If you could remember back to our July 2005 issue, we decided to turn our stock Suzuki King Quad into a superbly comfortable trail king. In part one of our Beast enhancement we decided to spice it up with some Suzuki camouflage graphics and make it more aggressive with some Maxxis lightfoot’s beaded on some slick Maxxis shiners. We also added a GPS holder and windshield from Suzuki.
These attachments have been working well, despite some minor complaints with the windshield and the tires. Our test riders had a problem with hitting the windshield with their helmets, so we took it off and are saving it for colder weather. As far as the tires go, these large tires we put on in part one make the steering problem more evident. This creates a twitching feeling that is unsatisfying for any rider. In the rear we installed wide offset wheels, which helps making the KQ stable, but makes it a hassle to load into a pickup. It did not fit between the wheel wells of any pick-up truck that we had used to transport the beast. We would rather have had rear wheels that are just as wide as the fronts. Anyway, strap in and hold on for Part II in Building The Perfect Beast!
(Left) We decided it was only natural that we add some more storage space for all the basic necessities while on the trail. We added some rack bags, which we picked up from Moose’s Utilities Division. Check out the entire Moose line at www.Mooseutilities.com. (Right) The FMF pipe did a fantastic job of increasing the KQ’s power band. It also added a little something to the bottom-end without creating an abrupt sound. Those Flying Machine Factory guys really know what they’re doing. You can order up one of these for $299.99 at www.fmfracing.com, or call (310) 631-4FMF.
SLIPPING ON SOME PONIES! The next thing we did to turn our Suzuki King Quad into a Trail King was to add a slip-on powerline exhaust pipe from FMF. The muffler bolts straight on over the stock header using new brackets. We would have liked to see the FMF pipe with brackets that affix to the muffler instead of the brackets to put on it. They are a hassle. The advancement of electronic fuel injection allows you to slip it on, tighten the bolts and get ready to ride. There is no need for any carburetor adjustments or jetting! The FMF pipe did a fantastic job of increasing the KQ’s power band, as well as adding a little something to the bottom end without creating an abrupt sound. Those Flying Machine Factory guys really know what there doing. You can order up one of these for $299.99 at www.fmfracing.com, or call (310) 631-4FMF.
As you can see from our choice of food, toilet paper was a necessity, but the storage space was more than enough to pack some goodies for the trail.
LUGGAGE ANYONE? Since we are turning our beast into a comfortable ride, we decided it was only natural that we add some more storage space for all the basic necessities while on the trail. We added some rack bags, which we picked up from Moose’s Utilities Division. With a choice of black or Mossy Camouflage, these bags worked great! Easy to install, these high quality bags were on with just a couple of yanks on a strap. The Moose utilities division has a gigantic inventory of ATV luggage! The two particular bags we chose to run were the Pro Deluxe for the front, which has six foam padded compartments with water bottle holders and is relatively cheap at just over $100. Plenty of room for everything you need for a camping trip. But, one particular complaint we did have was that the bottom of the bag needed to be a little more rigid inside the bag. This could have been due to the lack of front rack space on the Suzuki, but a hard bottom would have been great! For the rear rack we used the Oversized Pro Deluxe bag, which has four large padded compartments, and also has two water bottle holders and comes in at a whopping $25 more than the smaller Pro Deluxe at $125. This bag is much wider and is excellent for the KQ’s metal rear end. Again, the bottom could be a bit sounder, but if you can fit a tent, food, water, pots and pans, and some good ol’ sunflower seeds all in one bag, it’s okay by us! Check out the entire Moose rack bag lineup at mooseutilities.com, or visit your local dealer.
We have been taking our Suzuki “King Trail” on relatively long rides, so using a Kolpin Power Sports 3.2-gallon fuel cell was just what we needed to insure we make it back to camp. It retails for $90 and you can order up your own by checking out www.Kolpinpowersports.com, or by calling (920) 928-3118. Kolpin also has a complete line of rack bags similar to the ones we tested from Moose.
FUEL ECONOMY We have been taking our Suzuki “King Trail” on relatively long rides. Rather than having to go back and fill up, or run out of gas, we called up Kolpin Power Sports and enhanced our fuel range by adding a 3.2-gallon fuel cell. It is long and flat and straps on right underneath our back rack bag. It not only takes up little space, but with its cross-link polyethylene based body it is one of the toughest cans on the market. The cell worked exactly how we knew it would. It allowed for the usage of the entire rack because of its shape. The can with its long and flat shape is relatively the same size as the rack it floats on. No screws or bolts; it is strapped on by a couple Velcro straps. Piece of cake. For even longer trail rides and trips you can strap multiple cans right on top of each other and still have room for luggage. The auxilary can retails for $90 and you can get one of these by checking out www.Kolpinpowersports.com, or by calling (920) 928-3118. Kolpin also has a complete line of rack bags similar to the ones we tested from Moose.
A LOOK AHEAD… We are completely happy with our new beast! With the modifications, we have been able to enjoy long trail rides without the worries of running out of fuel. We were able to turn long rides into camping trips by adding some extra storage space with the Moose rack bags, and we were even able to get to our destination quicker by slipping on some extra smooth horsepower with our new FMF exhaust pipe. We have completed our project Suzuki King Quad 700, but look for a full-blown KQ 720 test courtesy of FMF in the near future.
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. Copyright 2008 Hi-Torque Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Console Login