CONTROL IS KEY
Factory 43 is an upcoming company
from Canada that makes bumpers and
nerf bars for ATVs. We contacted them
to get their Pro Peg nerf bar with netted heel guards, a front plated bumper
and rear plated grab bar. The parts are
very well made, and the pegs on the
nerf are wide and provide ample foot
traction, even when they get muddy.
A stock seat doesn’t cut it when it
comes to racing or aggressive riding.
They are generally too slick, so an SDG
hump seat was installed on the Honda.
They added a grippy seat cover that is
ribbed so you have far less chance of
slipping around on the seat when you
don’t want to.
A big factor of control is tire selection. We contacted GBC to try out
their new Ground Buster III rear tires
paired with their legendary XC-Master
front tires. The Ground Busters are a
bit more rounded than XC-Master rear
tires, which helps with cornering and
riding in ruts. The tires were wrapped
around heavy-duty, lightweight beadlock wheels from OMF. These three-piece billet-aluminum wheels are serviceable and tough. A custom powdercoat finish was performed on the rims.
Works Connection sent over virtually
anything they had for this quad. Their
clutch perch system was installed,
which provides a better and more
accurate pull and clutch feel. They sent
a parking-brake block-off kit, engine
plugs, brake reservoir cap and an
An Urmosi adjustable thumb throttle was installed on the Flexx bar
that gives you three thumb-throttle
positions to choose from on the fly.
Fastway sent over a set of their hand-guards to protect the 450R’s new controls and our hands from the roost of
other racers, bushes and track debris.
A poly skid plate from CRF along with
their poly sprocket guard protect the
bottom of the machine, as well as the
new Sunstar chain and sprockets.
Hess Motorsports has a heavy-duty
rotor guard that we needed since
the stock swingarm skid plate was
TM Designworks provided their
Slide-N-guide kit for the Honda that
includes a swingarm chainguide and
chain slider, along with a chain roller.
Finally, a TM case saver/countershaft
sprocket protector was added.
FROM ANOTHER PLANET
We spent hours testing this Honda
TRX450R in stock form, and it was
a fun ride with decent suspension,
smooth and somewhat soft power, and
a low-sitting cockpit. After finishing the
build, the difference was astronomic.
The Elka Stage 5 shocks were the cen-
ter of attention on the initial ride. Lap
times increased, rough terrain felt a lot
smoother and we had far less fatigue.
The bar and taller anti-vibe steering
stem helped soften the ride and provide
a more comfortable riding position.
The steering stabilizer kept the quad
in shape over the roughest terrain.
It allows you to ride with your hands
relaxed. The pegs and nerf bars are built
to last, and the peg is great for hard riding. The teeth of the peg are sharp, and
the platform is wide so you have room
to move around. The SDG seat kept
us planted when needed yet still let us
slide around the quad as well.
The exhaust, jetting and K&N filter
brought the Honda’s engine to life. The
bottom-end hit was definitely stronger
than stock, and the power kept climbing with more top-end pull than stock.
The Hinson clutch is another one of
our favorite upgrades. The clutch pull
is smoother and a lot more accurate
than the stock clutch. This quad was
built to race, and there is no doubt that
it is ready to rip.
(Top left) Factory 43 Pro Peg nerf bars were installed with netted heel guards. The pegs are wide and provide great foot
traction. (Top right) A poly CRF skid plate and sprocket guard were installed to provide great frame and sprocket protection
for the Honda. (Bottom left) An IMS oversized tank was installed to hold 3. 7 gallons of fuel. A Pro Design engine-kill tether
switch was installed on the Flexx bar.