SUZ LT250 REBUILD
In case you didn’t know it, the Suzuki QuadRacer LT250R was the first high-performance ATV to ever hit our shores. That momentous occasion occurred in ’85.
It was the first four-wheeler to be seriously raced and it certainly upped the ante in the trail riding/recreational world. Honda responded with the FourTrax 250R, Kawasaki came out with the Tecate-4 and Yamaha’s Banshee all appeared in ’87, completing the Big Four’s dive into high-performance four-wheelers.
From ’85 to its final model year in ’92, thousands of QuadRacer 250s were sold throughout the country. Today you can still see many ripping around sand dunes, on racetracks, and on the trails.
However, as anyone who has ever owned an ATV knows, this sport is especially rough on equipment and there are a lot more QuadRacer 250s in cobby condition today than there are clean ones.
GETTING THE NAC OF IT…
Darren Naccarato of Nac’s Racing has been riding and working on quads of all sorts for over 15 years. He currently fields a team for National Pro 250 racers Doug Gust and Sean Sermini. A sad QuadRacer 250 came into his shop several months ago—it was rusty, most of the bearings were worn out, the shocks were history, and the plastic . . . well, that was the worst of all.
SUZ LT250 REBUILD
Nac set out to give this machine a new life as both a hot rod trail machine or competitive motocrosser. For the reader who has a QuadRacer in need of repair, or who is interested in buying a cheap “fixer-upper” in the classifieds and getting it up to specs, the following rebuild should come in quite handy.
“My main goals were to improve handling, performance, durability, and looks,” said Darren. “I wanted to keep the motor mods to bolt-ons only, giving it good all-around performance with an easy-to-ride powerband.”
“I put more effort into the chassis and handling and I believe this completed machine is competitive with Honda FourTrax on or off the track.”
The main boost in the horsepower department is an FMF Gold Series “Fatty” pipe and silencer ($229.95), similar to the one Nac’s uses on its National racers. It’s designed to give a good solid hit in the low-end and midrange and features a shiny chrome finish.
Complementing the pipe is an FMF RAM Valve reed cage ($89.95). The tired piston was replaced with a stock-bore Wiseco unit ($69.95) and the spark plug Nac likes to run with this combo is an NGK B8EV.
Also utilized is a Pro-Design Supercooler ($29.95), an aluminum finned tube that is installed on the top radiator hose as it enters the head. It is designed to lower water temperature as it goes back into the cylinder head.
To get even better intake, a K&N filter ($36.95) with an Outerwears filter skin ($13.95) was also installed. Klotz Racing fuel and oil complete the engine package.
DRIVE SYSTEM & REAR END
To refresh the clutch components, a Hinson Racing Clutch Basket ($224.95) was installed with a Barnett plate spring ($89.95). The clutch cover was left stock but a sturdy Nac’s Racing clutch cable holder ($24.95) was bolted on.
The cable holder is a great cheap fix for the stock unit, which tends to break off, leaving the rider with an expensive bill for a whole new clutch cover. An RK O-ring chain ($69.95) and Sprocket Specialist sprockets ($16.95 front, $44.95 rear) with 12/40 gearing replaced the worn stock units. Transmission oil and lubes are from Klotz.
A steel Laeger swingarm (-1” from stock length for tighter turning) and aluminum Laeger Round Housing Carrier ($695 for both) replaced the cracked stock units. The Round Housing Carrier is similar to that found on the Honda FourTrax 250R and makes the chain adjustment chore considerably easier than the old square stock Suzuki setup.
The rear axle is a DuraBlue Eliminator 2+2 ($349.95), which is quite a bit stronger than stock. The revamped Suzuki also features a DuraBlue axle locknut ($59.95).
SUZ LT250 REBUILD
On this Quadracer rebuild, the whipped stock front A-arms were replaced with sturdy Laeger +2” Chromoly, powder-coated units ($524.95) which give the front end a four-inch-wider track and more stability when cornering. The kit comes complete with all ball joints and tie rods. Spindles and steering stem were looked over and kept stock, but a PEP three-way adjustable steering stabilizer ($95) was added for better handling and comfort over the rough, high-speed sections of the track or trail.
The worn-out front shocks were replaced with PEP Standard Race Fronts ($595 per pair) that feature remote reservoirs and triple rate springs. They add a little over one inch to the wheel travel, with a total of 9.5 inches. The rear shock is now a PEP Race Rear ($650) with remote reservoirs and has nine inches of wheel travel (the shocks are capable of 9.5 inches, but the shortened swingarm limits that).
BRAKES & CONTROLS
The old pads were ripped out and replaced with Braking units ($29.95), while the rotors were left as is. Nac’s Pro Series steel-braided brake lines ($99.95 front, $49.95 rear) and Klotz brake fluid complete the braking system.
Handlebars are FMF CR Hi 909 series ($69.95) with a PEP Power Clutch Lever Perch ($34.95), Motion Pro cables ($25.90 for both), Renthal grips ($10.95) and a polished stock Nac’s throttle cover ($39.95).
TIRES & WHEELS
Featured up front are the popular Nac’s Riken 145R10 grooved small car tires ($225 per pair with rims) which seem to last forever on racing and trail quads. They are mounted on Douglas .190 3+2 offset wheels and are generally run with about 16 psi air pressure. In the back, we have 18×11-8 ITP Holeshots ($162.90 per pair with rims) on 8×8 Douglas .190 Honda rims (the hubs are DuraBlue 4/110 Honda bolt pattern units so they could utilize Honda rims).
SUZ LT250 REBUILD
The aluminum Pro Peg Nerfs ($169.95), front bumper ($64.95), polished rear grab bar ($42.95), and full-body skid plate ($89.95) were all fabricated by AC Racing and are available through Nac’s. There’s also a Nac’s Caliper Parking Brake Block off ($12.95), Pro-Design Kill Switch ($32.95), Nac’s Billet Silencer Clamp ($32.95), and Shockwears shock covers ($39.5 for a set of three). In the looks department, there’s the trick blue Maier plastic (small hood cap $10.95, front nose $39.95, front fenders $149.95, rear fenders $129.95), a CEET Dynotech seat cover ($69.95), and custom stickers by Drag’n Custom Graphics ( 331-8721).
SUZ LT250 REBUILD
We rode the reborn QuadRacer on the tracks and trails of upstate New York to get a feel for the improvements. The power was strong and had considerably more grunt to it than the old stocker. At the same time, it was hardly more difficult to ride, in fact with a peppier powerband we were more precise coming out of corners and off of jumps. It was not that much louder than stock, either, and because there were no radical internal changes one can count on getting a lot of hours out of this engine before a rebuild.
With the +2” front end and the axle, also set wider, the machine could really rail around corners without two-wheeling. The PEP shocks were smooth right off the bat in both the bumps and jump landings. The machine just feels like it wants to be ridden fast rather than just putted around.
Having all the controls checked, lubed, or replaced gave the machine a new life as well. We started whooping it up on this cool blue QuadRacer just like when we used to get brand new ones from the factories to test!
In the looks department, you can see from the photos that this is one sharp quad. What was once a raggedy wreck collecting dust in someone’s garage is now an eyecatcher wherever it goes.
For more information on this project QuadRacer, contact Nac’s Racing at (914)246-3086 where all of these parts can be purchased.
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