XTC POWER PRODUCTS HONDA TALON
Adding clean wiring, wide suspension and more to the Talon X-4
For West Coast guys, the four-seat Honda Talon got a bad rap initially. For some reason, Honda did not make the four-seater with a wide stance like the two-seat Talon 1000R. We’ve heard it has something to do with the turning radius being too wide. We do agree that the 1000R has a super-wide turning radius, but we don’t care. In most situations we get into with a wide car, you can use extra throttle and a little rear wheelspin to get through sharper turns. Or, you can do a three-point turn if you have to. There’s not a UTV on the market that can get through every tight turn every time.
Lately, we have been seeing guys embracing the four-seat Honda Talon 1000X-4 and proving its worth. In fact, we are building our own unique, long-wheelbase, three-seat Honda Talon for an upcoming feature; however, we will first take a look at a sweet build from XTC Power Products.
XTC is known for over-the-top builds. Originally, it was a mid-engine Polaris RZR with a five-speed transmission and four-cylinder Subaru engine attracting crowds in the dunes and at the Sand Sport Show. Since then, Chris Leaming at XTC has put his touches on the Rangers and Generals, too. When it comes to Hondas, Chris Leaming and the guys in the shop built a two-seat R with a turbo and wing out back. Our sister publication, Dirt Wheels, featured it in the June 2020 issue.
To shoot XTC’s latest build, we had Dirt N Dunez Photography meet with Chris at the UTV Takeover in Coos Bay last year. Chris was cruising the non-turbo Talon around with one of his kids turning heads once again. Using only a PPEI tune and Trinity exhaust, he tells us, the naturally aspirated engine and GBC Terra Master tires on side A worked perfectly in the wet Oregon sand. He brought paddles along but never needed them. As on our build, Chris went with HCR suspension all the way around with support from a RaceCo frame bracing. He’s running the stock shock with Weller Racing springs. Since the car was widened from stock, he called on Summers Brothers Racing for wider axles equipped with the stock CV joints.
What really impressed us about the Honda build was the attention to detail installing the accessories. It was a perfectly simple build. There was nothing added that didn’t serve a purpose. Of course, all of the XTC switches were perfectly placed, and most of the wiring was run inside the Titan Fabrication roll-cage tubing. Furthermore, under the hood, XTC’s signature Power Control System was mounted in a manner even the Honda factory would be proud of. So, if you are starting any brand build, begin by calling XTC Power Products to get the important part of the build (the wiring) laid out before you begin.
You can see all of the XTC Power Products and the company’s past builds at www.xtcpowerpowerproducts.com or call directly ( 558-8588) and tell them UTV Action Magazine sent you.
XTC Power Products Honda Talon Build Sheet:
Wiring & switches: XTC Power Products, www.xtcpowerproducts.com
Fuel & tuning: PPEI, www.ppei.com
Exhaust: Trinity Racing, www.trinityracing.com
Suspension: HCR, www.trinityracing.com
Gussets: RaceCo, www.raceco-usa.com
Shock springs: Weller Racing, www.wellerracing.com
Tires: GBC Terra Master, www.greenballtires.com
Wheels: Metal FX, www.metalfxoffroad.com
Roll cage: Titan Fabrication, www.titanfabrication.com
Seats & belts: Simpson, www.simpson.com
Lights: KC, www.kchilites.com
Sound: Rockford Fosgate, www.rockfordfosgate.com
Powdercoating: Elite, www.elitepowdercoating.com
Communication: Rugged Radios, www.ruggedradios.com
Mirrors & steering wheel: Assault Industries, www.assualtind.com
Wrap: Five18 Designs, www.five18designs.com
Contact: XTC Power Products, (489) 558-8588.