Warmer weather is arriving, riding facilities are opening by the day and your loyal ATV Connection editors are still scouring SprocketList in the hopes of finding someone a sweet deal on a previously loved ATV.
Each week we rummage around SprocketList in the hopes of uncovering a good deal on a previously-owned ATVs and this week we spotted a gem that takes us to Casselberry, FL.
According to the listing this is a 2008 LTR-450 Quadracer complete with title.
It appears the previous owner spent some serious time and money customizing this 450 as it also boasts Walsh frame gussets, Walsh steering stem (plus 2), clamp & Pro Taper bars. Additional touches include a McQuad adjustable thump throttle, carbon fiber frame protectors, Pro Armor rear brake pedal, kill switch, Fox Air Shoxs up front and a Fox Stadium in the rear. The excitement doesn’t stop there as this machine also boasts an Elka steering stabilizer, Bling Star front bumper & nerf bars.
The engine hasn’t been overlooked either with a C-P-13-1 piston, Stage-1 cams, Yoshimura Cherry Bomb, K&N filter & outer ware.
The quad is said to run great with less than 10-hours riding time! This would be an awesome deal anyway, but now that Suzuki stopped manufacturing the 450R, there’s even more appeal.
The seller is looking for $3695 and is not currently entertaining trades.
When one pictures Santa’s workshop in the North Pole, it’s usually thoughts toy-making elves, bright-nosed reindeer and a souped up sleigh out back that spring to mind.
However, in a recently discovered clip, it appears the actual situation involves a half-covered jetski, an old Suzuki LT230, a trailer-tire mounted on a pole and the big man himself drifting a Suzuki Quadracer 450R near the warehouse.
Hey nobody ever said Chris Kringle doesn’t know a thing or two about letting off a little steam in the off-season.
I have a 1987 Suzuki Quadracer 250 that pings every time I crack the throttle. It has a fresh top end but is still stock spec. The only other mods are a pipe and vented airbox lid. Any ideas?
Pinging is actually the result of pre-ignition of the fuel in your engine’s top end before the piston has returned to the top of its stroke (detonation). There are two potential fixes to the situation, neither of which is particularly expensive or difficult.
The first would be that your pipe and airbox modifications were just enough to lean out your ATV’s fuel/air mixture. In this case try moving your Quadracer’s needle jet (OEM part # 6FP60-3) down one clip position.
If that doesn’t cure the situation, it’s possible that you need to up the octane of the fuel you’re running. Switching to pure race gas may be overkill considering you haven’t increased the compression of your engine so a good starting point would be to try blending one gallon of race fuel (like VP C12) per every five gallons of pump gas. That ratio will likely solve any pre-detonation troubles. If for some reason it does not, increase that ratio of race to pump gas until the pinging disappears.
I just heard Suzuki is no longer making/ selling the LT450R! Please say it aint so! I noticed the 450 is no longer on Suzuki’s official site either. Why in the world would they do this?
Sadly, such rumors are indeed correct. The reason for this is a little bit more difficult to pin down. Officially Suzuki states that rather than update the machine to comply with increasingly stringent EPA requirements, they would instead discontinue the model until further notice.
While there is certainly some truth to this explanation, we’re positive the economy played a massive role in this unfortunate situation. Back in 2006 when the Quadracer 450 was introduced, the economy was yet strong enough to warrant annual updates to this (as well as to most of the 450 quads). Then just as the OEM 450 race machine movement began to gain momentum, the economy started tanking in 2008 and has been extremely slow to recover.
The first change witnessed as a direct result was the elimination of the annual updates; now it appears as though true discontinuation of models is a legit concern. In fact consider this: The last brand new Suzuki LTRs to be imported to the United States happened back in 2011 but even still they were technically left-over 2009s.
Factor stagnant inventory to tighter lending criteria and now EPA troubles and it really comes as no surprise that 2012 witnessed a hole in the line where the LT450R should be. Of course should demand warrant Suzuki’s return to the 450 class, there are some viable alternatives the Zook gang can consider to bypass having to completely redesign the model or even further limit the machine’s performance such as selling the ATV as a closed-circuit race machine only.
Considering the fact that the Quadracer 450’s racing heritage has been absolutely tremendous from the onset (multiple National MX and GNCC titles); we’re certainly hopeful that Suzuki will decide to return to the US 450-class in the future. For the rest of us, locating a used 2011 (or rarer still, a new leftover) is our only option. The MSRP for the final 2009 models offered in 2011 was $8099.