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Hi all,

I am new here. I have a stock foreman so far and wanting to do some mods. I would like to make home made boivin ets kit. Does any of you can help me with the sizes of the different elements of boivin kit. It seems very simple to copy.

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Hi all,

I am new here. I have a stock foreman so far and wanting to do some mods. I would like to make home made boivin ets kit. Does any of you can help me with the sizes of the different elements of boivin kit. It seems very simple to copy.

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I am not familiar with that kit.
 

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A & D Boivin Design Inc. Makes ETS Suspension Kit for Honda Foreman 450 E, ES

A & D Boivin design Inc. has been designing and commercializing snowmobile suspension upgrade kits since it began in 1995. You probably know the company for their innovative new snow-bike vehicle called the Snow Hawk™.

This family owned business is breaking new ground in the ATV world by taking their suspension savoir faire and applying it to an ATV. Their first kit was designed and developed to increase the smoothness and improve the handling of the Honda Foreman 450 ATV while riding through rough terrain such as hard, deep and short distanced holes and ruts. In other words, a plusher ride in rough terrain.

Overall Improvements:

Improves overall stability, handling and riding comfort while passing through rough terrain.

Less demanding to handle or operate over rough terrain (asphalt, grass and ground) due to improved weight transfer. The front end of the vehicle feels lighter to handle resulting in more stirring ease.

The "4 wheel lock" stirring effect is greatly reduced.

Violent impacts are absorbed better by the chassis resulting from the increased vertical down force (VDF) which decreases the kick back effect from the vehicle on to the rider.

More wheel contact to the ground and better traction in mud due to the increased vertical drop out.

Front Suspension Modifications:

With the kit installed, the angles of the front shock absorber are slightly modified in order to apply, under impact, a "vertical down force" VDF on the chassis. This VDF allows for a more efficient suspension through rough terrain and gives more recreation al pleasure to the driver. The VDF is a mechanical behavior applied with great success by AD Boivin design Inc. in the snowmobile suspension field.

We also add two spacers between the coils of the springs. This modification results in spring characteristics which are more supple at the beginning and stiffer at the end of the travel.

Rear Suspension Modifications:

The same approach of the VDF effect is applied to the rear shocks. The rear shock absorber mounts are repositioned to increase the VDF, which results in a smoother ride.

Front and rear suspension modifications create a well balanced, supple vehicle which makes you want to drive in a more sporty manner no matter what the use.

These seemingly simple and cost efficient modifications are the result of many hours of research and physical testing.

Retail price is $149.95 US funds/$199.95 Canadian. Ask your local Honda dealer about it or call



Must have a similar effect as the Perfex Long Travel Kit.
 

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I tmust be new, I haven't heard aything about it yet. Plus since its made by an aftermarket sled company they don't get much publicity down here.

I don't really care for the aluminum spacers inside the shocks though.
 

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That is very interesting. I wonder just how much lift those things give?
It said something like 4-5 inches. Maybe i just misunderstood it, but that
would be awesome. Definately a must have later on.
 

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Never heard of that brand either.
 

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Interesting, It appears to do the same thing that the Perfex kit does, but with a bit more lift. I don't like the idea of the spring spacers and don;t know if they would work with the HL Lift Springs. The Perfex is much cheaper @ $89 as compared to $149. Gonna have to watch this one!
 

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thats at mudmania/ u can c my head if u look on top of the shoulder of the girl on the brute force / all u can c ismy head though/ that is my friends ranger we at by

didnot mean to post that pic, did it by acc.
 

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there is no way in **** that p. o. s. lift kit 4-5 inches of lift! probably gives 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches of lift
if you want a lift i would recommend highlifters
go to

<a href="http://www.highlifter.com/store/ATV-Lift-Kits.html" target="_blank">http://www.highlifter.com/store/ATV-Lift-Kits.html</a>

besides, that bar goin to the rear hitch looks like $H!+
Say what you really feel John.........LOL!! I'm glad i'm not the only one that thinks you won't get 4-5 inches of lift from that kit. As for the HL lift kit, it might be a great lift kit but it won't soften the ride of these Foremans..........Perfex all the way!!
 

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true it wont soften the ride, mite even make the ride worse
but I think he wants a lift if he wants to put a buch-o-$h!+ on it
 

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an old post I found on another forum

have been trying to smooth out the ride on my 450, I first bought a pair of works shocks for the front, they worked pretty good on a straight trail but if it was off camber or twisty I felt the works were a little soft and let the bike lean too much. They were adjustable but I could never get a setting that would be good for comfort and technical/off camber riding. Part of the problem with the works is i bought them off ebay and they are valved for 160 pounds and i weigh 210 so thats probally part of the issue also it was no improvement for the rear since i only bought the fronts. I then heard of th A D boivin kit and the price was right. I thought if this didn't work it would be time to trade in the 450 for something with better suspension, however I like the 450 and its reliability. The kit is easy to install. My impressions are this: This kit is a very good improvement and much better than stock or the works shocks, cheaper too. The works shocks are too long to work with this kit. I can now ride a lot faster with confidence and am not as fatigued after a long day riding, the bike doesn't dive in the corners or off camber either. It is easier to steer, the front end feels a lot lighter. The big hits on bumps are smoothed out also.Added bonus is you get a lift also. Don't get me wrong, this kit will not make the 450 ride like a sportsman but the price is reasonable and the improvement is enough to make me keep the 450, I am very happy with it. Now it is time to start thinking about the detroit gearless locker. I recommend the A D boivin kit to anyone with a 450.

Message edited by: djlewis on 04/02/2002 15:23:07
 

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true it wont soften the ride, mite even make the ride worse
but I think he wants a lift if he wants to put a buch-o-$h!+ on it
Take it easy. He wa just asking i fanyone was running one on their ATV.
 

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I'm still confused on this one. Why do some of ya'll think they are junk?
I have got to do something about the way ours rides. They ride like tanks
with the lifts i have on them.
 

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Railroader, i'm not saying that it's junk, i'm just having a hard time believeing it will give your machine 4-5 inches of lift. I looked at this kit pretty closely and it does look a little bit like the Perfex once it's installed but the price is to high for my taste and i know i can get another inch to inch and a half with the Perfex and I have yet to read a negative report on it. It does look easy to install but so does the Perfex, just a matter of preference i reckon. I have to agree about the ride on the Foreman, it is a rough one but hopefully the Perfex will fix that,if you go with either one of these kits, i believe you will have to remove your old lift kit to put the new one on.
 

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I am leanin' towards the Perfex now. The price does seem kinda steep
now that you mention it.
 

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QUOTE ("Railroader":2e8kpp4u)
I am leanin' towards the Perfex now. The price does seem kinda steep
now that you mention it.
You could almost buy the Perfex for each bike, for the price of one of the Boivin
 
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