Building an ATV Quad Bike: Handlebars and Brakes Building an ATV Quad Bike: Handlebars and Brakes
An ATV Quad bike is robustly built to withstand the intense terrain and high towing capacity. The bike is capable of modification; desired attachments can be fitted to use it for multiple purposes. For example, dispensers attached to the bike allow farmers to spread fertilizer or plant seeds on their farms. It can be used for hauling harvest or supplies due to its heavy duty storage container.
This utility vehicle is also used for competing in sports. Throughout the year quad bike manufacturers hold quad bike racing competitions not only to promote the sport but also advertise their product.
An ATV Quad bike is capable of navigating rugged terrain mainly due to the sturdy suspension systems and low gravity center in addition to trailer hitch. And, therefore it is actively used for both work and recreation purposes. The bike in the hands of a skilled rider offers enjoyable sports activity, while the trailer hitch allows the farmers to tow a cart behind the vehicle.
Even though the studs on the handle bars and the brakes are sturdy and rigid but it is equally prone to wear and tear; this largely contributes to poor performance of the bike as well as hamper the concentration of the rider and may cause injury.
This article throws light on how to modify the brakes and handlebars for optimum use.
Step 1: Measure Handlebars
Measure the height, width, pullback and droop. A straightedge across the handlebar will help to determine the height. For pullback, measure the distance of the bar ends from the center section. Measure the distance from the grip end to the inside edge of the last control perch to assess the trimming requirement of the new handlebar.
Step 2: Remove Old Handlebars
Begin the process by removing the bar ends and the mirrors. Next, remove levers and hand controls. Upon locating the small screw of the left-side switch cluster remove it.
Dismantle and slide the throttle-side cluster and tube respectively. You may have to remove one throttle cable to allow the barrel to slide off easily. Loosen the bar mounts and note their orientation.
Step 3: Fitting the New Handlebar
Slide the new bar and hand-tighten the clamp. Install the switch clusters at the correct distance and check for tank clearance at full lock. Sit on the bike and check for the angle, width and pullback.
Step 4: Check Brake Pads
Replace brake fluids after every two years for optimum function of the brakes. However, if the brakes need change begin by placing the bike on the center-stand. Replace the brake pads with the calipers bolted to the fork legs. Shake the calipers and check the fallen pads for cracks and general wear & tear.
Step 5: Prepare and Install Brake Pads
Purchase the new brake pads and install them in their position. Bolt them back with calipers and fork legs. Use a torque wrench for this procedure.