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I have a chance to get a very good condition 97' xr400. My question is there a better year for a 400? is the suspension the same as later models? engine the same? do the later year models have sigificant upgrades as compared to this year bike?... Any help would be great!.. Thanks!

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I know Honda improved the carb after '97 but I'm not sure which year. Also the kick start shaft on the '97 is thinner and has more of a tendency to break than later models. It's still a good bike and can be upgraded as needed.

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The fork springs are shorter for the 96-97 forks.

Also, the carb has a new slide and jetting starting in 1998.

Almost everyone gets new fork springs to suit their weight.

Almost everyone rejets the carb.

If the bike is in real good shape, go for it.

If not, wait for another better used XR400.

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I have a '97 and haven't had any problems. All I've replaced is the clutch (Barnett), Exhaust(White Bros. E-Series) and I'm upgrading the forks this weekend with Race Tech. Typical upgrade stuff. Any other questions, let me know and I'll help as much as I can.

Good luck, hope ya get it... :cry:

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I'm on a 97 also. If it's good shape go for it.

My 2 cents: No issues with the kick starter for mine. You can leave it stock or to open her up a little for easier starting and smoother running: The 97 exhaust is easier to modify for it is just held in with 3 bolts. You can take it apart to easily drill some holes for more flow. I did this then my wife bought me the FMF Q (Power is better but I'm not impressed with the construction and maintance and if my dumb cousin would not of thrown my stock exhaust away I would go back). Check the header welds-mine were good (I just smoothed them out a little). Get Uni or Twin Air filter. Pull the snorkle for more air(under the seat). Purchase the A16A needle(or called Power Up Kit at most places), I got mine at Yamaha of Troy) , it will start better and run smoother. (I'm at sea level). At the same time buy new gaskets for the carb. You're going in there to replace the needle, good time to make sure it's all sealed up well.

Besides maintance things, swing arm, fork oil, shock recharge, lube all moving parts... I think these engine mods are the things that will make the most difference.

My riding buddy has a stock 99 with Baja Dual kit(not using it but mostly installed) and I can pull from him pretty well.

My other mods I've done:

Maxxis IT rear and Vee Mud Terrain front, IMS oil line sheild, Moose chain roller, Baja Designs HP high/low light, Pro Taper standard size bars, red gas tank and black plastic, aluminum rear disc gaurd, Sprocket Specialist sprockets and RK chain, on/off/parking light switch installed, Twin Air, FMF Q, LED rear bulb (doesn't break like standard bulb, IMS pro series pegs (one of my favorite upgrades), MSR Bash Guards (a must on all bikes I think). I may of forgot one or two but that's the bulk of it.

If you need any more advice I'd be glad to help. Not sure how much knowledge you have about bikes so I didn't get into everything.

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