MINI ATV HOP-UP GUIDE A kid’s quad should keep up with his improved riding skills
q For the things kids are interested in, they learn quickly. Young ATVers will typically get the hang of riding their mini quad within a few quick lessons. Before long, they’re carving the trails with an impressive degree of skill. Eventually, they’ll reach the limitations of their mini quad and want a little more performance.
Mini quads for kids have to be designed for beginning riders with limited experience. This is fine, but kids grow quickly in both mind and body. They may outgrow their shoes every six months, but a parent can’t keep buying his kid a new quad at the same rate. Most young riders have to make do with their 90cc quad for a year or two more than they’d like.
To help kids be more content with their mini machines, there are a few things that can be done to improve its performance. A bigger piston, a clutch kit and better shocks are good upgrades that don’t break the bank. It is possible to make significant improvements with a budget of $250 to $500. We gathered up a selection of mini quad hop-up items to give you an idea of what’s available and for how much. The companies that specialize in performance parts for small ATVs cater to parents’ concerns and understand that price matters, so don’t be afraid to give them a call. Tell them that you’re a Dirt Wheels reader and they might even give you a “good-guy discount.”
Blingstar (951) 279-3861,
CHP (903) 509-2727
DG Performance (866) 653-1647,
James Lucky (800) 233-2637
Maximum RPM (972) 481-8708
Pro Armor (951) 343-9270
Rick’s Electronics (800) 521-0277
Ricky Stator (866) 631-3837
3Built (818) 574-5334
Twin Air (800) 366-5437,
Wiseco (800) 321-1364
Works Performance (818) 701-1010
Yoshimura (800) 634-9166
Powroll’s 111cc kit is low cost, but requires you or your mechanic to bore into the Powroll sleeve provided with the kit. The piston, pin, rings, circlips, head gasket and base gasket are also provided.
A Power Up clutch kit is a low-cost way to improve your mini. The complete bolt-on kit offers a greater top-end speed, smoother shifts and much quicker starts.
You will need to replace the stock intake if you increase the size of your mini’s carb. Takegawa’s extended aluminum intake comes with a rubber spigot, as well as all mounting hardware and throttle cables. It fits the TRX90.
PRICE: $75 (24mm); $81 (26-28mm)
Rebuild your mini’s top end with help from the piston experts at Wiseco. Their forged pistons come with everything you need—including rings, gaskets and piston pin—to freshen up your child’s ride. Wiseco currently offers stock and big-bore-sized pistons for the Outlaw 90, Raptor 80, LT50 and LT80.
PRICE: $78 to $90
Replace your Can-Am DS70, DS90 or Polaris Outlaw 90’s small stock carburetor with a 20mm or 24mm Keihin from CHP. This will allow your new aftermarket exhausts and other mods to breathe better.
PRICE: $92 (Keihin 20mm); $105 (Keihin 24mm)
DG’s RCM II is one of lowest costing aftermarket exhausts we have seen for minis. It’s constructed of steel, has a smooth sound and is available for most four-stroke mini ATVs.
Maximum RPM sells Koso’s CVT replacement clutches. These allow you to adjust the rpm engagement of your mini to increase torque and positive hook up. This makes your mini take off faster and pull harder.
The D-slide delivers one of the quickest throttle responses available, as well as developing more torque over the round slide carbs. These are only recommended for modified mini motors.
Easily bolt on more horsepower to your Suzuki LT80 using DG’s Xtreme ATV exhaust. DG also has one of the largest selections of nerf bars, bumpers and skid plates for the old two-stroke mini.
Maximum RPM claims their exhaust increases the Outlaw and DS 90’s power by 100 percent. It bolts right on, has a nice deep throaty sound and comes with a spark arrester that can be easily removed if not needed.
Ricky Stator offers a complete stator replacement for two-stroke minis. The charging coil on this stator exceeds the stock-charging coil, thus bringing the output to 40 watts plus charging the battery. The assembly includes the source coil, charging coil, stator harness, stator plate and plugs.
Twin Air offers low-cost replacement foam filters for the mini market. They are designed to increase airflow while ensuring the highest level of protection from dirt and dust.
Yoshimura’s mini exhaust system uses the same high-quality materials and championship-winning technology as their high-performance ATV exhaust. The Full TRS system includes stainless steel header and tail pipe, stainless-sleeved muffler, mounting hardware and detailed step-by-step instructions.
Honda’s TRX90 will rev out early to keep speeds slower for beginner riders. This adjustable limiter uses eight separate settings that allow you to adjust your box to as little, or as much, rev as you want.
Works Performance offers their A-T Steeler shocks for minis. They are chromed out and feature threaded preload adjustments. You can also purchase the upgraded powder-coated (black, red/black, white/black, red/white/black or red/white/blue) versions with single or multi-rate springs.
PRICE: Starting at $405 (front) and $309 (rear)
Increase your mini’s horsepower and torque throughout the power curve with FMF’s Powercore 4 slip-on exhaust. They are available for the Raptor 90, TRX90, Raptor 80, LT80, Z90, and Predator 90
Here is a high-rev CDI for all of today’s four-stroke minis. The spark is stronger and cleaner than stock, and the timing is fully adjustable with a turn of the knob.
James Lucky’s kit extends the front width of your LT/KFX80 6 inches. It bolts right on and will increase stability, especially if you have made the rear wider with an extended axle or wide tires and wheels. The parts are cut from high-carbon steel. Extended tie rods are aluminum, has a tough blue powder-coat finish, and comes with grade 8 bolts and all necessary hardware for easy assembly.
A tethered kill switch automatically shuts off the motor if the rider is knocked from their ATV. This is a must-have safety device.
To help give mini rider’s parents peace of mind, 3Built designed a Remote Engine Shut-Off system that instantly cuts the engine’s ignition system with the push of a button. The system works wirelessly from up to 250 feet away. No need to run after your child with a tethered 10-foot rope kill switch; just press a button. The kit includes the receiver, remote control, wire connections, quick disconnect, zip-ties and instructions.
PRICE: $69.99 (12-volt battery-equipped minis); $79.99 (non-battery-equipped)
Made of high-grade aluminum, these Iron Cross bumpers are found on two-time GNCC Champion Chris Borich, the entire Bomb Squad freestyle team and ATV MX front runner John Natalie Jr. It is available for most of today’s mini ATVs.
PRICE: $86.95 (polished); $100.95 (gloss black and textured)
The Apex Pro MXR Long-Travel 90cc ($3399) and 100cc($3499) is an all-out race-bred machine. It is built with a 44-inch-wide outside stance to maintain stability around high-speed turns. Suspension upgrades also include a widened rear axle and billet aluminum nitrogen-charged shocks. Power comes from a liquid-cooled, two-stroke engine. To use the engine at its full potential, the MXR has an Apex-tuned clutch tuned pipe and silencer; Keihin PWK carburetor; and a Koso reed cage. For stopping power, the MXR has front and rear hydraulic disc brakes. Check them out at www.apexatv.com, or give them a call at (480) 507-5050.
Pitster Pro designs quads and motorcycles in Utah and has them built in Asia. The result is good performance and a decent price. The company offers several models, including the FXR150 ($3399), 125 ($3399) and 90 ($2999). They come with Honda-like motors that can be had with automatic or manual clutches. Its long-travel double A-arm front end features piggy-back reservoir shocks with compression and rebound adjustments. There is 8 inches of wheel travel up front and 9 inches in the rear. Each model features full racing nerf bars, a full body skid plate, alloy front brush guards and hand guards.