ZX14 Raptor, it lives but I got some questions for any Busa drivers out there.
I recently made the plunge and did a build. I didn't do it myself as there were too many questions that i failed to have the answers for. I had a miscommunication with my builder and the quad ended up not as I hoped but will do for my purposes. I wanted a duner and I had hoped he would build a new tank and wrap the frame around the engine, thus keeping it low profile yet with clearance. I was late in conveying this to him and he had already lengthened the steering stem 5 inch and raised the rest. Oh well he did his best to accommodate me and it is dam fun. I am still working out the bugs and little issues here and there.
My question to the busa riders is paddles?? I am running the stock front 17 sprocket and a back 60 which gives me the same ratio as what some of the R1 raptors are running with a 15/53 sprocket combo. Mine seems geared low though where a larger tire would really help in both lengthening my gears out and helping float the weight of the big motor, and man is it big in size and weight. It makes the R1 motors look like stock raptor motors in comparison. My question comes as my builder recommended a 25 or 26" paddle and so did Dave at Fullerton Sand Sports, whose opinion I do respect. I am looking at the 26" sand blasters in a 10" rim with the 16 paddle #1's (7/8" also known as the short paddle) with no comp cut. I have run the 26" blasters #1 with comp cut on my 800 renegade and they rock. In the 300 ft they have ran very well in comparison to any of the skat trak combinations that have raced me. The blasters don't have quite as aggressive paddle so they throw back instead of up like many of the skat trak extremes I've seen and been sprayed by.
The R1 riders here have stated they tried the skat trak in the 25 x 11 11 paddle or 14 paddles and they were too much and bogged their machines off the start. It appears many of the R1 riders have had luck with the skat trak extremes in the 21-10 11 paddle. I have looked at the torque curve differences between the R1 and the zx14 and the zx has alot more torque, around 60 for the R1 at 6 grand and around 90 for the zx at 6 grand. My builder felt I could launch in 2nd gear with the 25 or 26" paddles and after doing some 2nd gear launches on dirt I believe him. I plan on doing some 300 ft drags but no wheely bars, nothing formal just having fun with others in the dunes. If anyone out there with a busa motor, non-turbo can chime in it will help with my decision.
Hi to everyone, I just signed on as a lifetime member, so I guess you guys and gals will be stuck with me for a while. And before the onslaught of "show me some pics" come I will post them just as soon I get them downloaded to my computer and figure out how to get them from there to this site.