Has anyone converted from a < 2002 (400,426) body style to the > 2003 (450) ?

Just curios what all it would take to be able to use the newer plastics and would the 03 subframe, airbox, seat, tank mount on a 2001 426 frame.

It's all in that thread, lots of info. :thumbsup:

Just curios what all it would take to be able to use the newer plastics and would the 03 subframe, airbox, seat, tank mount on a 2001 426 frame.

The million dollar question is are you going to strip the bike down to the frame and redo everything or are you just going to put new plastics on it?

If you are going to paint/powder coat the frame then there is a little nicer way to do it with a permanent mount for the gas tank instead of a bracket.

I am in the process of doing it to my 426 and taking pictures every step of the way for a nice write up.

Thanks fot the link to a great thread :thumbsup:

Teamscream, I cant wait to see yours.

Thanks fot the link to a great thread :bonk:

Teamscream, I cant wait to see yours.

Here is the frame and swingarm with the rear wheel test mounted in place.

You can see in the picture where my finger is pointing that I welded a bung on each side of the frame in that location to accept the stock 03-05 YZF tank mount bolts.



I really wanted it to be secure and also wanted it to look like it was built that way and not just sort of half assed.

Anyway you do it it is going to look bitchen when you are done but I love my toys and I like them to look badass, plus I absolutely love to tinker with stuff.

Just wait man I am getting excited as my engine should be done by Friday, and my graphics may be done by then as well so I can start putting it together next week (I am racing this weekend so I wont be able to touch it), the litst of trickness is never ending.

I am going for that "sexiest WR" title over in the WR forum. lol


also wanted it to look like it was built that way and not just sort of half assed.



My thread is now approaching 2 years old...no failures and although I do not have the bike any longer....I do know the owner and keep tabs on it.

BTW..the who powdercoating of frames , for motocross anyway, is a waste of time and money. Did my complete resto on my 1982 and guess what....the paint still wears off the frame.

Good luck with your resto though!

Oh my god Satch,

I am so sorry brother, I did not mean for that post to disrespect your method at all, your method is perfect, and works perfect and looks great brother, I am really sorry that it came off that way, What I meant was that I did not want MY way of doing it to come out half assed so thats why I did it the way I did.

I am sorry that it came across the way it did Satch....please forgive me.

And I agree that powder coating wears off also, but this bike is strictly street.

It will never see the dirt, I am building it for pure hooliganism around town.

My powder coating company did the frame in 2 stages, and applied a special coating of some kind below the top coat on the down tube and the cradle underneath the engine to hopefully keep it from rock chips for a little longer.

I will post pics when its all done.

Sorry again Satch, it was YOUR method that convinced me that this could be done in the first place so ALL of the props go to you bro...I just figured since the bike was apart down to the frame that I would fabricate threaded bungs to look like an extension of the engine mount points and I did not want that to look half assed so I took the time to do it ....geeez I feel like shit now after re-reading my post. SORY SORRY SORRY bro. :thumbsup::bonk:

Man it's all good!!! I was trying to be "tongue in cheek" with my response. I am not offended at all. :thumbsup:

Sorry if it came across that way. I just wanted to add that the bracket method (if welded and painted) is durable and is an option. Your set up is pretty dang snazzy I admit! :bonk:

It's all good TeamScream, you have a pretty good looking set-up there.

Here's how mine turned out, hopefully not too half assed. :thumbsup::thumbsup:



Sorry about the size, can't seem to resize them at the host site. :bonk:

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