HONDA CHAMPIONSHIP MINI 80 RACE QUAD
*Look back at Zac Willet's cool '97-'98 Honda Mini 80
HONDA CHAMPIONSHIP MINI 80
Zac Willet has been riding ATVs for over a decade, starting out on a TRX70 in ’88. By the time he was ten, he had stepped up to a new TRX90. He also had an occasional spin on his dad David’s FourTrax 250X. It was at that time that his dad saw the potential for a racing career in Zac’s future. Thus the Honda Championship Mini 80 was born.
The father/son team from Henderson, KY, began racing Suzuki LT80s in the southeastern part of the country.
By the time Zac was 12, he had raced in well over 100 events and won four different 80cc quad series in three different states.
In ’97, Zac campaigned the AMA Nationals on one of the coolest-looking minis we have ever seen, a custom-built mini motocrosser with a hopped-up Honda CR80 engine inside. Zac races in the 85cc Modified class, where wild machines abound since stock-based quads can’t cut it against the tricked-out racers that the wide-open rules allow. Unfortunately, a leg injury forced him to miss several races, putting him out of contention for a run at the championship.
“For ’98, we plan on running the entire series, and we’re currently building a special quad for the TT races,” says Zac.
“My MX machine is awesome ’cause it can do just about anything a 250 can. It has about the same amount of wheel travel as a 250 and handles a lot like one—the only trouble is that it’s certainly down on power when compared to a 250!”
“As far as jumps go, it can soak up just about any landing. The shocks have saved me quite a few times when I’ve messed up—I’m really happy with the PEP Limited Mass shocks. I’m hoping to at least finish in the top three in points in the 85 Mod class this season.” Check out this closer look at Zac’s MX racer for ’98.
HONDA CHAMPIONSHIP MINI 80
Engine: ’93 CR80 liquid-cooled two-stroke with stock bore and stroke. EP Racing porting and reshaped head, ’96 CR80 ignition, FMF reed cage, 28mm Keihin carb, custom airbox, K&N air filter, stock TRX250R radiator, and Pro Circuit pipe and silencer. The team runs Turbo Blue fuel with Bel-Ray oil at 32:1.
FRAME & SUSPENSION MODS
Frame and suspension: Laeger Mini frame (46-inch wheelbase), Laeger 48-inch A-arms, stock TRX 250R spindles.
PEP Limited Mass front shocks (10.5 inches of wheel travel), Laeger steering stem, and PEP steering stabilizer. In the back, there’s a Laeger 17-inch aluminum swingarm, RPM +2” axle, Baldwin Racing carrier, and a PEP Limited Mass shock with 11 inches of wheel travel.
Drive system: Hinson Racing clutch basket https://hinsonracing.com/, Barnett plates and heavy-duty springs, stock Honda tranny, RK chain https://rkexcelamerica.com/rkdrivenkits/, and Sprocket Specialists sprockets (14/46).
Tires, wheels, hubs and brakes: In the front, 145R10 Riken radials (11 psi), Douglas Red Label rims, stock 250X hubs, stock 250R calipers, and brake pads and Fast Line Steel Braided brake lines.
In the rear, 18×9.5-8 Turf Tamers (5 psi), Champion beadlocks on Douglas Red Label rims.
Nac’s Racing hubs, stock 250R calipers and brake pads, and Fast Line Steel Braided brake lines.
Handlebars/controls: Renthal CR80 bend handlebars, CR80 throttle and cables, CR250 clutch lever, Scott Hurricane grips, and Pro-Design kill switch.
Miscellaneous: DG Performance nerfs,http://www.dgperformance.com/ front bumper and rear grab bar, custom skid plate, Clark plastic TRX125 fuel tank, stock ’88 TRX125 plastic, TRX125 seat with Graves custom seat cover, powder-coated frame, front hubs, and brake lever, chrome swingarm, A-arms, tie rods, clutch cover, Kickstarter, flywheel cover, axle and steering stem, polished airbox, cylinder head, and rear master cylinder cover, Nac’s Racing Brake Block-Off, and Nac’s Racing Handlebar Clamp.
Quad weight: 220 pounds wet.
Sponsors: DG Performance, Nac’s Racing, White Bros., Graves Motorsports, Honda of Troy, Maier Plastics, EP Racing, Pro Art Works, Motion Pro, Southern Indiana Honda, Wiseco, Spy Optics, River City Racing, J & J Powdercoating, WD-40, Sprocket Specialists, Douglas Wheels, Outerwears, Cometic Gaskets and K&N Engineering https://www.knfilters.com/air_filter_racing_othe (filters). Clink the link below to see a mini ATV hop-up Guide:
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