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Kawasaki KFX450R

Buyer's Guide to Suspension & Chassis Products

DuneGuide.com's Kawasaki KFX450R
DuneGuide.com's Kawasaki KFX450R

DuneGuide.com is in the process of building a KFX450R up for dune use (more details). Our KFX 450R will appear in Product Reviews, Magazine articles and be part of many events at dunes throughout the United States. Stay tuned as we research and select the products that will be used.

KFX450R front chassis design is a single box-tube lower frame   KFX450R A-Arms and Shocks

The KFX450R front chassis design is a single box-tube lower frame that contains the front A-arm attachment points. This design is very similar to the popular 250R Roll Design narrow front end.   Although the stock width is only 46", the narrow frame enables the use of longer lower A-arms. This is a great starting point for aftermarket arms and shocks.


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What is included in a "Long" Travel Kit?

Before you go running off to buy one of these long travel kits, it is best to understand what is included so that you can make side by side comparisons. 

A-Arms or Control Arms - Most arms are made from chromoly and come powder coated. Some choices in color are available.

Some manufacturers have different types of arms for recreational use, MX racing, desert racing and also long travel racing. Recreational arms typically don't have as much gusseting and most do not have caster adjustment and are therefore cheaper. Match your riding style, terrain and budget with the type of arms that make most sense for you.

A-Arm Hardware - Inner and outer a-arm hardware is sometimes reused and sometimes replaced. Reusing parts saves money, but usually isn't as strong.

There are pluses and minuses to each type of setup and quality can vary, so ask questions.

Tie Rods - Most kits come with new tie rods.

Shocks - Some kits use stock length shocks and others use longer shocks. Longer shocks will give you more travel and a better ride, but also cost more. Stock shocks can often be revalved and resprung for your specific weight and riding style & terrain.

Spindles - Some top of the line kits come with new spindles that increase strength and add clearance for more travel. These are mostly for guys that are sponsored racers.


Spotlight on KFX450R Chassis & Suspension Products

Here are the Chassis & Suspension Products that we have chosen to use on the DuneGuide.com KFX450R Project:

Long Travel KFX450R
Our KFX450R sporting new a-arms from Laegers, shocks from Fox and axle from DuraBlue

If you manufacture or sell suspension parts for KFX450R's, and are interested in having your product be part of the KFX450R Buildup, please send us an email.

If you manufacture chassis and/or suspension parts for KFX450R's and are not on this list, please send us an email, and we will get you added.  A link back to www.DuneGuide.com is always appreciated.

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Look for Kawasaki KFX450R articles written by DuneGuide.com in Sand Addiction Magazine


Manufacturers of Bolt-On KFX450R Chassis & Suspension Products

  • AC Racing

Chassis Components:

  • Grab Bar

  • Bumper

  • Nerf Bars

  • Pro Pegs

Website: www.acracing.com

  • American Star

A-Arms:

Website: www.amstarmanufacturing.com

  • Denton Racing

A-Arms:

Chassis Components:

Website: www.dentonracing.com

  • Dura Blue

Chassis Components:

  • Axles

  • Axle Housing

  • Anti-Roll Bars

  • Hubs

  • Skid Plates

Website: www.durablue.com

  

  • DWT

Components:

  • Beadlock Wheels

Website: www.douglaswheel.com

  • Fireball Racing

A-Arms:

  • Long Shock

  • Stock Shock

Chassis Components:

  • Steering Stem

  • Swing Arm

Website: www.fireball-racing.com

  • Herrmann Racing

A-Arms:

Website: www.herrmannracing.com

  • Holz Racing Products

A-Arms:

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Website: www.holzracingproducts.com

  • Houser Racing

A-Arms:

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Website: www.houser-racing.com

  • Hydrodynamics USA

A-Arms:

Website: www.hydrodynamicsusa.com

  • JB Racing

A-Arms:

Website: www.jbatvracing.com

  • JD Performance

A-Arms:

  • Standard Shock

  • Long Shock

Chassis Components:

  • Steering Stem

Website: www.jdperformanceatv.com


  • Laeger's

A-Arms:

  • Pro Trax: Extended shock, new spindles

  • Long Shock:  Extended shock, Laeger ball joint

  • Stock Shock: Stock length shock, Laeger ball joint

  • Recreational: Stock length shock

Chassis Components:

  • Steering Stem

  • Axles

  • Swing Arm

Website: www.laegerracing.com

Laegers - Long Shock A-Arm   Laegers - Long Shock A-Arm   KFX450R - Long Shock Arms from Laegers  KFX450R suspension - Fox Shox, Laeger's Racing, Durablue   KFX450R suspension - Fox Shox, Laeger's Racing, Durablue

  • LoneStar Racing

A-Arms: 

  • Long Travel: +2" +1", extended shock, camber & caster adjustment

  • Race: +2" +1", stock length shock, camber & caster adjustment

  • Sport: +2" +1",  stock length shock, camber adjustment

Chassis Components:

  • Swing Arm

  • Steering Stem

  • Axles

  • Front Wheel Hubs

  • Rear Wheel Hubs

Website: www.lsracing.com

  • Precision Racing Products

Chassis Components: 

  • Steering Stabilizer

Website: www.precision-rp.com

  • PRM ATV

Chassis Components: 

  • Skid Plates

  • Bumpers

  • Grab Bars

  • Side Bars

Website: www.prm-atv.com

  • Pro Armor

    Chassis Components:

  • Bumpers

  • Grab Bars

  • Nerf Bars

  • Foot Pegs

  • Skid Plates

  • Billet Brake Lever & Shifter

  • Hand Guards

Website: www.proarmor.com

  • Rated X Motorsports

A-Arms:

Website: www.ratedxmotorsports.com

  • Rath Racing

Chassis Components: 

  • Nerf Bars

  • Bumper

  • Grab Bar

Website: www.rathracing.com

  • Roll Design/IMS

A-Arms:

  • Long Travel: +2", extended shock

Chassis Components:

  • Foot Pegs

  • Heel Guards

  • Steering Stem

  • Swing Arm

Website: www.RollDesign.com

  • RPM

Chassis Components: 

  • Axles

  • Hubs

  • Bearing Carriers

Website: www.team-rpm.com

  • Scotts Performance

Chassis Components: Steering Stabilizer

Website: www.scottsonline.com

  • SMC Fabrication

A-Arms:

  • Long Travel: 18.5" extended shock

Website: www.smcfabrication.com

  • Streamline Performance Braking

Chassis Components:

  • Brake Lines

  • Brake Line Clamps

Website: www.streamlinebrakes.com

  • UM Racing

Chassis Components: 

  • Bumper

  • Nerf Bars

  • Skid Plates

  • Grab Bar

Website: www.umracing.com

  • Walsh Race Craft

A-Arms:

Website: www.wrcracing.com


Shocks:

 Float X Evol Shocks

KFX450R shocks from Fox Racing Shox

Long Travel?

What makes an ATV shock a "long travel" shock? Most long travel a-arms are built with the lower shock mount moved out towards the wheel and under the lower arm. By doing so, you can fit a shock with a longer body and more shaft travel.

Wider a-arms with standard travel shocks

Many aftermarket a-arms are wider than than stock, but do not move the shock mount location.  By doing so, stock length shocks can be used with some revalving and new springs.  This can reduce cost while still providing extra stability and a better ride.

KFX450R suspension - Fox Shox, Laeger's Racing, Durablue   KFX450R suspension - Fox Shox, Laeger's Racing, Durablue    KFX450R - Long Travel Shocks from Fox

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