arm guard did bend slightly, but it still
provided total protection.
Since this machine was to be used to
claw over the biggest rocks and the
gnarliest terrain, we sourced a set of
sticky tires from the rock crawling
experts at Pit Bull. Their Growler tires
Not only was this Grizzly good for
clawing over rocks in low range with a
686cc engine, it still races down wet or
dry trails really fast. We did our own
custom paint job on the Yamaha accessory front bumper.
On this project, thick skids were a
must. We used the pieces available
from Yamaha dealers. It held up to our
abuse very well.
have huge gummy lugs over an inch
high and extra thick 6-ply sidewalls that
are built just for our intended terrain.
Along with the mean-looking tread pattern, the sidewall’s design includes
lightning bolts, chain links and dog
heads for even more intimidation.
The soft 25.5x8-12 front and 25.5x10-
12 rear Pit Bulls were mounted on
HiPer’s latest Sidewinder wheels. This
new wheel uses HiPer’s carbon fiber
material for the outer wheel half, which
is connected by a strong aluminum
center section. Not only is this product
lightweight and strong, it looks trick too.
With only 4 pounds of pressure in
the Pit Bull tires, traction was never an
issue even in the wet. The lugs
cleared quickly in the mud and stuck
like glue to the boulders we rode over.
Flats were not an issue either. The Pit
Bull tires and HiPer’s Siderwinder
wheels lived up to the tough namesake.
To guide all that traction, we did
some modifications in the rider’s
compartment. We replaced the stock
handlebars with a set of larger Trail
Tech X bars ($50). To mount this bar
to the stock steering stem, we
employed a pair of Rox Risers
( www.roxspeedfx.com). This $80
product mounts to the 7/8-inch stock
stem clamp, providing a new 1 1/8-
inch perch for "fat" style bars.
In case of a rollover, we installed a
set of Enduro Engineering wrap-around hand guards and deflectors
($68, www.enduroeng.com) for handlebar and lever protection. Not only
will the deflectors help keep rocks,
bushes and cold wind off our rider’s
hands, the aluminum wraparound
bar will protect the bar-mounted
brake levers in the event of a rollover.
And in the extreme conditions we like
Enduro Engineering wraparound hand guards protected our controls in the event of a rollover. The deflectors cut down on
cold-wind exposure and stray tree branch attacks. The way we explore, this punishment is not uncommon. Contact them at
(517) 393-221. We used AME’s clamp on grips. They installed in seconds and stay on tight.