installed P3’s full-coverage skid plate, tank cover and
ignition cover guard. Honda wheelsets are relatively strong
by OEM standards, but we wanted a slightly different look.
Faster USA Cerakoted the stock hubs a tungsten grey
color, replaced the spoke nipples, which are notorious for
breaking, and upgraded the rims to black Notako rims by
Excel. These changes gave our build a completely different
look and increased the overall strength. We wrapped the
wheels with Hi-Point tires. We also bolted on red CV4
silicone radiator hoses, an ARC quick-adjust clutch perch
with folding levers, DP Motorsports triple clamps, a TM
Designworks rear chainguide, a Supersprox aluminum rear
sprocket, Torc1 handlebars, lock-on grips, a rear brake
pedal and IMS Core pegs.
From the beginning, this build was focused on improving
overall performance and creating a cool aesthetic. Engine
performance was drastically increased across the board, all
without requiring race gas. Most test riders prefer the stan-
dard map setting because it increases performance evenly
throughout the curve. The aggressive map gives tons of
hit down low and works great in Supercross-style settings.
Bones worked his magic again in the suspension depart-
ment. The front end stays higher in the stroke without diving
on the face of jumps or under hard braking. The action is
plush on small bumps initially but still has bottoming resis-
tance when hitting obstacles at speed. In the rear, the shock
now settles into corners, giving us improved traction. Gone
is the stock-looking test unit we started with. With bolt-on
performance items, Red Label custom graphics, a Traction
MX custom seat and some Faster USA upgraded wheels,
our CRF450R project looks like a factory race machine
ready for A1. o
Our CRF450R project received a complete electric-start
kit from Honda, a billetproof clutch system from Hinson
Racing and a host of bolt-on items from P3 Carbon, Torc1
and CV4 Products.
The Ti- 6 dual exhaust from Pro Circuit provides weight
savings and performance gains across the board. The
spark arrestor screens are removable and Forestry
Service-approved, just in case a trail ride presents itself.
Pro Circuit installed a high-compression piston and
cleaned the cylinder head up a bit. With the exhaust, the
performance gains are impressive and is still able to run on
pump gas. Major plus.