P3 Carbon’s skid plate provides loads
of protection to the engine cases.
The headlight housing is actually for
a 2016 Yamaha WR450 and has a Baja
Designs Squadron XL inside.
The IMS oversized gas tank holds 4
gallons of fuel and is equipped with a
quick-dump system for fast refueling.
Pro Circuit’s stainless steel aluminum
exhaust system is built for durability
and is similar to what Team JCR uses.
project was the ability to cover larger distances between
gas pit stops and, when we did stop, making the stop as
fast as possible. IMS Products offers a 4-gallon tank that
bolts right on, requiring no major modifications or an external fuel pump. This oversized IMS tank also has the ability
to use their dry-break system, which is similar to what
NASCAR uses for fueling. This system will fill a 4-gallon
tank completely full in less than 10 seconds.
With the essentials needed out of the way, we just
couldn’t finish off the build without making it look good.
After all, what good is going fast if you can’t look good
doing it? The frame, swingarm and subframe were powdercoated gloss black, and we installed a complete UFO
red plastics kit, black-and-red handguards, along with a
multi-colored gripper seat from Seat Concepts. The Warp
9 wheels added some style factor, while the red billet
hubs and black Elite rims added much-needed additional
strength. We wrapped them with a Dunlop 606 rear tire and
an MX51 front.
Another item that added to the look and provided loads
of protection was the P3 carbon fiber skid plate with full-
case protection on both sides. You might be looking at the
pictures and wondering why the front end looks different
than your 450X—well, you’re not going crazy. For that
different look we used a WR450 front light housing that fea-
tures a Baja Designs XL Squadron light and a newer Honda
450 front fender. An MSR Hard Parts swingarm chain slider,
shark fin and rear chainguide in black also added to our
look but were functional at the same time.
Did we succeed? In one word—kinda. Our Built for
Speed project is way faster than the stock unit and handles
way better! As a matter of fact, the bike is better in every
way than the stock model, hands down. So why are we
saying, “Kinda”? Well, the build was only half of the puz-
zle, because we still had to race it. This year’s BITD Vegas
to Reno event just happened to have a ton of fast teams
entered in it, with a big portion of those riders being factory
Honda rally riders on full-blown hand-built machines cost-
ing $100,000+ and can capably do well over 100 mph.
Our Baja Dad Race Prep machine was outgunned from
the start, but test rider Troy Vanscourt and his riding partner
Jeremy Newton gave it one heck of a try and actually ran
up front for most of the race until a rock put a huge hole in
the cases. After a few long pit stops and a large amount of
JB Weld, the team made it to Reno, finishing in the top five.
You better believe we are already looking forward to next
Warp 9 wheels gave our 450X a cool look and added some strength as well.
SPEED BUILT FOR