READER’S WOLVERINE RIDE
Yamaha is calling its new UTV a
Wolverine, but here is the quad that
originally bore that name. It was the
only sport 4x4 that had a manual
clutch, along with a foot-shift from
gear to gear. It was basically a 4x4
version of Yamaha’s 350 Warrior.
This one is a 1995 model owned
by Thomas Heidrick in New York.
He took it down to the frame and
had everything repainted, and then
installed all-new bearings, bushings
and seals. He also replaced the stock
shocks with ones from a Raptor 660
for more travel and ground clearance. His Wolverine took on a slick
custom look with ITP wheels and
1.5-inch spacers on the rear. Twenty-five-inch Kenda Bear Claw tires give
his quad some aggressive grip.
Thomas gave the motor more
power with a Pro Circuit pipe, K&N
air filter and jet kit. The next thing on
his list is a big-bore piston kit and a
Stage 2 cam. Send your “Readers’
Rides” to email@example.com.
RADICAL BANSHEE THREE-
Dirt Wheels readers are known for
building some crazy-fast machines,
and here’s another good example
of that. Jon Mackane started off with
the front half of a Yamaha Tri-Z
250 frame and mated that to the
back half of a Banshee frame. The
Banshee engine was fitted in properly and then hopped up with ported
400cc cylinders from Fast Racing.
The pipes were custom-made by
Dyno Port. Jon uses his Banshee
trike for TT and ice racing, but says
he also takes it out for trail riding as
A FAVORITE CLASSIC
If you’re wanting to restore an
older two-stroke quad, this one
should be at the top of your list. The
Suzuki LT500 Quadracer was the
largest two-stroke quad ever sold.
Quadzilla was its nickname, and this
is Glen Garrettson’s 1989 model that
he has owned since 1991. To keep it
running in top form, he had Trinity
rework the crank and CT do some
mild porting with head work. A Paul
Turner exhaust rounds out the package, along with new plastic and
OEM decals. It still looks as mean as
it did sitting on the showroom floor
26 years ago.