This helped to maintain the quality
quiet factor of the stock machine.
Second, we fit on a 4.1 rear muffler.
Yes, the decibel level picked up, but
so did the power. We felt a strong
gain from upper bottom all the way to
peak, besides getting a nice weight
To keep things running smooth
and cool, we fit up a Trail Tech cooling fan system. This unit is wickedly
well-made and fits perfectly on the
inside of the right radiator. It is thermostatically controlled (kicks on at
190 degrees), and when we were in
the tight, ugly stuff, it kicked on and
stayed on for substantial periods of
time. The install was straightforward,
though you do have to remove the
radiator. Then you fit on the new frame
and fan and run the wiring harness
back to the battery. Quick and dirty.
To mix things up a bit, we decided
to bolt on new plastic (since the stock
stuff was roached) and fit a whole
Acerbis black plastic kit onto the
machine. With the exception of the airbox (stock is white), all of the pieces fit
up perfectly. With the airbox, just getting the stocker off was a nightmare.
The wiring harnesses, battery, battery
box, etc. have to be removed, and fig-
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uring out the order of removal was trial
and error. Having some instructions
would have helped. Realizing that we
had to drill out and re-rivet the side
panels’ female receptors felt like a
National Treasure adventure. Still, we
did it and it looks great. N-Style set us
up with a graphics kit, which really set
off the look of the machine.
On top, we fit on some new Fasst
Flexx bars (their Enduro 14-degree
bend) that feature more real estate
on each bar end for switches and
handguards. We dropped the red/red
elastomers (stock density) for yellow/
red (one softer on the compression).
Evan pops through a keyhole
Mother Nature carved during
Trail Tech’s thermostat-activated cooling
fan is a must on the 350!
The Cylinder Works kit complete: piston, rings, gaskets and the 2mm-larger
Moose Racing provided their front rotor,
and it offered a generous contact patch.