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Quad of the Month - June 2012

Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV

This quad was built in house at Bikes,Trikes,and Quads LLC. for Upstate NY motocross racer Randy Roennpagel, Randy was the 2011 C class champion in the Twister Valley Sports Complex Supercross series located in Fort Plain, NY. For 2012 Randy was looking for a bit more performance as well as style as he is contending for the B class championship in the same series. The quad classes are open to any size, so rather than spend several thousand on a full race 450cc motor he opted to go with a reasonably priced Athena big bore increasing his displacement to 480cc , he complimented it with a set of hotcam stage 3 cams,a Fmf powerbomb head pipe, and a Dr. D silencer. This combination works great with the engine package while not being overly loud.

For the suspension we went with a Houser long travel setup , with Elka stage 3 shocks all the way around and topped it off with a Elka stage 3 steering damper and a set of Elka 's new shock protectors which really give the quad a trick look.The Elkas offered simplicity and performance, something that is very important to an up and coming rider , the Houser Slicast setup in our opinion is the best on the market, we had no doubts this would be a excellent setup.

We wanted to match the look to the performance and its rather hard to build a unique looking Yamaha YFZ 450 as they've been built in many variations for several years so we came up with a color combination that had yet to be done. We first contacted BK Performance and sent the frame other components out for powdercoating ,we then matched it with a set of laker custom fenders to give it a more unique look, we topped it all off with a Quad Tech hump seat and a Custom set of Bikes,Trikes, and Quads graphics by G-4 Graphics. To us the small details add alot to the overall look of any build, we went with a Work connection dress up kit, Moose Throttle cover, ASV Levers and a Pingel Tether switch , this item however is about the most durable well sealed tether switch available not to mention they offer them in a 1 1/8" size we neatly mounted this next to the bar pad. Another item that was of great concern was a solid set of nerf bars, Randy had been through several other brands of nerf bars but none had stood up, We decided to go with a set of the Houser Pro Bounce nerf bars in MX width the nice thing about housers design is each part of the nerf is replaceable and the foot peg offers a small amount of suspension via a small rubber ball inside the foot peg.

Another thing we wanted to address on the quad was a setup that did not compromise ground clearance for protection. We went with a CV4 sprocket guard, Blingstar Rotor guard , we also mated it with a Tm Designs chain guide to keep the chain from derailing (not pictured), this is important because the tracks in our area often have deep ruts as Dirt Bikes run on the same nights and it is easy to become high centered if your running a conventional skid plate.

So far this season the quad has performed flawlessly, the Elka shocks and Houser components have allowed Randy to pull ahead of the competition in the roughest sections. Randy currently holds the points lead in the B class.

Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV
Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV
Chassis | Suspension | Controls:
Frame Stock /BK Performance Candy Blue PC
A Arms: Houser Sli-Cast Long Travel +2+1
Swingarm: OEM
Steering Stem: OEM
Stabilizer: Elka Stage 3
Axle: Rpm Dominator II
Carrier: Stock
Locknut: Stock
Hubs F|R: Stock
Bars: Renthal RC High Bend
Throttle/ Clutch Lever:: Honda TRX400EX w/ Moose Billet cover
Grips: Renthal Dual Compound
Nerfs: Houser Pro Bounce
Bumper: DG National
Grab Bar: Blingstar
Front Shocks: Elka Stage 3
Rear Shock: Elka Stage 3
Brake Lines: Streamline
Rotors F|R: Stock
Rims F|R: DWT Champion in a Box. Kit
Tires F|R: ITP Holeshot MXR6
Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV
Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV
Engine | Drive train:
Cylinder|Head: Athena 480cc/ Stock
Bore & Stroke: -
Displacement: 480cc
Cam: Hot Cams Stage 3
Carburetor: Stock
Air Filter|Box: OEM no lid
Pipe|Silencer: FMF powerbomb / Dr. D
Clutch|Plates: Stock
Gearing F|R:
CDI | Killswitch: OEM / Pingel
Cooling:: Engine Ice/ CV4
Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV
Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV
Body | Graphics
Plastic: Laker Custom
Graphics|Seat Cover: Quad-Tech/ G-4 Graphics
Number Backgrounds: SSI Decals
Handguards: None
Bar Pad: Renthal
Fuel Tank: Stock
Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV
Randy Roennpagel's 2008 Yamaha YFZ450 ATV

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