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Your suspention should be good, because you are hella light. I would get that skid plate, and get new spocketws, get 13/51. That will work way better. The stock gears are way tall, and if ride in the woods, way way to tall. On a track even still need it. That should be good for now.

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Honestly don't understand why anyone sould feel the need to mess with the gearing on the 05, :) get a chain (I like the x-ring and you need a little spacer behind the countershaft) get some oil and filters, and go ridin, man this thing is good! If you really NEED to spend a little, get a couple of the Twinair filters so you can swap em out frequently and keep em squeeky clean! :)

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Toss the stock chain prior to riding it. I would also recommend that you get some radiator braces. I prefer the Works Connection braces. They work good, protect the radiators and look good too. Also, you can continue to use the stock front louvers which keeps your rads from filling up with dirt.

Be sure to loctite the collar that the front of the seat hooks onto. It comes loose.

Skid plate is nice. I got the WC plate and it works, is light and looks cool also.

Get a man funnel from Billywho, makes changing oil so much easier.

After 12.4 moto-hours on mine, I too am thinking that I would like a tooth on the rear sprocket.

Other than that, just ride it.

James

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I think Lawdog hit on most of the high points, a couple of other things

A few oil filters

Some loctite on the kick start bolt, mine got loose.

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If you want good radiator protection I would recommend the unabiker guards. Or devol's even.

I have the Works connection's and they don't offer much in terms of crash protection. I have a bent radiator from what I considered a minor crash with them in place. They don't offer much side impact protection.

Only gripe about the Unabiker is that they extend quite far below the radiator shroud on left side and have a fairly sharp edge.

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I can appreciate the protection that the Unabiker and the Devol offer. they are thicker on the sides. I had the WC on my 03' for two years and several hard crashes without any problems, but they do offer less side impact protection. I got the WC's because I can use the stock louvers on the front of the shrouds.

If you moto at all, your rads will get clogged pretty fast with roost if you use the Devol or Unabiker because they just use holes in front of the rad. Also, the inner fins on the Honda are so thin and easily bent, roost will really pound them if you take the louvers off. For this reason, I went with the WC. The other two clearly offer more protection.

James

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I can appreciate the protection that the Unabiker and the Devol offer. they are thicker on the sides. I had the WC on my 03' for two years and several hard crashes without any problems, but they do offer less side impact protection. I got the WC's because I can use the stock louvers on the front of the shrouds.

If you moto at all, your rads will get clogged pretty fast with roost if you use the Devol or Unabiker because they just use holes in front of the rad. Also, the inner fins on the Honda are so thin and easily bent, roost will really pound them if you take the louvers off. For this reason, I went with the WC. The other two clearly offer more protection.

James

You CAN use the stock louvers on the Devol's. Just trim a little on the upper inside corners. See pic below. Oh, and get a PC Racing Pro seal (no more greasing filters) for the airbox along with a few Twin Air's. My stock filter came apart at the seams when cleaning it with solvent. Check the spokes before riding and after the first 3-4 rides. Hour meters are cheap and make service intervals easy to maintain. Adjustable fuel screw is almost a must. Mine was way lean on the pilot circuit and couldn't get a reliable setting with the #42 pilot (I use a #45 pilot and #170 main now).

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05 450s' come with a 48T rear sprocket. Going to a 51 would be a huge difference and maybe not optimal for you. Older CRFS have 50T stock, hence the possible confusion. If you ride tight, increase 1 size to 49T on an 05.

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The first thing I would get is some gas, and just ride ride ride.

Serioulsy, larger rear sprocket if you ride trails, skid plate, and get rid of back fire screen and get new filter, change the oil all the time.

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