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Had a wake up call from a buddy's machine

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I lived in the delusional land of "clutch baskets only pop on the 17's and newer" and boy was I wrong. My friend has an identical 2016 anniversary edition. Clutch let go at slow speed and he immediately shut down. Nothing is locked up, no metal in the head, going to clean everything out, replace oil pump, gears, 09 basket swap, and see how she goes.

Needless to say I decided to order the 09 basket for mine, and swore I would install it before I turn the key over again...
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It's crazy that Yamaha is not doing something about this. They should not only issue a bulletin about it (which years have the problems), but warranty replacements and go back to using their 09 basket. I just bought a 22 and shouldn't have to spend another $400 bucks for peace of mind.
I think Yamaha has categized the failure under abuse because several carb YFZ and all the Raptor 700 models utilize the same basket. Only the YFZ450R crowd seems to be the ones who report the failure online. I can't recall any carb YFZ or Raptor basket failure post on any of the forums. I agree, no one should have to spend 400$ for a peace of mind on a quad that's advertised as race ready.
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