Paisa Racing takes us through his red and yellow brainchild: an LTR chassis with a TRX motor. As he puts it, “The Best of Both Worlds.”
Tell me what gave you the idea to create this hybrid.
I had a spare Honda motor and got a good deal on a LTR with a bad motor. My friend Tanis had a LTR450 with a bad motor for sale and I had a spare 2005 TRX motor. It only took me a week to finish the hybrid.
What was the most challenging part of the build?
The rear shock mount was in front of the carb. I had to cut the rear shock mount and relocated it. There are 3 things I had to do. One was to keep the same rear shock travel, two was to clear the exhaust and three was clearing the carb. I was able to keep the rear exhaust in the center. The swingarm pivot bolt is also a problem.
Would you ever take on another project like this one? Do you have plans to create other hybrids for fun?
Yes. The next one should go a lot faster. Next is a mini sand rail with ATV parts and a 700cc Raptor motor.
What is your ideal hybrid mix for a quad?
LTR with Honda guts is the best of both worlds! The LTR has the best geometry, but the motor has 3rd gear problems. Nobody makes better motors than Honda. The 2005 TRX Honda motor is about 30 lbs less than the LTR because it’s a kickstart. No battery, no fuel injection, no sensors, no fuel pump, no air box, no oil tank, no lights… I like to keep it simple. The key to a good quad is good set up and a reliable motor.
What are your plans for this bike now?
If I don’t sell it I will make it my race bike.
If you had unlimited funding, what else would you do to this bike?
2012 CRF motor, Fox shocks, custom made gas tank, and lots of carbon fiber.
Describe your dream quad.
This is it. Anyone with money can buy a quad, but how many can make one?
What would you recommend to someone looking to do a hybrid themselves?
Do your homework. It’s not that easy.