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...So, here we are again. A "new" quad for me, and another thread about making it better.

So to start, you may already know, but i traded the "Monster" Trailblazer for a 2002 400ex. the 400 needs a little work and doesn't look the best cosmetically but i know from one blast down the street that it is FAST.

To my knowledge, it has a couple mods. from what you can see, it has an FMF Megamax Muffler, K&N filter, no lid, i have to check if it has stage one hotcams, it has razrs all around, i believe it has douglas aluminum wheels, renthal bars, maier racecut plastics, and shockwares.

that is all for the mods, that i know of, SO!

Lets begin with my plans. this thread will be VERY long and get VERY old. i will go through stages. beginning with stage one, cosmetic work. i am staying with the silver and a little red color scheme, since the hubs are already red. stage two, mild performance and lastly [if i want to] stage three, more major mods.

so lets start with listing stage one, my plans

STAGE ONE

Tusk Competition Nerf Bars, Red w/ Black Nets

Red Grips

Red MSR Clutch & Brake Levers

Handlebar Mounted Lighting

Billit Red Gas Cap

Red & Black Seat Cover

Red Outerwears

I think that is good for the red, the rest is already silver and black, just going to get some black engine paint and paint some engine parts also. this project, like my last one will probabally involve some custom painting. i think i will take the slipon off and paint it black and replace the logo. i want to clean up the header really good too, i might buy a newer one later on but i cant afford it now, will high temp paint work on the header? maybe the a-arms.

that is all for stage one, stay tuned as i will update with progress as we go on, to your surprise, i have already ordered some of the things in stage one, i have the grips and nerfs on the way. i have also bought a new battery. and plan on replacing the plug soon.

STAY TUNED FOLKS! IM ALSO OPEN TO OPINIONS AND SUGGESTIONS!

i hope this one will be as fun as the last one.

:biggrin:

..i think this is my longest post ever.

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yes sir, stage two might start earlier than expected, might go for a new CDI for a hotter spark.

but uuuummm...where should i mount the headlights? my dad said it wouldnt be that good of an idea to mount that on the bars, cause when u turn the lights turn.

ill post pics of these nerfs when they get here, and im going to paint the headers like a silver color and the muffler black and put fmf logos on it.

stay tuned, much to come.

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too expensive for my budget, there are handlebar mount lights on ebay for 67. and there are lights i can bolt anywhere at walmart for like 15. i know they wont be the best quality but i wont use the lights much.

EDIT: but i did find lever covers in colors on that site! thats a save of about 22$.! if i just buy those instead of MSR levers, i can add color, and not buy the whole lever! thanks bot! im gonna surf that site a little more.

EDIT 2: i was looking at decals also, what do you think about these? http://westonsigns.com/product.php?productid=2167&cat=257&page=5 thats the same place i got the ones for the tb at. hey if i clear coats over just the decals will it stand out more than the other parts of the plastic?

Edited by trailblazer_02

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great ideas TB :) I dig the decals....they'll add some nice flair to it. If you don't use the headlights much, are you going to keep them on all the time? we have my headlights, but cause of racing and stuff they're sittin in the parts box...wehn i wanna night right or something we hook em up and zip tie them under the front of my plastic to the frame and bumper and whatever else just for the night...just a thought, might save ya some money too...

ebay really is goin to be a great tool for you to save some money...be sure to type in trx400ex along with 400ex....sometimes you can find some extra awesome deals by including the trx as one word....

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well the ones on ebay are like 67 with shipping, and the ones at walmart are like 15, but they arent ment to mount to the handlebars, i would have to make them work somewhere...idk me and my dad will go over the ex tommorow and look for places to mount, and go to our local dealer and buy some spark plugs. hopefully i can get this thing to fire up again.

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you should be able to....a new plug might help...i know i had a hard time at a race starting mine and i had to change the plug....when i did, it fired good.....

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you should be able to....a new plug might help...i know i had a hard time at a race starting mine and i had to change the plug....when i did, it fired good.....

what about now? in the cold, is it hard to start? ive heard its normal for a 400ex to be really cold blooded

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yeah...thats why i have to hold it open just a little bit for the first 2 mins or so....just a tad, not wide open, cause then it doesnt start....sometimes i have to put my choke on, but most of the time i dont.

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are you taking the quad there? or are you looking at buying one? if you can haul it there, they might take it out for you, or let you borrow it there while you're in the parking lot....idk if they'd have one for sale....

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are you taking the quad there? or are you looking at buying one? if you can haul it there, they might take it out for you, or let you borrow it there while you're in the parking lot....idk if they'd have one for sale....

buying one. im sure they will. its a full powersports place, and if they dont, we have plenty of places we can, plus i wanna look around there for other parts.

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ohhh how i kinda miss those large dealerships that i could always go to in Nashville....we got mini shops here in upstate NY :)

well goood luck, let me know how you make out...

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yeah s&s powersports is huge, they sell sportbikes, harleys, utvs, dirtbikes, atvs and watercraft. and they have all brands of all of those. lol its pretty big.

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y dont u just use a ratchet set u dont need to buy something special

a regular 18mm socket wont fit, i have to get a thin walled. and it has to be long.

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what about now? in the cold, is it hard to start? ive heard its normal for a 400ex to be really cold blooded

It's not the EX...it's Honda.

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It's not the EX...it's Honda.

are you saying its normal for ALL models from honda to be hard to start?

lol

it would be really useful if honda made a back up kicker for the 400ex.

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That's exactly what I'm saying. Hondas are notorious for being cold blooded.

are they easier to start..in say spring time? when its warmer? i hope so..

lol it would be hell for it to be hard to start like this all year long. :aargh:

:laugh:

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but uuuummm...where should i mount the headlights? my dad said it wouldnt be that good of an idea to mount that on the bars, cause when u turn the lights turn.

Personally I think handle bar lights are nice, Depending how high they are mounted a roll over can really tear them up.You might be able to mount a 300ex light on it or a cheap pair of driving lights on it.

300ex.jpg

Trail_Lights_1.jpg

The lights above are off the warn website. The way most driving lights are made are able to be quick disconnect. Also Autozone and Wal-mat sale universal mounts to. Just a couple of ideas.

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Personally I think handle bar lights are nice, Depending how high they are mounted a roll over can really tear them up.You might be able to mount a 300ex light on it or a cheap pair of driving lights on it.

300ex.jpg

Trail_Lights_1.jpg

The lights above are off the warn website. The way most driving lights are made are able to be quick disconnect. Also Autozone and Wal-mat sale universal mounts to. Just a couple of ideas.

yeah i was looking at the universal one from walmart..how could i mount those..buying those would also save A LOT of money. they are 15$ compared to the cheapest bar mount is 70$.

edit: here are the bar mounts : http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Light-kit-Honda-250r-300ex-400ex-headlight-lights-trx_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742Q2em153Q2el1262QQcategoryZ43980QQihZ004QQitemZ140249931174

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Do you have anybody around there who could make you brackets? A cople flat pieces of steel would work, drill hole to fit. Also heat with torch and bend to fit.

The light off E-bay look nice. Can you build a bracket simialar to the one in the picture????

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