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Tarantula Performance Racing

AMA legal grab bars for DRR mini quads available; Rear grab bars meet CPSIA lead limits

March 9, 2009 - DRR ATV racers now have an AMA-legal rear grab bar option that also is compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act lead requirements.

Tarantula Performance Racing’s Race Safe and Race Safer grab bars for all youth ATV DRR models meet the AMA racing requirement calling for the quad’s grab bar to extend beyond the end of the ATV’s exhaust silencer. According to the AMA, the sanctioning body for the 2009 ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship series, “The discharge end of the exhaust pipe may not extend beyond the rear edge of the rear grab bar.”

Currently, the stock grab bars on DRR ATVs fall well short of meeting the AMA rule. The rear grab bars manufactured by TPR for the DRR quads extend a full inch beyond the exhaust tip and provide protection for the exhaust in the event of an end-over-end rollover.

Racers preparing for the AMA sanctioned events this year, including the amateur season opener March 21 in Pell City, Ala., can purchase AMA legal rear grab bars for their DRR race quads through DRR dealers and with TPR by calling 330-273-3456. The TPR grab bars bolt directly on to the DRR frame without any modifications.

Tarantula Performance Racing has obtained Certificates of Conformity from its raw material suppliers and its powder-coat provider stating all of the products used in TPR’s manufacturing and production process are either 100 percent lead free, or they are far below the 600 parts-per-million lead content requirement instated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in February.

Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the CPSC, said aftermarket manufacturers like TPR currently are not required to test their products for lead content.

“They are not under an obligation to test, because we have given a one year exemption,” Wolfson said. “But they still have to meet the law. It would be a wise approach to have a level of assurance through testing that their product is below lead levels.”

Currently, the CPSC does not require aftermarket product manufacturers like TPR to conduct testing on their parts, but TPR does plan to back up its Certificates of Conformity with independent, third-party testing on all of its youth ATV products before the CPSC 2010 testing requirement is implemented.

Lou DeCuzzi, president of DRR ATVs, confirms that all DRR ATV models conform to the CPSIA lead requirements and are currently available to the public through a large, national network of DRR dealers.

“People are trying to cover up the lead with a paint, and you can’t do that,” DeCuzzi said. “So we had everything that was accessible tested. There’s so much misconception about the entire lead laws that people don’t understand. I think people need to understand they can ride what they have. There are no issues with that.”

The TPR Race Safe and Race Safer line of DRR products debuted at the 2009 Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana in February. The DRR rear grab bars feature CNC mandrel bent aluminum tubing, laser cut and precision bent mounting brackets and a sleek and safe rounded design. The Race Safer version of the same grab bar encapsulates the tubing in dense foam. The foam is designed to help cushion the rider in the event of an impact with the grab bar during a crash, making an injury less severe.

The ‘Race Safe’ grab bars retail for $64.95 while the ‘Race Safer’ grab bars retail for $74.95. For additional information, visit the Tarantula Performance Racing website at

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