Re: RACE MODS FOR A RAPTOR 80
Unfortunately I can count the number of people on one had that I would consider "qualified" to provide information and/or build a youth atv. You see, the youth market is just now starting to rebound after the ATC (3 wheeler) fiasco. Because of these issues, you will not be able to go down to your local "shop" and test drive a high performance youth atv. Also, we have the issue of the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) and their guidelines on size and performance.
I recognized these issues and alligned myself with Trinity Racing -- a company that has been in the business for two decades. You happen to be the first and only person who has ever raised any question about purchasing a high performance youth atv or high performance youth atv parts through the connections I have established. If you happen to be in the Orange County California area, I have no problem meeting you at the track to test a performance youth mini. Currently I have my performance mini atv's racing in Washington, many parts of California, Arizona, Nevada, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Oregon and Mexico. --- None of these owners ever met me or test drove the models that they purchased.
Yes, I know of a few shops that will rob you blind. I try to steer people away from them.
WHen you talk about going from a 50cc low performance atv to a 80-125cc model, I get concerned. There is nothing worse than a parent who thinks that junior can "handle" a bigger atv. We are talking about 40-90 pound kids for Pete's sake!!!!!! How do you expect that they can properly use their body weight to control a machine that weighs double their body weight? They can't.
I hate to see "junior" on a Blaster, 300 or 400ex, Warrior, etc. The reason I decided to research and build the youth minis was because I did not want my kids or any kid I knew on a big machine. I have managed to make a youth mini that will easily out perform ANY of the big models I mentioned above and I feel completely comfortable with the kid's ability to control these machines. I would go so far as to say that a performance youth mini is safer than a stock youth mini once the rider has been properly trained and supervised.