Yamaha Banshee Drag Racing Racelegal.com 3-2-2012
Race your ride at qualcom stadium at racelegal.com how about a Yamaha
Banshee 350 on the 1/8 mile drag strip highly modified to stock looking
with street tires.
The Banshee 350, manufacturer designation YFZ350, is a two-stroke
All-Terrain Vehicle produced by Yamaha. It was manufactured in Japan and
sold in the United States from 1987 to 2006, and holds the distinction of
having the longest production run of any ATV. The Yamaha Banshee continued
its production in Canada until 2008 but is still sold in other countries
(noted below) to this day. The Banshee utilized a unique power plant, a
non-powervalved version of Yamaha's RZ350, giving it a distinctive sound
and power that earned it a devout following in the ATV community. This was
among the fastest sport ATVs ever produced, and reigned supreme until the
YFZ450 was created to replace it in 2004.
The engine, as well as most major components were basically unchanged from
1987 until 2006. The exception being the changed front suspension from
j-arms to a-arms in 1990. The rear wheel hubs had the same bolt pattern
4/115mm bolt pattern all years, except 1989 and 1990, when they changed it
to 4/156mm. Because of this Warrior, Raptor, and YFZ450 rims and wheels
will also fit a Banshee. Most parts will fit any year and are
interchangeable including: the plastic fenders, rear brakes, seat,
radiator, front and rear shocks, axle, hubs, lower a-arms, gas tank,
cylinders, head, cases, crankshaft, carbs, petcock, tires, skid plate,
coil, flywheel, transmission, shift forks, air box, air filter, handlebars,
shifter, levers, swing arm, tie rods, impeller, pipe hangers, steering
stem, bumper, grab bar, sprocket, rotors, reeds, head, side covers, kick
starter, clutch, intake boots, and even the Exhaust.
The electrical had 4 generations 1987-1994, 1995-1996, 1997-2001, and
2002-2006. Yamaha kept the same basic electrical schematic, but they
changed the wire plug connectors on the on/off switch, the key assembly,
the CDI box, the stator, and the taillight. In 2002 the electrical was
updated to include a brake light and changed connector styles to
accommodate the added switches for the brake light control.
One of the most popular modifications for a Banshee is changing the Exhaust pipes. By simply changing the pipes,
you can gain up to 20% more power! Usually people accompany this with a new
aftermarket air filter. Another popular feature to add power is porting and
polishing the cylinders. As with ALL two stroke engines, rejetting the
carbs is a must whenever a modification changes the combustible airflow
through the engine. Failure to properly rejet the carburators for any of
the aforementioned modifications will result in engine failure.
The suspension was a weak point on this ATV, mostly because it wasn't
updated since the 1980s. To combat this, many people add aftermarket a-arms
that are wider and farther forward (+2+1), a wider axle, and aftermarket
shocks. Without a doubt, the Yamaha Banshee is one of most revered and
respected ATVs to this day.
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