We’ve got lots of horsepower out of
the little Raptor, so what we needed
to make it a competitive race quad
was handling. We went with Aren’s
Extended long-travel A-arm kit. Aren’s
is not a Johnny-come-lately slap out
some A-arms. They have been building
ATV frames and race components
since the Honda 250R days. Aren’s has
a robotics welder offering very high-
quality welding with perfect heat control
throughout the weld. The +3-inch, long-
travel A-arms connect to the spindles
using Frap Italian-made ball joints.
These are the best ball joints on the
market and an excellent choice for your
Raptor. We connected the Aren’s arms
to a set of Elka Stage 5 shocks. The
Elka Stage 5s offer a multi-spring setup,
allowing ride-height adjustment, along
with high- and low-speed compression
and adjustable rebound damping. The
Elkas are the top-of-the-line shocks
used by a lot of top pros. They offer a
plush ride through the small stuff, and
yet you can jump this thing off of a
bridge and get a;soft landing. We used
the Elka Stage 5 in the rear as well,
ensuring the rear end works as well as
the front end.
The Raptor 250 makes a light, fast,
agile race machine, and as we added
parts to it we were very cognizant of
the weight and not wanting to add any
more than necessary. We chose the
Dura Blue X33 pin-drive axle. The X33
is a hollow axle with pins to lock the
hubs in place as opposed to splines.
Going big with the little Raptor is a lot easier with Arens Brothers suspension arms, Elka Stage
5 shocks, a Dura Blue X33 pin axle, Frap ball joints, and DWT rims and tires armed with Tire
Blocks. A Precision steering damper and Flexx bars further soften the blow on landings.
Where the stock Raptor 250 has 7. 5 inches
of front travel with preload-adjustable shocks,
the WORCS 250 has 3-inch-longer A-arms
and Elka Stage 5 shocks to provide 11
inches of travel, and high- and low-speed
compression adjusters, rebound damping
adjustment and dual-rate springs. Aren’s
A-arms have adjustable camber as well.
The stock Raptor 250 puts out a bit more than 18 horsepower, and the CT Racing engine
makes 28 horsepower with a 11.5:1 high-compression piston, custom CT/Web cam, oversized
intake valve, head porting and five-angle valve job. Not only that, but the 250 gets a quick-change clutch cover.
Here’s the frame after welding on the
Teixeira frame gusset kit and powdercoating,
along with the $1295 remote-reservoir Elka
Stage 5 shock. Travel isn’t increased by
much, but it’s high-quality travel.