Suzuki King Quad 700 Project Review
Put Some BLING in your KING
March 26, 2006
We think you'll agree, the Pro Armor aluminum looks killer. Speaking of killer, also seen here are the twin Elka shocks.Don’t get Shocked by Approaching Rocks
Suzuki supplied our King Quad with plastic bash protection. To be honest, under most circumstances, this protection is more than adequate. But, we’re pretty hardcore and plastic skid plates just don’t cut it when it comes to beating our King Quad into submission. So, we chose a set of Pro Armor skid plates and bumpers for ultimate protection. They did a handy job of protecting the machine from the rocks at The Wisp GNCC and the 6 Hours of ATV America. The King’s innards came through unscathed, thanks to Pro Armor. The aluminum on these seven skid plates surely adds weight. But, think of the few pounds of added weight as an insurance policy to protect some very expensive parts.
More Cushion for Hard Pushin’
The Suzuki King Quad has really good suspension from the factory. The rears especially give a very comfy ride. When pushed though, the front shocks reach their limit very quickly. Bottoming out a 600lb. quad repeatedly isn’t the most pleasant experience, so we looked for a solution. All it took was a call to the gents at Elka Suspension to get us on track. We opted for a set of Elka’s Sports and Racing Series shocks. These units are both compression and rebound adjustable and feature remote reservoirs to keep things cooled down. The Elka’s gave us an additional 1.1” (total 7.4”) of travel up front and an additional 2.1” (10” total) in the rear. It also lowered the King Quad one inch from the factory units. This was the best single addition to this machine. Gone is the bottoming front end and the tendency to roll in the corners. These shocks made the King Quad feel like a totally different machine.
Breaking Axles is a Hastle
We admittedly push our test quads to their limits and beyond. The King Quad project was no different. While doing so, we broke a total of three stock axles. Oddly, it was always the right rear and in the exact same spot on the axle shaft. Each break happened when landing from a jump. And finally, each and every axle failure became more frustrating than the previous. It didn’t seem logical why they would do this. We knew of other hard core guys having the same problem, so with a little research, we found Daniel Turner of Turner Cycles in Humble, TX. Turner builds custom drive lines for hard core 4x4 customers, including Four Stroke Tech’s new “Mudzilla”. After a number of conversations, Daniel agreed to create a custom set of rear axles for our axle-eater. The Turner axles took much more abuse than the stockers would allow. but, after a really hard landing, we were able to also break our new Turner axle. Coincidentally, it broke in the exact same spot as all the stockers did, which leads us to the assumption that there could be a geometry problem with the rear suspension. The axle seems to get a lot of side load in a spot where there shouldn’t be any. Since the Turner axle comes with a full warranty, breaking an axle isn't as hard to accept now. We were shipped a replacement right away and back in business.
One of the most cost effective additions to the King Quad is a steering stabilizer. It's a must-have as far as we're concerned. The Denton Suzuki Z 400 unit fits nicely.Giving Your Steering the Fix
Every King Quad magazine article we've come across has commented about the “turn-in” issue that the King Quad has. During extreme riding the King would turn full-lock on us, without warning. We were'nt going to settle for any problems with this project, especially with something as vital as steering. It took a while to figure out the problem, but in the end we fixed it and gave the King the type of steering it deserves.
First we tried out a very simple and easy fix. By simply adding a steering stabilizer, like the Denton unit made for a Suzuki Z400, we took away a lot of the "turn-in" effect. The stabilizer does a great job of slowing down the response and keeping the machine from turning full-lock, without warning. That solution alone makes a huge improvement by masking the effects of the problem, and we highly suggest you at least complete this mod for your King.
As we mentioned we weren't going to settle for any half fixed problems. For those of you looking to completely fix the problem the correct way here's how to do it. After a few measurements and calculation from some of the industries ATV Einsteins, an all-new ATV aftermarket product was born. It's purpose - the ultimate King Quad steering fix. The reason the King steers like it does is because of a geometry problem in the front end. Tommy Farr and his fabricating cohorts at World Class Racing Products have come up with new lower A-arms with the correct geometry. You simply unbolt the stocker and bolt the new unit on, and the steering works the way it should have been designed from the factory. While researching we've heard of another way to fix the problem as well. We've read that some riders are machining a small amount of materiel from the upper A-arm and adding a spacer. We did not test this fix, but we can assume in this the same type of fix can be attained. Unless you are very confident in your fabricating skills however, we would opt for the A-arm replacements from World Class Racing Products.
With help from Tommy Farr, World Class Racing Products have come up with a set of replacement A-arms to correct the steering geometry issue on Suzuki’s King Quad.
With its fuel injection and high mounted air intake, the King Quad eats king-sized portions of mud for dessert!