There’s something about a Honda
TRX250R that just looks right. It has
a minimalist style with nothing more
than what you need to go fast on the
trails and dunes. This one belongs
to Tom Correa in California, and it
has an ESR 370 cylinder. He recently
rebuilt his quad from the ground
up, replacing every nut, bolt and
bearing. Everything else was powdercoated, polished or chromed.
The Dirt Wheels crew gives Tom a
thumbs up for his 250R makeover.
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Thirteen years ago we had the
all-new Polaris Predator 500 high-performance quad on our front
cover. Previously, the 4x4 Scrambler
was their top sport quad, but the new
Predator was a big step up from that.
Polaris fans were eagerly waiting for
this machine to arrive with its DOHC,
liquid-cooled, four-valve motor with
a large 99.5mm bore and high-revving 64.6mm stroke. A big 42mm
Mikuni carb fed it plenty of fuel and
air for a good dose of horsepower.
Its long-travel suspension made the
Predator a major contender against
the other performance quads, which
included the Raptor, Z400, 400EX, as
well as the Banshee and DS650. The
450s from Yamaha and Honda were
still just a rumor at this point.
Along with a special custom look,
this KFX450 has a 490cc big-bore kit.
It is owned by Jim Hammerstone’s
little brother in Pennsylvania.
MAKING A SPORT QUAD WIDER
Increasing the width of your quad
will make it corner flatter without
being as tippy. There are two ways
to do that. One is with wider A-arms,
and this is the other way. It is a kit
with strong metal brackets that posi-
tions the A-arm pivots a few inches
further out. This is what it looks like
on George Cintron’s Suzuki LTZ250
in New Jersey. He didn’t say which
company makes this kit, but to us it
looks like the one Diamond-J Customs
sells. George also installed Banshee
shocks on the front.