my 01 wr426's falling appart!

sfc crash

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after my second ride i noticed my left air scoop coming up against me knee as i was riding home, the screw had fallen out. tonight i was changing the oil and noticed the silencer to frame bolt right past the pipe/silencer conector, was missing. i know the manual says tighten, well basically the whole bike,after each race, but i ride like a little girl(who wrecks alot), i hope this isn't a sign of things to come with this bike.:think
 

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The air scoop screws fell out of my '99 WRF too. I put a little threadlock on them, and the left-over tl has been enough to keep them in place ever since, despite a number of removals.

The exhaust bolt was also one that loosened up. Also watch the rear fender mount bolts and front engine mounts. Overall, the bike should "settle down" from loose bolts.
 

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My wr426...

Watch the oill filter cover, blow it out before reassembly and the threaded holes where it attatches were buggered
up on mine. I ran a form tap through them when I noticed resistance on reassembly.
The drain plug is prone to buggering as well, beware the aftermarket magnetic drain plug with thick washer...
This cost me a time-sert in my drain hole.
ALL brgs shoiuld be greased, steering head and suspension pivots and links...
Relocate the crank breather.
Study the free mods on thumper talk and laugh at how much power is trapped in your bike.
Front wheel brgs are sketch-o-rama also.
 

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normal maintenance

sfc-sounds like your experiencing normal wear and tear on your bike. They tell you to check EVERY nut and bolt after riding your bike. Have you done this? You know they dont use loc-tite at the factory, so your on your own. If you start missing nuts and bolts, then its time you gave some love to your scoot!
 
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SFC, I occasionally noticed missing bolts on header exhaust guard, radiator shrouds, front fender so now I always have spare 8,10,12 mm nuts and bolts just in case. Oh.. yeah you may want to loc-tite and checks them every ride. ;) I don't think that your bike is falling apart, it just need some TLC! :cool:
 

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After my Husaberg...

The wr is as reliable as a caterpillar tractor.
I was equally freaked though after signing a note for 10K with financing for my bike.
Then every burble is the end of the earth.
It will be all right...
 

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10K for the WR?

Dont tell me you paid 10K when financing your WR? Please, dont tell me that! :scream:
 

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i bought a handfull of 8,6 mm bolts, locking washers and flat washers. went over the bike last night,only things loose were the shroud/air scoop bolts , but the rest of the bike was real tight. i guess ya cant keep crashing, albeit at low speed, and not have some stuff start to loosen.:think
 
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I got my bike used and every thing on it was sick tight! Even stuf that should not be. I cursed the previous owner up and down as I went to take stuff off for the first time. I left the shroud bolts a tad loose so I could remove them with a phillips head screw driver in the field if I had to, the next ride they fell out! So now I just make em tight and take the 10mm socket with :) . This motor is pretty well counter balanced but keep in mind that vibration wise, there is noting worse than a large bore single cyl.
 

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Spare bolts

I usually buy my bolts from Pep Boys. The prices are dirt cheap, but the quality is good. Home Depot used to have them, but have stopped selling them. Guess we were the only ones buying them. ;)
 
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Check the spokes. These have been loose on the last 8 new bikes we've had in the shop (Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha)
 

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Good one D-S

The spokes and sprocket bolts came loose when I let Derek ride my bike.
He thrashed it...
One ride everything was loose, and I check...
Bill
 
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Bill, some people are just really hard on bikes, aren't they?
We have a friend like that - I almost want to have him leave a deposit when he rides one of our bikes - but he does fix whatever he breaks!
 

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as to trashing some-one elses bike, we used to have an unwritten rule, if you let some one ride it, accept the results, you could have your buddy walk out'a the woods with the throttle in his right hand, carrying the partial front fender, walk up to ya, drop it,and say.."man, this bike sucks" and walk away. my wife let my sister rider her new 01 ttr 225, less than 10hrs on it, my sis went around the back of the house and ran through a chicken wire type fence. wrapped it all around the axle,chain,etc, tore up the frame, bent the rear brake etc. when we got back there ole sis said" you guys need to move that fence." ha!:think