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Builder Bio



Patrick Saunders, (age 52), is the consummate outdoor sportsman, enthusiast and promoter of ATV Products. He has an extensive mechanical background in product after market design and performance innovation.  His past experience in heavy equipment, teaching skilled trades welding and as an added bonus, being a Master Scuba Diver Trainer has instilled in him the desire to reach for more out of the ATV field.

Patrick Saunders brings a broad scope of enthusiasm and experience of riding & exploring the back trails, rivers and streams across this country. Real world outdoor challenges are his ideas of what the ATV/UTV community is all about. Applying himself to building the ultimate off road vehicle platform has driven him to mastermind this 08 Yamaha Raptor 700R Build Project.


"Reason For This Project Build"

Thank
You to Fox Racing Shox for getting this project started.
Web Site:
http://www.foxracingshox.com

I wanted to build a project ATV bike, using a standard factory installed engine, but with improved off road ride and handling characteristics. I decided that I would try to put together a number of ATV Aftermarket Manufacturers, and see if working side by side we could make it happen.

It was important for me to start with a set of shocks that could attain the type of standards I was looking for.  In addition, I needed to have axle strength capable of withstanding the stress and pounding I was sure the bike would take.

It was also necessary that I install superior performance wheels and tires that could handle a variety of different types of bike trails.  Performance on sand dunes, rugged dirt and rock trails and on the dyno required three to four sets of different types of tires to meet the different riding applications.

I looked for brakes that had superior stopping power and that could accommodate the challenges that would be part of the riding experience.  Vehicle protection was addressed by providing armor type shielding aluminum as well as adding an aesthetic look that would be pleasing to the eye.   Next came electronic parts in the form of modules, computers, etc.  A top quality battery was used to provide instant starting power and lasting performance.  Filters and other air quality products were paid special attention because of the need to provide the highest quality of clean air intake and exhaust.

Lubrication and cooling systems were redesigned especially for this unit.  Synthetic racing oil was used for lubrication, while the cooling system used special fans and radiator.   Temperature gauges contained in an aluminum housing were used to provide accurate and timely information to the driver.

Seating was designed to provide the driver with more comfort for higher lateral support and high acceleration.  A special handle bar and set of grips were added to provide the rider with a safer and manageable steering function.  A sturdy, rugged winch was added for safety and those times that the rider may have gone beyond the bikes performance capabilities.

Internal clutching was modified to handle the extra power from the other modifications that were added to the unit.

Trailer selection was based on futuristic designed trailer that was light weight and that could be hauled by any vehicle.

Prime consideration was given to upgrading the bike in everyway possible for performance while at the same time I wanted the unit to be safe and stable while the driver was pushing the Raptor to its higher performance capabilities.

Listed below are all the companies that came together to make this project happen.

Bio & media composition by:
James Pecora
Globe Publishing Group, LLC
Globe Marketing Group, LLC
Author, best selling novel: Dead End
E-mail: james@globepublishing.net

 



08 Yamaha Raptor 700R Project Build


( Before picture! )



(Almost Done)

Specs in PDF:

Specs:

MSRP* $7,399 (Team Yamaha Blue/White)
$7,399 (Gray/Red) Our Project ATV
Engine
Type 686cc liquid-cooled w/fan, 4-stroke; SOHC, 4 valves
Bore x Stroke 102.0mm x 84.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Carburetion Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI) , 44mm
Ignition 16-Bit ECU
Starting System Electric
Transmission 5-speed w/reverse; wet multiplate clutch
Drive Train 2WD; sealed O-ring chain, eccentric adjustment
Chassis
Suspension/Front Independent double wishbone w/piggy back High-/Lo-speed compression, rebound and threaded preload adjustment, 9.1-in travel
Suspension/Rear Cast aluminum swing arm w/rebound, High-/Lo-speed compression and threaded preload adjustment, 10.1-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual ventilated hydraulic disc, twin piston
Brakes/Rear Ventilated hydraulic disc, self adjusting park brake function
Tires/Front AT21 x 7-10 radial
Tires/Rear AT20 x 10-9 radial
Dimensions
L x W x H 72.6 x 46.1 x 44.5 in
Seat Height 32.0 in
Wheelbase 50.4 in
Ground Clearance 4.4 in
Fuel Capacity 2.9 gal
Dry Weight 396 lb
Other
Lighting Dual 30W Krypton multi-reflector headlights & 3.9/0.5W LED brakelight
Warranty 6 Month (Limited Factory Warranty)

 

Featured Sponsoring Manufacturers Involved in the Raptor Project Build
with included
Product Installations & Reviews

 

Project brought to you courtesy of Yamaha Motor Company, Zambon's of Escanaba Michigan, ATVPT.com of Escanaba Michigan, and all the Manufactures listed below.

Yamaha Contact Info:

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
6555 Katella Avenue
Cypress, California 90630-5101


Web Site:
@
http://www.yamaha-motor.com



ATVPT Contact Info:
Patrick Saunders / Pres./Senior Editor
All Terrain Vehicle Product Tests
2001 13th Ave. South,
Escanaba, MI 49829
USA
Tel 906-241-3400
E-mail: jps@atvpt.com
Web site: http://www.atvpt.com
Forum: http://www.atvptforum.com

 

Participating Sponsoring Companies Web Sites:

 Club Plug 
www.clubplug.net

CRJ Performance
www.crjperformance.com 

DG Performance 

 DP Brakes
www.dp-brakes.com

Dunlop
www.dunlopatv.com

Durablue
www.durablue.com 

 Duro
www.durotire.com

 Dynatek
www.dynaonline.com

 Fluidyne Powersports
www.fluidynepowersports.com

 Fox Racing Shox
www.foxracingshox.com

 High Roller Products
www.highrollerproducts.com

Hinson Clutch Components

www.hinsonracing.com

 HiPer Technology 

www.hiper-technology.com

 HMF 
www.hmfengineering.com

Kenda 

www.kendausa.com 

 Kimpex
www.kimpex.com

K&N Filters
www.knfilters.com 

LET'S GO AERO
www.letsgoaero.com 

 Maier USA
www.maier-mfg.com

 Maxxis International
www.maxxis.com

 ModQuad
www.modquad.com

 Motorex
www.motorexusa.com

 Muzzys

www.muzzys.com

 ODI Grips
www.odigrips.com

PowerMadd
www.powermadd.com 

Pro-Tec Performance

www.pro-tecperformance.com 

Pro-Wheel Racing Components

www.prowheelracing.com 

 Quad Tech-ATV Products
www.quadtech-atv.com

Quad Works

www.quadworks.com 

Renthal
www.renthal.com 

 SPAL
www.spalusa.com

 Trail Tech Inc.
www.trailtech.net

 Universal Parts Inc.
www.universalpartsinc.com

 Warn Winch
www.warn.com

 Yamaha

www.yamaha-motor.com

YUASA
www.yuasabatteries.com 

First Test Ride: