had a Leo Vince complete, $875 titanium system installed. Without the
expense of the exhaust system, the
entire investment into the engine was
around $3000, which isn’t bad for a
total upper- and lower-end rebuild,
plus some extras.
The biggest investment into this
build was in the chassis department.
And believe us, you need a good-working chassis to handle a 500cc
powerplant that is this strong. A stock
chassis might spit you into the woods
like a spent sunflower-seed shell. On
the good side, any current aftermarket suspension setup you might be
currently using should work well in
controlling extra power.
On this Honda, CV Products turned
to Houser for a complete front end.
They used a plus-1⁄2-inch-wider, Pro
Series Slicast, maximum-ground-
clearance, A-arm setup ($910) con-
nected to a Houser ($350) steering
stem that is 1 inch taller than stock
and comes with a handlebar clamp
that will accept 1 1⁄8-inch fat bars.
The front hubs remain stock; however, they were rebuilt with new ball-bearing wheel bearings from All
Balls for under $15. The rear-axle carrier bearings were also replaced for
$50. Pro Armor supplied the full-chas-sis skid plate ($139), swingarm guard
($139), bumpers ($220), nerf
bars/footpegs ($229) and kill switch
($35). Quad Tech was commissioned
to make the matching blue hump seat
($205) and race hood ($135).
Maier Mfg. aftermarket bodywork
for the Honda looks trick and can be
purchased in a ton of different color
options, including the white carbon
fiber look used here for $600. An IMS
3.7-gallon tank fetched another $275.
Renthal Kevin Windham bend han-
dlebars ($90) topped off the project
and were outfitted with Spider-brand
grips ($17) and Cycra Pro bend ($83)
handguards. The Cycra brand is now
owned by CV Products. Renthal also
provided rotation to the rear wheels
in the form of a Z-ring chain ($116)
and ultra-light, aluminum, 38-tooth
rear sprocket for $65. The chain slider
($47) and case saver ($55) were trick,
thick and slick TM Design products.
To put all of that power and performance to the ground, the guys at CV
Products chose to install a complete
tire and wheelset from DWT. Up front,
20x6-10 XCF V2s were mounted on
Rock Out wheels. The G2 wheels featured double beadlocks and had
20x10-9 XCF V2s also installed.
The Cycra brand was recently purchased by the guys at CV
Products. Look for their line of handguards and other power-
sports products to get even better.
The Houser/Fox suspension package makes this quad
plush in the woods and very forgiving on the track. Typically,
though, a woods quad is a bit heavier than a pure MX
machine. Bryan Sutherland doesn’t mind the extra weight.
Houser and Fox make high-end suspension components for woods or MX riders, as well as trail riders on a budget.
CV Products now makes their own
sport quad foam air filters. They know
the value of getting lots of clean air into
an engine to make horsepower.
This kill-switch mount takes up very little room on the handlebars, weighs
nothing and is very convenient to use.