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Old 11-07-2018
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Question Tell me about the 2008 CRF 450r

Am considering buying a 2008 CRF 450r from an original owner with supposedly under 50hrs.

Am really buying it due to nostalgic reasons as could buy a new model 450 for a similar price but always wanted an 08.

Anything to look out for? I reckon it would perform similar to any late model 450's for the average rider.

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After all their attempts they say the new 17+ 450R is almost as good as the 08!

They were a bit of an animal though. The 07 yz450f was a slightly nicer bike to ride, friendlier off the bottom (but still very meaty) as well as plusher and one of the best bikes ever built, just didnt steer as sharp as the CRF.

Can't think of too many issues to be honest. Valves weren't great, but lasted a fair while compared to the 250. Forks were a little harsh. Steering/handling was exceptional.

Definitely a good bike to buy as a collectors item and one of the best bikes ever built.
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David Pingree still rates them pretty highly



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I did 220hrs on my 08 crf450r. The IN valves closed up at 75hrs so i fitted Black Diamond SS inlet valve kit and never touched them again.
I replaced the clutch basket at 8hrs becauce it was notchy and then another oem basket at 16hrs for the same reason. I then fitted a Wiseco billet clutch basket and a Rekluse Pro never had any more clutch problems.
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Other than the harsh forks if they haven't been revalved I can't fault mine.
Personally I found it was a bit loose at high speeds over 100km/h so I changed back to 07 triples which fixed it.
At 50hrs depending on type of use it might be getting close to needing a new piston, I do them at 60-65hrs so think about that.
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Thanks all.

Seems as good or better than I expected. Having a look at it tomorrow so if it's what the sellers says it is, will take it home for sure.
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Good year. Raced one at finke. Still one of the best bikes down that track. Make sure the gearbox shifts smooth. Some had issues
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Ended up buying the 08, thanks for all the replies.

Need to get the fork seals done so anything I can get done while they are apart to fix the mid stroke harshness that I hear about??

They will just be taken to the local bike shop so guessing oil height changes or springs may be the extent of what they can do.

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They're a fairly stiff ally frame so you can never completely get the "ping" out of them, some less restrictive flow in the valving will get you half way there if you are using it offroad. They run stiffer ICS springs as well as main spring etc higher oil qty as the whole thing is designed for mx. The shock benefits most from a revalve as they are super firm. You can also use an enduro linkage for more comfort and lower leverage ratio. (This is all mostly from an offroaders perspective, although even the mx guys were running trail ratio linkages for more comfort. I think it was procircuit that were just copying the X linkage and selling it for a bucket load of cash. You can also get adjustable linkages called transformer pull rods).

I owned a couple and was really chuffed with a revlave and a rekluse pro. I like the 08+ 22mm offset... ever since the 04 people always considered it the magic number, but it took honda two updates to get it right. The 250X was the only model to never get the last 2mm cut off, so I run aftermarket clamps for that.

It's taken honda until 2019 to have adjustable bar positions... (two mounting holes).
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