HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO INSTALL LONG-TRAVEL SUSPENSION ON THE TALON 4
On the 2-seat models, Honda uses the exact same frame for both, the 64” inch wide Talon X and the wider Talon 1000R. The major differences are the width of the A-arms and axles in the front, and the suspension arms, axles and hubs in the rear.
The frame on the Talon X 4-seater is slightly different. At a glance of the rear portion of the Talon 4 seater’s frame it looks identical to the shorter version however it is not. Most of the pick up points for the wider R suspension are in place except one critical area. The pair of tabs where the front portion of the upper control arm mounts to the frame is missing.
A simple piece of tubing welded to the frame with gussets and two mounting tabs will make the conversion happen. After that you would need to buy the R’s long travel components and the R’s rear hubs. Another question would be if the electronic power steering assist is the same in the X as it is on the R. Honda told us early on it’s the same between the two, 2 seaters but were not sure about the 4-seater.
Below, we have listed the R components you would need to buy after you had that one simple piece welded on. We can’t guarantee that Honda won’t come out with an R version of the 4-seater anytime soon, so it’s up to you if you want to try it. Chances are one of you will and we will see a long travel X, before Honda unveils the long travel R.
Honda Talon R Components Needed.
Front Brake lines (rubber & steel)
Rear Radius rods
Rear Brake lines (rubber & steel)
Rear Trailing arm
Rear Upper suspension arm
Swaybar and links