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Years ago I predicted 4 strokes would soon be able to catch up with 2 stokes on the fun factor scale and I swore that I would get one when they did. I know that I should have waited just a little longer for the X model, but hey, too much fun was being missed due to trying to manhandle my 84cr500 around. Bought a well maintained 03 CRF450 for short money (Ithink)3300. I have some petty issues with it. I'm 5'-6" @140 pounds. Most action is woods riding (hence i should have waited for the X). My questions as follows:

1) Bike came with Ti 4 w/powerbomb header. My neighbors as well as the MDC cops have informed me that I'm on the obnoxious side of a little loud. :) Is a stock exhaust worth looking into? I've heard they are loud as well?? I don't mind losing a little power as you can see I'm little anyway. :)

2) Kouba Link . Shorty here would like the ground to reach his feet a little more often as I woods ride. I would be glad to sacrafice some travel that never gets used anyway to enable me to ride this bike a little better. Good idea or not?

3) 1st gear is too high to plunk around technical areas on the trail. Other than dropping a tooth on the countershaft, can this be remedied? Perhaps an X type 1st gear inside tranny? Did Honda make them similar enough to change or am I wasting my time thinking about the possibility?

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You're bike is going to be fine in the woods. Lot's of guys using them for this.

The stock exhaust with a ProMoto endcap is the way to go. This combination is what we use here in Michigan to pass event sound checks.

For the first gear thing put in a Rekluse clutch. You'll love it. A lot easier than splitting the cases and going with a wide ratio.

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I agree. ProMoto Billet end cap with the silent insert.

For gearing, go with 13/53 unless you want to plunk down $400 on a Rekluse auto-clutch.

You can lower the seat height by going to an 02 seat (about 10mm lower). It's not much but will help some. I have one laying around that needs a seatcover if you want it.

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13 52 gearing on mine (stock was 13 48), still a little tall for slow riding over rkocky areas. I'm thinking about the rekluse clutch, no decision yet. great woods bike over all though. On the exhaust, try the slip on Q series. Should slip right on your existing FMF header. It's fairly quiet and spark arrested. :)

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To lower it some, you can get a Storm ( www.stormcycles.com ) lowering link to lower it..A rekluse clutch will help as well for your gearing issue, a flywheel weight is another option if you don't want to spend $400+ on the Rekluse. Good luck and have fun :)

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I think the fmf Q, Storm link and Rekluse clutch are all a good idea. You might also want to revalve the suspension for you weight and the type of riding you do. I think these early CRF's were a little harsh on compression and can be improved greatly for the type of riding you do.

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Rekluse ! Best money I have ever spent on a dirt bike. No more stalling, no more worn out clutch hand.

Run the compression clickers in the forks all the way out (full soft) or get it re-valved.

Great woods bike!

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