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Quad Runner 250 4x4 Resurrection (LT-4WD)


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Background on this Quad.

Over the past year or so I have been teaching my 7 year old Niece to ride. She loves it, I even went as far as buying her a 2012 Arctic Cat 90cc and getting it up and running. We have a bond, her dad (my cousin) is a deadbeat junkie who abandoned her mother as soon as he found out she was pregnant, so my family has all been helping her over the years. I didn't have a dad or a father figure growing up. That hurts and I didn't want her to feel that way, so I have been taking her fishing, to ball games, aquarium etc etc and now it has progressed into riding four wheelers. So after stopping by the family farm and observing and seeing what I was doing and watch us ride one of our old retired farm hands approached me with something interesting. It seems a few years ago he was making his rounds around his old family farm and came across an abandoned four wheeler in the creek bed on his property. He called the Sheriff, they came and got it and took it. A few weeks later they bring it back to him. They ran the serial numbers, it has/had never been reported stolen. Since it was never reported stolen and it was on his property, as far as they were concerned it was his. He put it in his barn and its been there for 4/5 years now. It was mine if I wanted it. Naturally I jumped at it and picked it up..

Turns out it was a 1997 Suzuki Quad Runner 250 4x4. A bike exactly like the one I had as a teenager. I have decided I want to rebuild and restore it as much as possible to what it was rolling off the factory floor. Maybe I am a little bias but  I think these were some of the best quads ever built. The four wheel drive transmission has always been cool as hell to me. Anyway this is going to be my rebuild thread on the bike.

These photos are from the day I brought it home. The front half of the plastic is in great shape. The back, has been destroyed, I am looking for a replacement. Since the day I have brought it home I have ordered a replacement stock airbox system, a cover for the battery box and a rebuild kit for the carb.




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So I have got her to fire up but she billows out smoke. I am not sure if it is just the old gas or if it is the top end. I am hoping its just bad gas and a junked up carb. I noticed that most of the cables that are supposed to be attached to the carb were disconnected so perhaps that could have something to do with it. I took the carb off and got her cleaned down and put back together with a rebuild kit I ordered a week ago. It cleaned up nice. I am going to wait to put it back on when I get the new choke cable in. Someone had taken it off in its past and never reinstalled it. I am also going to go ahead and just completely remove the plastics. The back half is trashed and the front I will probably just end up selling and ordering all new plastics from Maier unless I find a decent rear half. Anyway removing the plastics will give me more access to the rest of the bike and I am going to be cleaning out the fuel tank and replacing the petcock assembly and vacuum pump next weekend.






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