Building a machine that could work as hard as it plays would require some effort, as there are literally dozens of utility ATVs on the market. Each manufacturer offered something I thought could work, but one machine seemed to stand out while I was researching prospects: Suzuki's KingQuad 750AXi with Power Steering. The area where the unit would spend most of its time while in work mode could best be described as steep and sketchy, while most play would take place in the tight trails that traverse the mountains. The KingQuad's power steering would allow it to shine in both areas, and make the task of mowing (not to mention turning) while traversing the terrain much easier. The advanced engine-braking system (which reduces freewheeling and downhill speed) would be an asset while the machine was loaded with heavy equipment, and further separated the KingQuad from its competitors. The KingQuad's fuel injection would eliminate the woes of having to rejet the machine for the drastic elevation changes, and the powerful 722cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine would provide ample power. The independent front and rear suspension with the five-way preload-adjustable rear shock would mean a plush ride whether literally plowing the land or figuratively plowing through mudholes or flying down trails, and the 10 inches of ground clearance would be plenty for the tasks at hand. The KingQuad also offered a bevy of features that I felt made it the best option which included great ergonomics; front and rear disc brakes; an automatic transmission (with high/low range and reverse); dual 30-watt multi-reflector halogen headlights and a handlebar-mounted auxiliary light; a large (yet low mounted) 4.6-gallon fuel tank which is wisely positioned for a low center of gravity; roomy rack space; a convenient handlebar-mounted push-button 4WD control; and great looks. With the KingQuad 750 secured, it was time to start building upon our solid foundation.
In stock trim the Suzuki is a blast to ride and didn't really need much in the way of performance modifications, yet that didn't keep a Yoshimura RS-2 stainless slip-on exhaust from finding a home here. The Yosh exhaust looks cool, increases performance and gives the workhorse a nice sound without making it obnoxious. Yoshimura also offers a Fuel Injection Controller (PIMM) unit for the KingQuad, but I opted to keep it simple. As crazy as this may read, the RS-2 system was all that was installed for performance (kind of unheard of, right?).
Mile Marker's PE 2.5 electric...
Mile Marker's PE 2.5 electric winch
Changing tires and wheels was almost purely cosmetic, with almost being the key word. Sure, the stock wheels and tires on the KingQuad work fine, but the 25-inch Goldspeed MXU tires mounted on DWT's Diablo wheels add some much needed bling. The MXU tire is Goldspeed's new six-ply utility tire, and the aggressive tread pattern includes high grip knobs and a PPM sidewall. They're geared a bit more toward play than work but looked too cool to pass up for this build. The Diablo wheel looks cool enough that I wish they came in truck sizes; they're just plain mean looking, and the black powdercoat would ensure this KingQuad will never be confused with that of any other dopey farmer (yes, I realize I'm still a city boy at heart). The Diablo is lightweight, yet rated at 1,000 pounds per wheel, which would add strength in addition to just looks.
PowerMadd's Power X hand guards rounded out the "non-work" parts. Despite being designed specifically for MX, the guards' small, lightweight design makes them a must on just about anything I ride. The FlexMount system is a piece of cake to install and allows the hand guards to move as opposed to shatter when hit.
As has become the custom, a clean set of G-4 Graphics were designed and installed on the KingQuad, making it among the best-looking pieces of farm equipment we've seen.
All Rite ATV Products' Rack...
All Rite ATV Products' Rack Rider tool holders and Bucket Binder
Custom aluminum mounting plate...
Custom aluminum mounting plate for QuadBoss' Mowing Deck Control
QuadBoss' 15-gallon spot ...
QuadBoss' 15-gallon spot sprayer