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Quad of the Month - May 2012

Brandon Bender's 2007 Suzuki LTR450 ATV

"This build has been a progression over the last two years. The quad is an '07 that I bought brand new in January 2010. I intended on finding a used Honda 450R and setting it up for MX, but stumbled across this on a showroom floor at a dalership near me and the rest is history. I justified it by telling myself "it was MX ready and I wouldn't need to mod it..." Well I should have known better, since Ican't leave -anything- alone. Shortly after spending a little time on the forums looking at other LTRs I saw one with yellow plastics and frame and new the instant I laid eyes on it what I wanted to do with mine. Finally over this past winter I had the opportunity to tear it down and make it my own.

For the sake of reliability (and the fact that I was pulling 1 out of 3 holeshots at local races against big builds) I kept the insides all stock, with the exception of a BCS shift pin, for added reliability. For power I scored a deal with Yoshimura for 2012, so I'm running a full RS-5 exhaust, along with a few other small hard parts from them. On the intake side I'm running a stock airbox with a ModQuad intake adapter and a K&N filter with an Outerwears pre-filter. Other than that I'm still making due with the respectable power the LTR puts down in factory trim.

Suspension-wise I went with Fox Shocks on all three corners. All three I picked up used in the classifieds sub-forums, and had serviced and/or revalved/resprung. Other than a KOQ linkage and the shocks, the suspension components are stock as well. For a B-class rider, I felt I had no business upgrading the already-MX width front end to long travel, and the rear end is working great with the Fox/KOQ combo.

I am running Precision's Shock & Vibe clamps and their standard steering stabilizer. I have to mention that the shock & vibe clamps are probably the best thing I've done to the bike... I would recommend them to anyone. I installed them when I was still running stock front shocks and it felt like I put an aftermarket front end on.

I am also onboard with DWT this season, and the G2 rear beadlocks and Rok-Out fronts are great. I also took a chance with their V3 front tires and V4 rears, despite not seeing much in the way of first-hand reviews from people on the forums, but they've been great thus far.

Dirt Fiend Racing did the graphics, and they've been a pleasure to work with. Sam put up with my meticulous custom details I wanted on the kit, and he made the vision in my head a reality.

Overall this thing looks and performs better than I expected, and I'm honored to have won quad of the month. After seeing some of the other quads in the running this month I wasn't holding my breath, and I have to say I applaud the other builds.. well done boys."

- Brandon Bender

Suzuki LTR450 ATV

Chassis | Suspension | Controls:
Frame Stock Powder Coated Yellow
A Arms: Stock, POR15'd black
Swingarm: stock, PC'd black
Steering Stem: Stock
Stabilizer: Precision
Axle: Stock
Carrier: Stock
Locknut: Stock
Hubs F|R: Stock
Bars: Pro Taper Contour, ATV Hi bend
Clamps: Precision Shock & Vibe
Throttle/ Clutch Lever:: Stock
Grips: ODI Rogue w/ custom clamp engraving
Nerfs: Pro Armor Revolution
Skid Plate: Repair & Despair full frame poly
Bumper: Pro Armor Dominator
Grab Bar: Stock, PC'd black, KOQ number plate bracket
Front Shocks: Fox Float X EVOL, Quad Tech roost guards
Rear Shock: Fox Podium X
Rear Link: KOQ
Brake Lines: stock
Rotors F|R: stock
Rims F|R: DWT Rok Out 4:1 front, G2 beadlock rear
Tires F|R: DWT V3 yellow label front, V4 blue label rear
Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Engine | Drive train:
Cylinder|Head: stock
Bore & Stroke: Stock
Displacement: Stock
Cam: Stock
Carburetor: -
Air Filter|Box: ModQuad intake ring, K&N w/ Outerwears
Pipe|Silencer: Full Yoshimura RS5, stainless
Clutch|Plates: Stock
Gearing F|R:
CDI | Killswitch: Pro Armor, CRBM
Cooling: Engine Ice, battery box removed
Other: Ballistic EVO2 lithium ion battery
Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Body | Graphics
Plastic: stock, Quad Tech beak
Graphics|Seat Cover: DFR Invasion, Quad Tech seat cover
Number Backgrounds: DFR
Handguards: PowerMadd
Bar Pad: Precision
Fuel Tank: Stock , Full Flow breather
Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Suzuki LTR450 ATV

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