to buy? I don't want an 010. I have an 04 and I love the power but I'm told the suspension is lacking on these. I will probably get a newer bike rather than sinking a lot of money into the suspension. Just wondering which years I should look at.

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Is there a year that stands out as a good year to buy? I don't want an 010. I have an 04 and I love the power but I'm told the suspension is lacking on these. I will probably get a newer bike rather than sinking a lot of money into the suspension. Just wondering which years I should look at.

Listening to feedback here on TT, and personally riding one, i'd throw out a suggestion to try and find a clean 2006. Many should agree that was the best "compramise" of everything. The '06 did everything great. (just watch out for those pesky garbage steering stem bearings ! LOL

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The '06 seems to have everyone's favorite power curve, and they are usually a a very good buy. If you get a later one, an '06 CDI will give the newer bike the same kind of low end the '06 has.

The '08 stands out as a distinct, if not major, improvement in the chassis/suspension. The stock exhaust is lame, but almost anything fixes that.

Otherwise, they are all pretty damn good.

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I'd say 08+. Everyone likes the 06 but it will be tough finding a nice bike with low hours the more years you go back, where as some dealers may still be hanging onto an 08 or 09 at super cheap prices - and you don't have to deal with the typical craiglist'r this route either who says they change the oil but don't, never did the break in procedure right, rides sand dunes all the time, etc...

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I'd go with an '09 over an '08 just because it's newer (and still eligible for contingency if that's a factor). Plan to put $$ in the suspension no matter what the year. They're almost never ready for "you" out of the box.

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my 07 is treating me wonderfully. im sure suspesion could be adjusted for me but im used to it now. strange nobodys mentioning an 07 at all. is there something bad about them??

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OK, here's the latest update, the Wife put the kibosh on the new bike (something about some stupid cruise we're taking ) come on, get your priorities straight! So I have acquired some 06 forks and an 05 rear shock. I know the shock will work (I have one race on it already) I'm pretty sure I remember it's not too hard to adapt the forks. Once everything gets fitted properly I will have Precision concepts or Smart dial them in for me.....hopefully in time for the races when they resume in Sept. Thanks for all of the input guys but I'm going to live with the 04 a little longer.

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Cruise? Screw that.....You could buy a new bike and get the suspension done for the cost of the bar tab alone.:banana:

I say take her to Chucky Cheese followed up with a night at Motel 6, and after that take her for a "Cruise" on your new bike.:)

+1 for the 06'

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if i could fit the 03 engine in my 07 i would be very happy, never rode any thumper that rips like the 2003 450

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if i could fit the 03 engine in my 07 i would be very happy, never rode any thumper that rips like the 2003 450

Got an 03 and 07 in the garage. The 07 will out run the 03 anytime anyplace. The 03 just feels fast because of the ignition curve and light flywheel. Spins up too quick off idle.

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if i could fit the 03 engine in my 07 i would be very happy, never rode any thumper that rips like the 2003 450

Want a surprise? Run them side by side on pavement.

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I love my '03 450! I went from a '92 XR 250L that was stripped of all excess weight. I can't imagine anything riding better than what I've got now. All I have to do is think about turning and it sticks where I want it. I did have to change the sprockets though. Too much for the woods. I can run in 2nd and 3rd most of the time through the trails. What a sweet ride!

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