Like it or not the 4-strokes are a way of the life for us now and they are great in many ways on the track and trail. However, one big downside is that when a good 4-stoke motor goes south it means serious $$. There are many cases where it will cost as much or more than a bike is worth to repair. Well, with the help of a few good companies we were able to fix up a very good YZ450 that was headed to the dumpster.
The bike was purchased for only $300 off Craigslist and that might sound tremendous on the surface however, if you add in the approximately $2000 to get parts for the engine and repair the suspension it is not as tremendous. Sometimes even a free bike can be worth just that (nothing). When you looking to pick up a damaged current 4-stroke look for ones with good cases and head. These parts cost way too much stock in most cases to consider replacing.
For this project we needed a full rebuild with a Hot Rods Bottom end kit that too care of our lower end and a Cylinder Works std bore std compression top end kit. These two kits took care of our main problems. Then we got new OEM valves and springs from Yamaha.
The stock pipe was in great shape and could have been used if staying on a tighter budget but were looking for a bit more performance so went with the FMF system in Stainless.
The suspension was just freshened up with some fresh Pivot Works bearings and seals and oil. MB1 took good care of us with this.
To make this thing look like it wasn’t five years old we went to MX Plastics and get a bit of a retro look and had Decal Works give it that Henry look.
Our initial ride has us a slight bit off on the carb and it turns out it needed one more good cleaning. On any old bike that has been sitting you can count on that every passage could be blocked and we missed one. Now it runs like a new bike with over 15 hours on the bike since the build we can’t complain. Tom Morgan helped us get the jetting specs just right.
Overall it was a great project that shows that you can fix up about any bike if you have the time, resources and money to do so.