— Best 2-stroke for the money —

Ben Shaffer in Ohio has a fondness for 2-strokes and he decided he should take an old 2-stroke quad and build it back up to be even better than when it was new. He found this 1996 Yamaha Blaster 200 in a friend of a friend’s barn.

Blasters were known for being the best bang for the buck. They didn’t cost much, the air-cooled 2-stroke motors were simple and easy to work on and they were pretty peppy for 200ccs. Ben’s Blaster looked to be in sad shape when he first picked it up, so he set out to give it a major make-over, both in appearance and performance.

For the motor Ben went with Vitos 3mil stroker crank, Ken O’Connor racing ported cylinder, Ken O’Connor racing rechambered head, Wiseco piston, Lightened flywheel, Vforce 4 carbon reeds, Keihin 35mm airstryker carb w/ #6 slide, 4 degree advanced timing, CFM airbox w/ Uni filter, CFM engine shrouds, Power Pros right bend head pipe, Toomey racing silencer, 50/50 fuel mix of 93 and 110, Shift star mod, Tusk HD clutch.

For suspension and handling Ben went with Elka stage 3 shocks,  +3 extended swingarm, JT sprockets 14/40 gearing, SRT gold o-ring chain, TM designworks chain rollers and guides, Tusk adjustable axle, Renthal handlebars, American Star a-arms +3+1.

Addition parts included XFR nerfbars, DG bumper,  DG grab bar, Poly skid plate, Maier race cut hood, ITP aluminum wheels,  Maxxis Razr rear tires, Hydraulic front and rear disc brake conversion, EBC front and rear brake pads, Banshee front spindles, NineOneNine graphics, Maier number plate.

So, what Ben wound up with here is a really lightweight 2-stroke quad, that can fly over bumps with ease, carve around turns like you wouldn’t believe and keep 450s in sight when roosting down the straightaways. The Dirt Wheels crew gives Ben a thumbs up for his Super Blaster.

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