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Modify your machine like these Readers did to their Rides!

Ron Spittler gave his 2008 Raptor 700 a special look with a custom paint job featuring a patriotic theme. “No man left behind” is the perfect message for Veteran’s Day. Ron lives in Oklahoma, and he has his quad set up for the sand dunes of Little Sahara. Along with sand tires, his Raptor has 2+2 A-arms, +6 swingarm, lights, exhaust and some engine work.
April 18, 2016
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Have you ever noticed how a dog can be standing there among a group of 10 people, but as soon as another dog comes into view, that’s the only thing his attention is focused on? Well, ATV riders are like that too. When a 400EX owner sees another 400EX, his eyes will immediately scan it to see what’s different from his. What accessory parts does it have? Do they look cooler than the accessories he has? Hey, that’s just the way we are. We’re always looking for a way to improve our ride, and it’s okay if we get a good idea while looking at someone else’s ride.

That’s why the Dirt Wheels crew likes to provide these “Readers’ Rides” pages in the magazine on a regular basis. There are two different ways we can do that. We could look up everyone’s address on our subscription list and show up at your house with our cameras: “Excuse me, do you mind if we go in your garage and shoot a few photos?” Actually, that would take too much time and our meager expense budget wouldn’t come close to covering the cost of the plane tickets. It would be much simpler and faster if everyone would send us a photo and info about their sport quad, 4×4 quad, UTV or three-wheeler. Within time, everyone’s machine will get its 15 minutes of fame. Make sure you include your name, city and state. Send e-mails to dwletters@hi-torque.com.

Back when Calvin Myers was a kid in Pennsylvania he dreamed of owning a Honda TRX250R. It took him 20 years, but he now has that dream machine. Here is his 1988 model after he gave it a thorough rebuild. It has a 310 sleeper motor, 38mm carb, FMF pipe, Works shocks, Lonestar steering stem and axle, ESR shifter and levers, polished TRX450 front bumper and much more. His legendary machine looks mighty clean in the snow.
Back when Calvin Myers was a kid in Pennsylvania he dreamed of owning a Honda TRX250R. It took him 20 years, but he now has that dream machine. Here is his 1988 model after he gave it a thorough rebuild. It has a 310 sleeper motor, 38mm carb, FMF pipe, Works shocks, Lonestar steering stem and axle, ESR shifter and levers, polished TRX450 front bumper and much more. His legendary machine looks mighty clean in the snow.
Here is lovely Kacy Trojcak proudly standing between her two Raptors in Washington. Her 660 has a 686cc high-compression piston, aftermarket intake and exhaust, along with many other goodies. She liked it so much that she bought the newer 700R version. Kacy says she’s now in the process of making her new Raptor as fast as her modified 660.
Here is lovely Kacy Trojcak proudly standing between her two Raptors in Washington. Her 660 has a 686cc high-compression piston, aftermarket intake and exhaust, along with many other goodies. She liked it so much that she bought the newer 700R version. Kacy says she’s now in the process of making her new Raptor as fast as her modified 660.
Ron Spittler gave his 2008 Raptor 700 a special look with a custom paint job featuring a patriotic theme. “No man left behind” is the perfect message for Veteran’s Day. Ron lives in Oklahoma, and he has his quad set up for the sand dunes of Little Sahara. Along with sand tires, his Raptor has 2+2 A-arms, +6 swingarm, lights, exhaust and some engine work.
Ron Spittler gave his 2008 Raptor 700 a special look with a custom paint job featuring a patriotic theme. “No man left behind” is the perfect message for Veteran’s Day. Ron lives in Oklahoma, and he has his quad set up for the sand dunes of Little Sahara. Along with sand tires, his Raptor has 2+2 A-arms, +6 swingarm, lights, exhaust and some engine work.
It was a couple of years ago when we first ran a picture of Randy Petterson’s unique machine, and here it is again still running strong. It started life off as a Yamaha YFZ450, but the engine was taken out and a Honda CR500 engine was installed. He gave it a special look with custom graphics and paint. Of course, there’s a long list of other accessory parts as well. You can stand for quite awhile admiring the visual effects of this machine, but you appreciate it even more when you get on board and hit the throttle. The big two-stroke engine will blast you where you want to go in a hurry.
It was a couple of years ago when we first ran a picture of Randy Petterson’s unique machine, and here it is again still running strong. It started life off as a Yamaha YFZ450, but the engine was taken out and a Honda CR500 engine was installed. He gave it a special look with custom graphics and paint. Of course, there’s a long list of other accessory parts as well. You can stand for quite awhile admiring the visual effects of this machine, but you appreciate it even more when you get on board and hit the throttle. The big two-stroke engine will blast you where you want to go in a hurry.
Chris Aguilar lives in Nevada, and he likes to ride at Sand Mountain with his family. Here are their machines lined up, with Chris’ Raptor 778 the second one from the right. It has been set up for sand drags by Outlaw Innovations in Arizona with a 58mm throttle body, Mad ignition, Monster pipe, direct-drive lock-out clutch, +8 swingarm and much more. Looks like it’d have a good shot of being king of the mountain.
Chris Aguilar lives in Nevada, and he likes to ride at Sand Mountain with his family. Here are their machines lined up, with Chris’ Raptor 778 the second one from the right. It has been set up for sand drags by Outlaw Innovations in Arizona with a 58mm throttle body, Mad ignition, Monster pipe, direct-drive lock-out clutch, +8 swingarm and much more. Looks like it’d have a good shot of being king of the mountain.
Dan Bohn recently bought two brandnew 2016 Polaris High Lifter 1000s for his wife and himself. With the rack-mounted radiators, extra ground clearance and beefed-up parts, they’re ready to tackle the toughest mud holes in Wisconsin. At this time of the year they have to be able to get through the deep snow of the frozen tundra too.
Dan Bohn recently bought two brandnew 2016 Polaris High Lifter 1000s for his wife and himself. With the rack-mounted radiators, extra ground clearance and beefed-up parts, they’re ready to tackle the toughest mud holes in Wisconsin. At this time of the year they have to be able to get through the deep snow of the frozen tundra too.
Nick Emery and his wife have gotten into dirt drags in the Michigan area. He rides the green Banshee with 611cc billet cylinders ported by K&T, billet heads and cases, Lectron carbs, 2-5 cut transmission, Shearer pipes and a stretched-out custom frame. His wife’s pink YFZ has a modified frame with a +8 swingarm. The engine has a +4 Falicon crank and Athena cylinder making it 498cc. It has a 15:1 piston and +2 valves with a 1-4 cut transmission. The plastic was hydrodipped with the zebra pattern.
Nick Emery and his wife have gotten into dirt drags in the Michigan area. He rides the green Banshee with 611cc billet cylinders ported by K&T, billet heads and cases, Lectron carbs, 2-5 cut transmission, Shearer pipes and a stretched-out custom frame. His wife’s pink YFZ has a modified frame with a +8 swingarm. The engine has a +4 Falicon crank and Athena cylinder making it 498cc. It has a 15:1 piston and +2 valves with a 1-4 cut transmission. The plastic was hydrodipped with the zebra pattern.
Tim Graham gets down the Virginia trails very quickly on his Honda ATC250R here. It has a 350cc cylinder, shortened CR125 forks, +4 swingarm and custom beadlock rear wheels. It looks like he has also done some polishing and chroming on some other parts as well. His ATC looks very clean and business-like.
Tim Graham gets down the Virginia trails very quickly on his Honda ATC250R here. It has a 350cc cylinder, shortened CR125 forks, +4 swingarm and custom beadlock rear wheels. It looks like he has also done some polishing and chroming on some other parts as well. His ATC looks very clean and business-like.

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Amanda Clarno loves restoring old Honda ATCs, and here are the two latest ones she spent a year working on. On the left is her 1986 ATC250R and on the right is her 1986 ATC350X. Along with bringing three-wheelers back to life, Amanda also enjoys riding them at the Oregon Dunes.
Amanda Clarno loves restoring old Honda ATCs, and here are the two latest ones she spent a year working on. On the left is her 1986 ATC250R and on the right is her 1986 ATC350X. Along with bringing three-wheelers back to life, Amanda also enjoys riding them at the Oregon Dunes.
Here is Seth Riggins’ favorite machine for riding the old logging trails and creek beds of Broken Bow in Oklahoma. The big V-twin powerplant of his 2004 Kawasaki KFX700 still gets the job done, and he proudly keeps it in good shape.
Here is Seth Riggins’ favorite machine for riding the old logging trails and creek beds of Broken Bow in Oklahoma. The big V-twin powerplant of his 2004 Kawasaki KFX700 still gets the job done, and he proudly keeps it in good shape.
Paul Proctor has a pretty unique machine here. Back in the ’80s. Nicholson made this special three-wheeler frame to accept a Honda XR500 dirt bike engine because it wouldn’t fit into an ATC350X frame. Paul patterned the look of his ATC500X to be visually similar to Mickey Dunlap’s racing ATCs of the old days. He has a blast riding his big 500 four-stroker in the San Diego area.
Paul Proctor has a pretty unique machine here. Back in the ’80s. Nicholson made this special three-wheeler frame to accept a Honda XR500 dirt bike engine because it wouldn’t fit into an ATC350X frame. Paul patterned the look of his ATC500X to be visually similar to Mickey Dunlap’s racing ATCs of the old days. He has a blast riding his big 500 four-stroker in the San Diego area.
Here is Steve Klopping’s ATC500R that he recently built. It has a Honda CR500 frame, radiators and aftermarket gas tank. The rear subframe is from a ATC250R so that the seat and rear fenders would fit properly. The +12 swingarm was added for drag racing up sand dunes, and the CT drag pipe helps for that as well. The cylinder was re-sleeved to accept a 89mm Pro-X piston. The front end is from an ATC250R. Steve’s buddy, Bryan Witt, helped with this project, and they’re both proud to ride it in the Arizona area.
Here is Steve Klopping’s ATC500R that he recently built. It has a Honda CR500 frame, radiators and aftermarket gas tank. The rear subframe is from a ATC250R so that the seat and rear fenders would fit properly. The +12 swingarm was added for drag racing up sand dunes, and the CT drag pipe helps for that as well. The cylinder was re-sleeved to accept a 89mm Pro-X piston. The front end is from an ATC250R. Steve’s buddy, Bryan Witt, helped with this project, and they’re both proud to ride it in the Arizona area.

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