When I rolled up to the race line,
of course it was full of 450s and a
couple of Raptors. They were talking
garbage by saying things like, “Nice
farm implement,” “Can you carry my
beer cooler?” and “You should be racing in a 4x4-specific class so you can
keep up.” I just laughed and brushed
it aside, because I knew something
they didn’t know—this quad rocks!
They raised the banner, which means
we had to shut off our quads for the
dead-engine start. With my left hand
on the key and my right hand on the
throttle, I eagerly waited for the banner to drop. After a minute or so they
dropped the flag, and with the twist of
the key the Scrambler roared to life. I
got a decent start, but I took a bad line
and got pinched off by the other riders
and was in dead last. I quickly started
to pick the other riders off one by one.
I had reached the faster riders about
three miles into the race and was sitting in third.
We were in a sand wash filled with
unforgiving rock piles, along with
giant whoops. I made quick work of
both of the other riders by making
both passes in the rocks. I could hear
the rocks hitting the bottom of the
quad, but I could literally feel zero
feedback in the suspension. However,
in the big whoop sections it struggled. With the IRS suspension, the
quad was dancing in the rear, and
I could’ve ended up on my head if I
wasn’t careful. So, I started to double
the whoops that I could, and it worked
out better. Lap after lap I extended my
lead, and, to be honest, I haven’t had
that much fun racing in a long time
on my 450. The power steering and
Flexx handlebars made it effortless to
handle this big rig.
We really made the OEM Fox shocks work well in the desert. After a few clicks of
compression changes, it was floating over rocks like they weren’t even there.
Since there are sharp rocks in the SoCal
desert, we wanted to protect the CV
boots with SealSavers’ CV boot protectors. We added SealSavers shock protectors as well.
In our opinion our Scrambler looked
better and more aggressive after adding
some aftermarket parts! We were going
for a cool look, but mostly for performance.