Originally Posted by dmac57
I'd look for a 1997 Gen4 or a 1998-2000 Gen5. The catcon showed up in 2001, adding weight, heat and decreased power. If you want USD forks, you're going to have to do a transplant if you want those and gear driven cams. If you want that, you're going to have to do it to a Gen4, because of the linked brakes on the Gen5s. That's all I got.
To balance this commentary:
If you are intending to do an exhaust, the catalytic is of no concern.
If you are planning a front end swap, I doubt you will have much trouble delinking the remaining rear brakes.