The only downfall to the tire setup on this machine is that the rear paddles are
straight, which makes cornering more difficult in the sand. The front tires with a
center-line Mohawk help grab traction so the front end won’t push in turns.
low-speed compression, rebound and
spring preload-adjustment options. A
Stage 5 Elka shock was also utilized
for the rear suspension, and the set
will run you $3100.
Brinkerhoff took a swingarm off a
2006 450R and mounted it onto this
project. The 06’ is a 1/4-inch longer,
which helps with high-speed riding.
A $500 Teixeira Tech linkage kit with a
stainless steel skid plate, along with a
RPM Dominator II +2-inch axle ($449),
round out the rear-suspension modifications. New Pivot Works bearings
replaced the old worn-out suspension
bearings on this ATV.
Colt installed a +2-inch-taller
Teixeira Tech anti-vibe steering stem
that runs $340. Paired with a $359.99
Fasst Co. Flexx handlebar with a
14-degree moto-high bend to them,
the quad feels like it gained an extra
inch of suspension travel. This setup
cut down hard on engine vibration
and feeling chop through the handlebars. Tusk Racing Pro Peg nerf
bars were bolted onto this TRX to add
protection and better foot traction.
The bars cost $180, and a Tusk front
bumper was also installed for $64.99.
The Honda’s braking control and
feel have been improved in the front
by American Star brake lines that are
needed when you widen the A-arms
and get a taller steering stem. In
the rear, a $60 Tusk Wave rotor was
installed, along with a Fasst Co. rear
brake clevis and return spring for
The most noticeable change in the
Honda is its suspension performance.
Riding fast over whoops, landing
hard off big jumps and soaking up
chop has become 10 times smoother
than stock. The Elkas handle anything
you can throw at them in the sand
with grace. The taller steering stem
with the Flexx bars gave the TRX a
better standing riding position and
cut down vibration. The added stability of the wider A-arms and rear axle
help the Honda corner better and stay
more stable at higher speeds. One
improvement that would have been
nice to have is a steering stabilizer.
The increase power performance in
the engine made riding the modified
dune machine a blast. The bottom
and midrange power hits smooth but
very strong. You can lug the bike
down and stab the throttle, and without hesitation you will get torque.
Colt installed blue CV4 coolant hoses for $80.75 and uses Engine Ice coolant to
keep his quads running cool.
Colt installed ODI Rogue grips that are soft yet durable to last a while. A Works
Connection clutch perch and lever assembly, which costs $195.85, accent the
Hinson clutch system.