Suzuki King Quad 700 Project Review
Put Some BLING in your KING
March 26, 2006
by: Lance Schwartz
Tommy Farr and our project KingQuad yellow.The “Scene”ario
Elvis was “The King”, Howard Stern is “The King of all Media”, Mufasa was “The Lion King” and our Joe Tolle and test rider Tommy Farr like Burger King! What about the Suzuki King Quad? Is it worthy of being titled “The King”? Better yet, can the proverbial “King”, be made more royal with the help of the aftermarket companies? Let’s find out!
It’s been a little over a year since we first threw a leg over the 2005 Suzuki King Quad. Most people in the market for a sport/utility are going to spend the majority of their time doing leisurely trail rides, and maybe some light utility work.
Here at ATV Scene, we do things differently. While most people are making race machines out of 450Rs, YFZs, and maybe even Kawasaki Prairies, we went an untraditional direction and cranked out two similarly equipped race ready 2005 Suzuki King Quad 700EFIs - one yellow one red.
The Dobeck TFI unit in combination with an aftermarket filter and exhaust will help turn your King Quad into a monster.More Power
Under the generous plastic bodywork, we find a single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled 695cc monster with a bore and stroke of 102mm x 85mm.
The four-valve, four-stroke power plant is very impressive, but throttle junkies who add better tires will immediately notice that the performance suffers.
So, where do we start to add power? How about a Yoshimura exhaust, Twin Air filter, and a Dobeck Performance TFI unit! Making more power in an engine is done by flowing air into and out of the quad as efficiently as possible.
Twin Air filters do a phenomenal job of inhaling while the Yoshimura belches melodious exhaust tunes. But, the Yoshi is LOUD, so make sure you make nice with your neighbors before firing it up!
Wake your King from stock Yosh! It's one of the coolest and most efficient replacement exhaust systems available for the King Quad.Gone are the days of playing with jets and tuning your carb. The Suzuki fuel injection system handles all of this with no input at all from the rider. What this equates to is spending more time riding than wrenching. The word on the street is that there are a few manufacturers developing modules that will unleash the beast beneath the plastic.
There has even been talk that Suzuki purposely de-tuned to this quad to keep the general population from hurting themselves. We appreciate their concern, but we would like the ability to go from mild to wild. The modules in development should do just that.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the companies continue developing this performance module necessary to really wake up the King!
With the addition of OMF wheels and tires, the Suzuki King Quad carves corners like nobody's business.Wheels and Tires Please
Any hard core rider or racer ditches the stock wheels and tires in favor of aftermarket replacements. We liked the stock wheels and tires, but they would get destroyed with the type of riding this machine was subjected to. Since nothing but the best will do for a king, we opted to bolt on a set of OMF Beadlock wheels and 25” Maxxis Bighorn Radials on one machine, and a set of Douglas Rokstars wearing Bighorns on the other. OMF makes a wheel that is second to none, but they are very expensive. However, considering that they could likely be the last set you ever need to buy, maybe they're not expensive. The old saying of you get what you pay for applies to the OMF rims. The wheel starts as a Douglas .190 25” utility wheel. OMF then welds a set of their beadlocks on the outside and reinforcing rings on the inside. Additionally, the wheels are finished off with OMF’s Outlaw machining process. They drill holes into the Douglas’ solid wheels, delivering striking looks while also cutting a bit of weight. The Douglas Rokstar is also a great wheel that can be had at an affordable price. We have about 1,800 race miles on our two sets with no issues.
When it comes to building tough tires, Maxxis is right at home. The Bighorn Radial is phenomenal. You'll own the mud and rocks with its 6 ply radial carcass. We also have about 1,800 race miles on our two sets without any failure. One downside to this setup is the added weight. The Bighorns are HEAVY! But, we tend to overlook the weight because of their grip and strength.