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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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15 years on the trail

I bought my '01 Raptor 660R new when I was 16. And while buying an atv new from a dealer is not a financial decision I will likely make again in life, I've not often regretted it.

The smiles per dollar have been more than acceptable. I did a few small upgrades in the early years. Tires, swing arm skid, AC nerfs and grab bars, and that was about it. Always wanted to pipe it but, pipes aren't cheap and I've got a whole slew of other money pit projects.

In recent years I finally pieced together a full set of ITP Baja wheels and once again upgraded the tires to 23s &22s.

Also added full skids. My a arms would have faired better had I done this sooner.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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For the last few years I've been fighting an issue with the sprocket and rotor hubs, the faces were scarred and would not seal well. I've went to a dual row carrier and rebuilt it a couple times. This came to a head a year or so ago, on a trip to the dunes when the freshly rebuild carrier immediately got sand in it and locked up on me, essentially ruining the trip.

I blamed this partially on the stock axle nut that wouldn't stay tight. After getting back I switched to a mod quad locking nut, and rebuilt the carrier once again.
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We made another dunes trip, for redemption I suppose, and this time the carrier held up. But I was a little underwhelmed with the bike's performance. Having switched to 12/42 gearing for the 22" Trail tires made the 20" paddles way too low, yet it felt bogged down in 3rd. So I rode most of the trip in a very slow 2nd gear.

I wasn't sure if the raptor was getting low on compression, the 15 year old Sand sharks were worn out, or I had just built up a "tolerance" to the once impressive 33ish hp. Probably a combination, but I came home with a lot of thoughts about getting another quad. A "sand queen" like my buddies Kawasaki Tecate.... but more like a 400cc banshee.

So, eventually I came to the conclusion that I would make some changes to the Raptor. Put off owning another quad (project ) and try to keep myself content with the 660 for a few more years. I mean, an even 20 years qualifies as "getting your monies worth" right?

So I ordered up a Yoshimura pipe, ProFlow intake, jet kit, etc. While I was at it I port matched the intake tubes, and adjusted the valves for the first time. My buddy had done "the big 3" a few years back and.... I just never thought it made $700+ of a difference. That and I didn't entirety want to dig into my all stock, dead nuts reliable motor (carbs).
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I also picked up a pretty good deal on a full set of Skat Traks. We headed back out this November and the trip went great. I had dialed the jetting in with my wide band 02 setup I typically use on turbo projects. I also changed the gearing up to 12/40.

It ran awesome, the skat Traks hooked great, they even trailed great. Gearing was obviously faster, and even so it climbed everything in 3rd gear.
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We even got some decent videos. I'm still figuring out Go Pro Studio, and mainly figuring out that my laptop sucks. So, now I need more 4 wheeler parts and a better computer.

https://youtu.be/0nqwbicpaSY

https://youtu.be/KFiisC1NEmA

Anyway, I've got some more parts in the mail so I'll probably post some updates pretty soon.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 06:54 AM
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Looks like a great upgrade long overdue. Even for a 15 year old machine, these Raptors always hold their beauty compared to other sport quads. Hondas look really retarded with their bubble fender look back then.
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Nice pics and videos I bet u never have to buy front tires lol

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm about to get some time off and start on some more upgrades. Some boxes have been showing up. Today I got one of the main packages in.
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Good choice, had JOGACA make me some fronts and rework the back shock a couple winters ago. I had no idea what I was missing. I've done business with several people since I got my bike. Jogaca is a wealth of info, and a lot of fun to just B.S. with.
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Glad to see you are giving her some new life! Im sure its going to give you plenty of smiles as it will probably feel like a new machine again!
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