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    me and my brother have been thnkin about buildin a yamaha banshee ta ride around the dunes . we were going to buy like a raptor cause im not shure but think the frames are the same just dif. motor and plastic . i was later thinkin about rather than buyin a banshee for at least $1,500 buy a chassis for a banshee or raptor and puttin a motorcycle motor in it (yeh i know overkill). i saw one on ebay when i was lookin for used banshees to modify. i was thinkin to use the 87' model frame because they seem popular and are slightly cheeper. if we bought one wether we did it from the frame up or modified we were gonna put modified a arms on it and change around shock mounts to make it batter ta race in the dunes and softer ride quality and put a streched out rear suspension arm. im wantin ta have good handilin so would be good for dunes but also be good for ridin around in fields to. we might build a frame from round tubing but not likely. we might also use a yamaha blaster. does anyone have pics or ideas on an atv made for this? thanks
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    you can put anything you want in them the banchee is just a yamaha 350 RD in the quad frame. nothing special about it. the only ones that have anything diferent is the ones with shaft drive or 4WD. you could always buy one frame and use it to build another one so you and your brother both get a toy, insted of haveing to share.
    bee shore to post up the pic's as they/it progresses.
    thanks for the help
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    hope i helped

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    Few things to consider, more than the scope of this text...

    Have a banshee, great little vehicle.

    Mine is stock, for running in the north woods on the trails, so I did not feel the need to change the dynamics of it.

    It has perfect balance, trail riding or running the mogos in the sand on the pipeline. with a little bit of body english and throttle controll, it does what I want it to do. (keeps me out of the tree's)

    My point, if you start changing the balance of the bike, more weight forward / back, more power, you will need to consider the vehicles handling, balance, braking, frame strenght, etc.

    I would expect in the sand dunes you can get some speed as well as air. The balance would be important for both.

    The blaster is a lower hp less expensive machine. The raptor, I thought was a complete redesign with a 4 stroke, very light weight. Have not road one.

    You might want to start with some of the atv sites and see what other folks have done.

    Doable, just take the time to do the math and engineering. I expect you will learn volumes from a project like that.

    (the 350 in the banshee has way more potential than stock. A worked motor will perform extreemy well, and very light weight.)

    Good luck.
    Tom

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    yeh that would be cool but meens more green$ . might try it though. weve both already got 4wheelers just wanted somethin more....custom . what i would like to do is get one then put everything on it that we would customize like suspension and stuff then build another with a dif. motor. not shure how hard it would be to piece all the stuff together that we wouldnt change brakes,seat,handlebars ect if we were to build from ground up. couple of our uncles have some motorcycle engines that i think are about 80's model 250-about 500cc some yamaha some suzuki as far as i know are in rebuildable if not ok shape because they were stored inside. wonderin if could use the stock radiator on like a 500cc motor? reason bein because of front setup where its put for maximum air flow and would like to keep it there cause dont wanta have ta cram it in somewhere else. here some pics of what would like it ta turn out to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trstek View Post
    Few things to consider, more than the scope of this text...

    Have a banshee, great little vehicle.

    Mine is stock, for running in the north woods on the trails, so I did not feel the need to change the dynamics of it.

    It has perfect balance, trail riding or running the mogos in the sand on the pipeline. with a little bit of body english and throttle controll, it does what I want it to do. (keeps me out of the tree's)

    My point, if you start changing the balance of the bike, more weight forward / back, more power, you will need to consider the vehicles handling, balance, braking, frame strenght, etc.

    I would expect in the sand dunes you can get some speed as well as air. The balance would be important for both.

    The blaster is a lower hp less expensive machine. The raptor, I thought was a complete redesign with a 4 stroke, very light weight. Have not road one.

    You might want to start with some of the atv sites and see what other folks have done.

    Doable, just take the time to do the math and engineering. I expect you will learn volumes from a project like that.

    (the 350 in the banshee has way more potential than stock. A worked motor will perform extreemy well, and very light weight.)

    Good luck.
    Tom
    yeh i know there be alot a math when changin engines and swing arms and stuff wich is somethin not to take lightly. i would like ta work with a stock engine but makes to be a junkload of money in custom parts. weve owned a blaster before but got stolen . i like em ok just would like some more power. do banshees have reverse? i know the blasters dont at least the one we had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weld_13 View Post
    yeh i know there be alot a math when changin engines and swing arms and stuff wich is somethin not to take lightly. i would like ta work with a stock engine but makes to be a junkload of money in custom parts. weve owned a blaster before but got stolen . i like em ok just would like some more power. do banshees have reverse? i know the blasters dont at least the one we had.
    Yes, you get off, walk to the front and push

    Have a big bear 350 , use that for all the utility stuff. Like it also.

    The stock banshee is a lot more machine than the blaster. Not quite full scale aim it, but can get real close on a tight trail. The blaster is a nice machine, looked at it also, but the banshee was in reach for me so I did it...

    I like the idea of your project, see if you can find a few at the bone yard, parts something together. If you are doing it to learn as well as have fun, would be a good way to learn.

    If you do not have the math and fab skills, just make sure you get someone involved who understands the math, and fabrication.

    If I was looking today, I would get a 4 stroke. It is a pain trail riding with the pre mix, much easier to pull up to the pump and put gas in and drive away. Mixing the oil in while pumping is a pain. Doable, but a pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weld_13 View Post
    yeh that would be cool but meens more green$ . might try it though. weve both already got 4wheelers just wanted somethin more....custom . what i would like to do is get one then put everything on it that we would customize like suspension and stuff then build another with a dif. motor. not shure how hard it would be to piece all the stuff together that we wouldnt change brakes,seat,handlebars ect if we were to build from ground up. couple of our uncles have some motorcycle engines that i think are about 80's model 250-about 500cc some yamaha some suzuki as far as i know are in rebuildable if not ok shape because they were stored inside. wonderin if could use the stock radiator on like a 500cc motor? reason bein because of front setup where its put for maximum air flow and would like to keep it there cause dont wanta have ta cram it in somewhere else. here some pics of what would like it ta turn out to be.
    Those pics are "pro" level rider?

    Little more than a blaster...

    Looks like fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trstek View Post
    Those pics are "pro" level rider?

    Little more than a blaster...

    Looks like fun.
    yeh it is a little more than a stock banshee. its got a 750cc yamaha engine in it . saw this one on ebay with a startin price of $2,000. i like the idea of findin somethin out of the junkyard and makin it into somethen worth bein proud of but wont find to many banshees in a scrapyard. i would like ta find somethin a lot cheaper ta start with but a lot of stuff has to short of a wheelbase for me and dont want to piece a frame together with extesnions because of strength .
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    Quote Originally Posted by weld_13 View Post
    yeh it is a little more than a stock banshee. its got a 750cc yamaha engine in it . saw this one on ebay with a startin price of $2,000. i like the idea of findin somethin out of the junkyard and makin it into somethen worth bein proud of but wont find to many banshees in a scrapyard. i would like ta find somethin a lot cheaper ta start with but a lot of stuff has to short of a wheelbase for me and dont want to piece a frame together with extesnions because of strength .
    If it was I undertaking such a project, putting that kind of hp between the axles, I would probably use the frame as a template, pick up some chrome molly tube, and have at it. Then you would have the best of both works, light, strong, and know it was done right for the hp you are putting to the ground.

    Correct me, the sand runners have the rear axle extended back for stability and the higher speeds?

    (nothing cool is cheep)

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    ive never had the pleaser a tryin it out but as far as i know its stretched out for gettin more of ur power to the ground on take off instead of popin wheelys and stability. and yeh sadly nothin cool is cheap just gives u experience when u make it urself for not as much.
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