RESTORED OR MODIFIED ATC250R?!

INSTALLING A TRX450R SWINGARM ON AN ATC250R

A DIRT WHEELS FAN WRITES: “I have a restored 1986 ATC250R, and while I love it, I have heard the benefits of installing an ’08 TRX450R swingarm and related components. What is stopping me is the amount of spacers, grinding, welding and the mis-match of suspension linkage necessary to make the rear end work the way I would like it to. If you were doing this conversion, A- Would you? And B- How to do it without all the shade tree modifications? – George Flint, Holland Patent, NY

TRX450R SWINGARM ON AN ATC250R

OUR PRO ANSWER: So, A -If I was fed up with the original ATC rear end for how I was using the trike and wanted to upgrade to more modern components, then Yes! B- To install an ’08 TRX450R swingarm, it is going to require everything you have mentioned. However, if you want to just use the upgraded TRX450R axle, bearing carrier, brakes and hubs, then don’t use a Honda TRX450R swingarm! BVC Trikes has a conversion swingarm that fits the ATC250R frame, shock and linkage but uses the updated 450’s axle, bearing carrier, brakes and hubs as seen here: https://bvctrikes.com/products/atc250r-swing-arm-trx450r-swap. And C- If you restored a classic ATC, wouldn’t you want to keep it stock? Isn’t that the meaning of restored? Like if I restored a original 1964 and a half Ford Mustang but I installed a turbocharged V8 in place of the six cylinder, is it still restored at that point or modified?

 

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