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    Suzuki KingQuad 400

    Buried in the news about the updated 2015 Suzuki KingQuad lineup was that Suzuki is moving its ATV engine assembly to the United States.

    Suzuki says it will begin assembling engines for all KingQuad ATVs in its Rome, Ga. facility beginning in June. Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan is transferring the Suzuki ATV engine assembly work to Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation (SMAC) to better serve the growing global market, including Suzuki dealers in America and 52 countries around the world.

    2015 Suzuki KingQuad Lineup Unveiled

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      Hot Rods Cranks and Rods

      If your Kawasaki 700 V-Twin based ATV or UTV is ready for a full rebuild, Hot Rods offers a new line of heavy duty OE replacement crankshafts, connecting rods, main bearings and seal kits that fit the Kawasaki Brute Force 750, KFX 700, Prairie 700, Teryx 750, and Suzuki LT-V 700 Twin Peaks V-Twin engines.

      Hot Rods claims that its crankshaft is both stronger and more affordable than the OEM crankshaft. Depending on customer needs, the crankshaft can be purchased with or without Hot Rods’ replacement connecting rods, which can be ordered separately. Hot Rods’ bearing and seal kits use the plain-style main bearings that are only available through Kawasaki if the customer buys the engine case, thus the Hot Rods kit is one way to save some money if a rebuild is necessary.

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        Suzuki Z400These certainly are tumultuous times for Suzuki. After filing for bankruptcy in November, Suzuki said it was discontinuing its automobile sales in the United States to focus on its Motorcycle, ATV and Marine divisions. The news that Suzuki is trimming down its U.S. powersports dealer network, then, comes as something of a surprise.

        According to DealerNews, dealerships received letters this week from Suzuki notifying them whether their franchise agreements would be renewed with the newly formed Suzuki Motor America. Some dealerships received letters telling them their agreements would not be picked up and they would no longer be authorized Suzuki dealers as of March 31.

        “ASMC is assuming certain dealer agreements and other contracts and assigning them to Purchaser, while the majority of ASMC’s remaining contracts will be rejected,” reads a copy of the letter obtained by DealerNews.

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          Suzuki KingQuadIt’s been a tumultuous few years for Suzuki, at least as far as ATVs go. We haven’t seen a new or updated model since the 2009 model year and Suzuki and earlier this year the company was hit with $885,000 in sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

          Now American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) has taken the bold step of filing for chapter 11 as it restructures its operations. ASMC says it will discontinue new automobile sales and turn its focus to Motorcycle/ATV/and Marine divisions.

          We’re not sure what the future holds for Suzuki, but we’re certainly hoping to see some new off-road product.

          You can read the full press release from ASMC below the jump.

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            Suzuki LT-R450American Suzuki has agreed to a number of sanctions including an $885,000 penalty for importing ATVs and off-road motorcycles that do not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s emission control standards.

            The EPA and Suzuki negotiated the monetary penalty as well as other sanctions for the 25,396 units of the 2006-2009 LT-R450 ATV and the 62 units of the 2010 RMX450Z. While the models in question were tested and certified by the EPA, the testing was done on the electronic engine control module’s standard map.

            What Suzuki did not disclose in the certification process was the RMX450Z and LT-R450 also had a racing map that would push emissions outside the accepted control standards. These racing map were only accessible from a third-party aftermarket product known as the “Cherry Bomb“, but because the map was pre-programmed into the stock machine, Suzuki was required to disclose the ability to adjust the air-fuel mixture through engine mapping when filing for the certificate of conformity. We actually tested out the Yoshimura Cherry Bomb on a 2009 LT-R450 (along with other Yoshimura products), which you can read about here.

            In addition to the $885,000 fine, Suzuki agreed to a three emissions mitigation projects that would reduce the emission of over 210 tons of hydrocarbons.

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