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Alright so i currently have a 01 426 its fun i love it but it gets really hot really fast and when it dies its a bitch to restart. Im talking to this guy with a 04 450 about trading you guys think i should do it?

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Heck yeah! As long as you accept the mechanical condition of the 04. A lot changed in those years. They overhauled the engine and the frame, including putting in the auto decompressing exhaust cam, which makes starting loads easier. Eventually you should try to get an 06+ yz450f. Having an aluminum frame is really nice.

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The 04 is the pinnacle of the steel frame four strokes.  They went backward with the 05.

 

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I've ridden the 4 speed KTM back in the day, and it sucked in the woods. I would assume the YZ is the same. On the other hand, you could probably throw a WR tranny in there :)

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What state do you live in? If in California it may be worth it to hang onto the 01 for green sticker purposes depending on what part or if you care. Both bikes will need work anyway

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