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Old 09-12-2012, 12:15 PM   #31
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Thanks for getting back with info on your build.
I just finished mine.
I used the Tusk switch on the handlebar, the nissin switch for the rear brake, a horn from Rocky Mtn ATV , I think it is Tusk
Also needed was a new headlight socket for high and low with ground{ I had an old one).

We need dot tires, so Trackmasters are the low price effective answer.

I ordered a tusk wiring harness, but did not use it.
The stock wiring was fine and allowed me to use the feature where the headlight comes on when the bike starts.

I tapped into the running light circuit for the horn, and used the headlight wiring to feed high and low beam.
A new headlight socket was necessary to have both high and low beam.

I used the stock tail light and molded a sheet of aluminum to the tail light for the license plate. I would have heated and moulded plastic/nylon, but did not have any.
The rear fender is strong enough to use the existing tail light, but I drilled through the fender and will use stainless
bolts and nuts to hold on the license plate bracket that holds on the existing tail light.
I did not think the wood screws that go into the plastic would be strong enough once the plate bracket was added.

I should get you a photo, but I kind of hijacked this thread already.

The Tusk stuff seems to be a great value.

Thanks for your build information, it was a great help to get me going.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:15 PM   #32
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This has some great information, I have been kicking around buying a WR 450. Just wasn't real sure how to make it a legal dual sport. Thanks for sharing looking forward as always to a few pictures.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:19 PM   #33
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I'm curious on the process in dealing with the Ohio BMV.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:23 PM   #34
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I don't know why anyone would want to dual sport a WR450.

Yamaha missed the boat by not offering it with a 6 speed transmission.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:10 PM   #35
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I don't know why anyone would want to dual sport a WR450.

Yamaha missed the boat by not offering it with a 6 speed transmission.

It is generally considered bad form to dump on someone's build thread. You don't like the WR450 and want to stick with KTM, thats fine. This is not the place to talk down another inmates bike choice.

To the OP: cool project. Unfortunately I live in Cali and getting something plated here is a royal pain in the ass.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:47 PM   #36
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I feel bad for you guys over there, everything here comes plated off the showroom floor. As a matter of fact i have the day off so i am going to my yamaha dealer to get a price on a new wr450f to ride away on. Good luck with the project you got going there, whats it going to cost by the time its legal?
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:06 PM   #37
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Every state will be different.
Some no way to plate the WR at all.
Others, no mod you only pay a fee for a plate.

Michigan will cost you $30.00 for a headlight and horn switch, $9.00 for a horn,
13.00 for a brake light switch and a few dollars worth of wire and some connectors.
Michigan reguires DOT legal tires. You can do Kenda 760s for about $110.
You do the work and it is about $170 for a streel legal WR450 in Michigan.

Some inspectors do not care if the tires are DOT, but this is what it is supposed to take.

No turn siginals in Mich.

Again, every state has its own rules. I kind of see Yamahas problem. The states with the toughest rules do not necessarily sell the most WR's. Why put on a bunch of stuff many do not need. ???

Anyhow I have mine, and it cost me $170 and that gives me OEM tires that I can use later. Actual cost is for the switches and wiring. (About $60.00)

Here's hoping your state is logical and reasonable.

Finished mine today. Now off to the inspector and the DMV.

Again, thanks for starting this thread.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:10 AM   #38
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Wisconsin wr450

Hate to jump a thread, but has anyone had any luck trying this in wisconsin? I am looking at a 2006 wr450, that he says was plated in wi but I have heard this is very difficult here. thanks
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:59 AM   #39
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I don't know why anyone would want to dual sport a WR450.

Yamaha missed the boat by not offering it with a 6 speed transmission.

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:19 AM   #40
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I don't know why anyone would want to dual sport a WR450.

Yamaha missed the boat by not offering it with a 6 speed transmission.
I don't know why people make such a big deal over the 5-6 speed gearbox. The larger dual sports usually run a 5 speed, so what's the problem? Yeah, there is an extra gear for slightly more flexibility, big deal, it's made to run in the woods and connect trail and do short highway trips. I wish Yamaha would finally dual sport the WR450, and I think there are plenty of people waiting for this. THAT is where yamaha missed the boat, the 250 is too small for highway and the 450 would be perfect for reasonable commutes.
So it's the engine department yamaha is off on, not the 6 speed gearbox.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:42 AM   #41
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I'm curious on the process in dealing with the Ohio BMV.
Ohio is extremely easy if you have the offroad title the bike came with from the dealership. We went through it several times this summer in the regional thread. The form you need is even online; print it out, fill it out, sign it saying you made the bike street legal, and bring it in with your old title. They'll print out a new title and hand you a plate. No inspections or anything.

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I don't know why anyone would want to dual sport a WR450.

Yamaha missed the boat by not offering it with a 6 speed transmission.
I've always heard it has a nicely spaced 5-speed, and, if that is the case and there is a nice low 1st and a nice tall 5th, then who the hell cares that there's no sixth, other than spec sheet racers no doubt.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:34 AM   #42
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Every state will be different.
Some no way to plate the WR at all.
Others, no mod you only pay a fee for a plate.

Michigan will cost you $30.00 for a headlight and horn switch, $9.00 for a horn,
13.00 for a brake light switch and a few dollars worth of wire and some connectors.
Michigan reguires DOT legal tires. You can do Kenda 760s for about $110.
You do the work and it is about $170 for a streel legal WR450 in Michigan.

Some inspectors do not care if the tires are DOT, but this is what it is supposed to take.

No turn siginals in Mich.

Again, every state has its own rules. I kind of see Yamahas problem. The states with the toughest rules do not necessarily sell the most WR's. Why put on a bunch of stuff many do not need. ???

Anyhow I have mine, and it cost me $170 and that gives me OEM tires that I can use later. Actual cost is for the switches and wiring. (About $60.00)

Here's hoping your state is logical and reasonable.

Finished mine today. Now off to the inspector and the DMV.

Again, thanks for starting this thread.
Yeah, but................

The Fed EPA has been pressuring states to disallow off road vehicles from being legalized because of not being smog compliant. There have been threats of cutting off federal highway money to any state that doesn't play ball with them. Unfortunately, this bullS**t started here in my home state of Commiefornia with the CARB aka: lying communist scumbags and spread from there. The interesting thing to me is that states have been standing up to the feds and the feds backed down for whatever reason(s). Good on them, bad on Commiefornia for starting this non-sense with false claims using falsified data.

Okay, now that I got that out of my system.

I have a grandfathered converted WR400 and am familiar with the engine and I honestly think the reason Yammie didn't do it is because of concerns about longevity that dual sports machines are put through. KTM doesn't honestly care, ready to race and all that, but the Japanese companies I believe are far more concerned about their reputations Trail riding is one thing, true dual sporting is another.

Having said that, I'd do it in a New York second if I could get away with it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:22 PM   #43
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a day of fun


turned into a day of... well ...
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:29 PM   #44
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a day of fun


turned into a day of... well ...
At least you were pulled over by an officer on two wheels.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:14 AM   #45
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I have to ask, is this even registered for the road yet? And if not, why didn't you just go off road when he got to you? Not like he could chase you? So was the fine for illegal use or speeding? THAT is the question.


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