LT-R450 Tech: UM Racing Pro Peg install and HEP rear number plate bracket
Project Suzuki LTR-450 Quadracer
If you plan on racing your Suzuki LTR there are two things that most every user will need to add. Number one is nerf bars. Most promoters will require nerf's before letting you on the track to race. There are a few off-road and desert series that do not but most events do require them. Number two is a rear number plate. The same goes here in that most event promoters will require a rear number plate on your LTR. And given the new center exit exhaust pipe this is a little more difficult than just zip tying a number plate to your rear grab bar.
For nerf bars we turned to UM Racing. UM has recently released a complete line of Suzuki LT-R450 parts including new pro-peg nerf bars. You can get all of the parts either powder coated black or ball burnished aluminum. So while ordering our new pro-pegs in black we decided to also add a UM Pro SX front bumper and a UM V2 rear grab bar.
Rear Number Plate
With the new center exit rear exhaust on the Suzuki LT-R450 number plate mounting is a tad more difficult. You can't just take a normal plate drill a couple holes and zip tie it in place.(Trust us. We tried that.) For a rear number plate we turned to HEP Products. We use HEP rear fender brackets on our YFZ and know their products are very nicely done. The HEP rear number plate is made from .125" aluminum and is cut-out using water jet technology. They come in a number of different color combinations.
First up was the front bumper. This is a simple 4 bolt installation.
Next is installation of the UM Performance Products Pro-Peg nerf bars for the LT-R450.
Last but not least is installation of the UM rear grab bar and the HEP Products Suzuki LT-R450 rear number plate bracket.
We have race tested the UM and HEP products and have discovered no problems. Both are holding up very well with the exception of some of the black powder coat in a few spots. We are very happy with the grip from wide foot pegs. For $34.95 the HEP number plate and bracket sure beats the heck out of zip ties.
Next month we will report on our rebuilt shocks courtesy of iShock.
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