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Quad/ATV

Learning Resources

Tips On Choosing ATV/Quad Books

Quads and ATVs, like other mass-produced recreation vehicles, are generally customized to perform for racing. Some daring people may scratch-build them as well, as the components are readily available. To our knowledge there is no specific book covering the design and construction of a home-built machine. There are internet articles on race preparation of a production machine.

We therefore suggest starting with a good ATV book that provides a comprehensive view of ATVs, riding, maintenance and if possible, racing. If you are interested in the scratch home-built idea, we'd also suggest looking into spaceframe design, suspension design and metal fabrication. If you're ideas are really radical, you may wish to consider motorcycle engine race cars for inspiration as well.

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Topic (Level)
Vehicle Type
Resource Type
Chassis
Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Chassis Engineering is a great introduction to race car design. In a practical and down-to-earth way, it covers the fundamentals of how race cars handle and the requirements for designing and constructing a car. The book includes chapters on chassis design, suspension design, frame construction, aerodynamics and tuning. Overall it provides the reader with the foundation of how the key components of a race car work and interact together. Read full review

Get "Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Chassis
Racing Chassis and Suspension Design: PT-90
Racing Chassis and Suspension Design: PT-90
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

A compilation of 27 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) papers selected by racing engineer legend Carroll Smith which focus on chassis and suspension design for pure race cars. These papers provide deep insights and practical and usable information for chassis and race car designers.

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Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Midget (Full Size)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Book Resource
Chassis
The Race Car Chassis : Design, Structures and Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track Open- and Closed-Wheel Chassis
The Race Car Chassis : Design, Structures and Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track Open- and Closed-Wheel Chassis
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Aspiring designers will find Forbes Aird's book on chassis design to be a good introduction to the fundamental purposes, structures and materials of race car (or road car) chassis. What the book might lack in formulas and design calculations, it makes up for in sheer breadth of chassis design and construction ideas. It provides sufficient information to the reader to leave them with a solid understanding of the various chassis types, materials and construction so they can make informed choices about designing their own chassis. Read full review

Get "The Race Car Chassis : Design, Structures and Materials for Road, Drag and Circle Track Open- and Closed-Wheel Chassis":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Supercar
Book Resource
Fasteners/Joining
High Performance Hardware: Fastener Technology for Racers and Enthusiasts
High Performance Hardware: Fastener Technology for Racers and Enthusiasts
4 Stars (4 / 5)

High performance hardware provides both theory and extensive practical information on hardware and fasteners. It covers material properties that relate to fasteners as well as pretty much every type of fastener used on a race vehicle.

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Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Dune Buggy
Kart
Quad/ATV
Rider Mower
Street Rod
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Advanced Automotive Welding
Advanced Automotive Welding
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Advanced Automotive welding teaches basic and advanced welding skills specifically geared toward race car construction. Joint types, metal types, and welding processes such as TIG, MIG, oxy-acetylene and stick welding are covered. Includes projects such as roll cage, seat supports, floor pan and others.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide
Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A comprehensive resource for those building race car chassis or components with fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP). Types of composite materials, moulding techniques, structural techniques, layup, and applications are all discussed in this book.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Touring Car
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
How To Weld
How To Weld
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A complete guide for beginner welders on the history, safety, equipment and techniques for welding. The book covers metal fabrication tools, types and properties of metals, welding joint designs, gas welding, brazing, arc welding (MIG, TIG, stick) and cutting. It also includes sample exercises to help the reader practice what they have learned.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Touring Car
CycleKart
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Metal Fabricator's Handbook
Metal Fabricator's Handbook
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches welding techniques, metal forming, hammerforming and practical metal fabrication projects. Project include forming custom body panels, tanks, roll cages/safety cells and exhaust headers.

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Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Bar Stool Racer
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides introductory and more advanced information about metals, metal fatigue, composite fibers and the uses of a wide variety of materials in race cars.

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Dune Buggy
GT
Kart
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower
David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A guide to designing the engine as a system and constructing it to produce maximum horsepower. The design aspects use the airflow through each part of the engine as a basis for instruction. Provides detailed information on how to select, modify and tune each component to work at peak efficiency with others in the engine.

Get "David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower":
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging & Nitrous Oxide
Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging, & Nitrous Oxide: A Complete Guide to Forced Induction and its use on Modern Motorcycle Engines
4 Stars (4 / 5)

For builders of small motorcycle engine-powered race cars who want that extra kick. Teaches how to turbocharge, supercharge and use Nitrous oxide on motorcycle engines. This book goes into ram air, turbos, superchargers and nitrous systems plus the fuel systems that work along side them. The book also looks at which engines are best for forced-air induction.

Get "Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging, & Nitrous Oxide: A Complete Guide to Forced Induction and its use on Modern Motorcycle Engines":
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Supercar
Book Resource
Suspension
Competition Car Suspension: A Practical Handbook
Competition Car Suspension: A Practical Handbook
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Explains race car suspensions theory and design. The author explains the history of suspension design and types, handling theory, suspension design techniques, and the math/calculations used in design. The book also includes a unique string-based model approach to hands-on visualization of suspension movement. Read full review

Get "Competition Car Suspension: A Practical Handbook":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Book Resource
Whole Car (Customize/Upgrade)
ATVs: Everything You Need to Know
ATVs: Everything You Need to Know
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides a comprehensive guide to ATVs. Chapters on choosing the right ATV, ATV riding techniques, kids and ATVs, safety, performance modifications, maintenance and troubleshooting. Includes detailed chapters on upgrades and modifications to the ATV for better offroad capabilities, use as a workhorse, increasing engine power and conversion into a mud machine.

Get "ATVs: Everything You Need to Know":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Quad/ATV
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars
How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars
4 Stars (4 / 5)

How to design and construct a motorcycle engine powered race car. This book explains how select and integrate the engine into a car as well as the design of the other aspects such as chassis, powertrain, brakes, fuel, coolant and electrics.

Get "How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars":
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Electrical ( Basic)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Quarter)
Quad/ATV
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Micro)
Book Resource
Magazine
Quad/ATV
Magazine Resource
Magazine
Quad/ATV
Magazine Resource
Magazine
Quad/ATV
Magazine Resource

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