What makes this WR project dif- ferent from the others is that
this is an actual National-level, race-winning machine. This bike, with
Ross Neely at the controls, won three
District 36 X-Country races overall—the Shasta Dam National Hare
Scrambles, the Virginia City GP, and
every special test at the 2013 Idaho
City ISDE qualifier.
Dick’s Racing has high praise for
the WR450, calling it a clear threat
to the KTM, and it has proven to be
stone-cold reliable, even in race trim.
Dick’s touched on every facet of the
machine. Here’s a look at the mods.
The internals are totally reworked to
provide plush action while increasing the
limits of speed and bottoming resistance.
To help make this possible, a special
valve is installed that helps hold up the
rear end for maximum travel availability.
The stock spring is utilized, since Ross
weighs 160 pounds.
The TM Designs chainguide kit with swingarm pad and chain roller is brutally efficient.
A Renthal O-ring, Dirt Tricks sprockets, EBC
pads and rotors, and a GYTR rear disc protector get the nod based on performance and reli-ability enhancements.
KEEP THE BUTTON
Shorai’s battery offers
a strong jolt and shaves
An IMS tank and dry brake
were added to extend the mileage and reduce the number of pit
stops. Acerbis plastic is covered
with Dirt DNA custom graphics to
keep the bike looking good.