The stock Raptor chassis skid plate is a
bit flimsy, so we bolted on an easy-to-install skid plate set from Tusk to help
protect the frame.
The fuel-injected Raptor 700R engine
has a lot of torque and power in stock
trim, so there was no need for any internal engine modifications. The Barker’s
dual-exhaust system comes with a
header pipe as well as the mufflers.
The Arisun XC Plus tires hook up
decently in most terrain. It was tricky to
pitch the Raptor sideways in the sand
without utilizing the quad’s big power.
bars, paired with their dual-compound grips. The new handlebars
have a flatter feel that makes them
better for more aggressive riding and
gives the machine a better feel in
a standing riding position. The ATV
Racer bar fits in the stock bar clamp.
To deflect roost and debris along the
trails, we installed a set of Renthal’s
handguards as well. We then picked
up a set of Torc 1’s stock replacement
clutch and brake levers that provide
a better lever-control feel. Hand controls aren’t the only important factor in
controlling an ATV. A great set of footpegs will help keep your feet planted
where you need them to be, and that’s
where Tusk came in. We installed a
set of Tusk’s footpeg nerf bars with
heel guards. The footpegs that come
attached to the nerf bars extend further out than the stockers, with a kickup at the end, and the built-in aluminum heel guards stop your feet from
slipping too far back off the pegs. The
nerf bars also protect the Raptor from
other riders’ wheels, and trail debris
that can get lodged in between the
feet controls. Installation on the nerfs
is pretty straightforward, and the kit
comes with all the hardware needed.
The only difficult part was switching
the rear-brake mechanism to the nerf
bars. We also picked up a full-chassis
skid plate from Tusk to protect the
bottom of our machine from big rocks
and other rough terrain. After a few
hard rides we noticed the stock skid
plate took some heavy damage and
one of the frame mounts broke off,
so a more protective skid plate was
needed. Traction is key for putting
the power to the ground, and Arisun
We went to Tusk for a set of their footpeg nerf bars with
built-in heel guards. The pegs are longer than stock, which
provides more surface area for your foot, and the nerf bars
are very protective.
A Pro-Tec airbox filter lid, Twin Air filter kit and Power
Commander PC5 were installed on the Raptor. The intake
system lets the Yamaha breathe easier, yet keep dirt and
debris out of the engine.