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ATV Modified With “Barrel” Fenders
When Michael Heron of Lloydminster, Sask., retired he bought garden tractors and ATVs in various states of disrepair, parking them in his back yard. A Suzuki King Quad was one of those purchases. It had a good engine but was missing its plastic fenders.
“The plastic for these machines is very expensive if you can even find it,” says Heron. “This quad was 4-WD with tremendous pulling power so I knew it could be useful. It didn’t look like much but was functional and I thought I could dress it up.”
Heron replaced the broken hood with a modified metal one from one of his garden tractors. Since he decided it was too costly to replace the fenders with OEM parts, he tried a different and cheaper alternative in the form of an old plastic barrel he had lying around.
“I thought if I could make fenders from the barrel, they would be as durable as the originals,” he says. “So, I managed to cut it into the right-sized pieces. Then I bolted them onto the frame along with some scavenged headlights. Later, I modified the ATV further to make it even more functional, adding a winch that works a bucket capable of lifting a couple hundred pounds.”
The single operation winch was added to complete all the movements of lifting, lowering and tilting the bucket.
“The hardest part was getting the parts that aren’t really supposed to fit, to fit,” Heron says. “I didn’t want it to look too amateurish, but I think it came out good.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michael Heron, Lloydminster, Sask., Canada (ph 306-821-6367; M.heron@sasktel.net).

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