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Old 05-26-2020, 10:51 PM
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I'm looking for a Honda rancher four wheeler..
2x4 if I can find one.
Anyone else have one ?
I'm looking into the two wheel drive, for my better half. Foot shift.. and easier to steer than a 4x4..
My old 2005 rancher is 4x4 and push button electric shift.. and she's pretty stiff to steer.
Just wondering what others have.

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Old 05-27-2020, 07:02 AM
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They have power $$ steering now.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:16 AM
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I had two of them. First was a 2001 model 4x4. As stated, very hard to steer because it was always in 4wd. Sometime between then and 2014 they put a switch on them to toggle between 2wd and 4wd and they were a lot easier to steer. Last year I got a new Polaris Sportsman 4x4....and wished I'd kept my Honda Rancher. I think the Honda's are the best machine out there. Anyway, check out what year they put the selector switch on them. You might find a Rancher that can go from 2wd to 4wd instead of the full time 4wd they used to have.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:27 AM
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The wife had a 2008 2 wheel drive Honda with the foot shift. I used to like to ride it myself. It did good for a 2 wheel, maneuvered better than the 400 that I had, and could be pretty zippy when you felt like it. Reminded me more of the days when I rode dirt bikes. If you got it in a tight spot it was easy to grab the front or back end and drag it to get around the obstacle.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:46 AM
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One of my best friends has a Rancher 2wd and he put some aftermarket tires on the back and it will go anywhere I can go with my 4wd. I couldn't believe the difference his tires made. He can literally go anywhere in mud, snow, and at about any uphill place you can think of. He had it down to the Hatfield-McCoy ATV recreational area and went on every trail you could find.
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Old 05-27-2020, 08:44 AM
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One of my best friends has a Rancher 2wd and he put some aftermarket tires on the back and it will go anywhere I can go with my 4wd. I couldn't believe the difference his tires made. He can literally go anywhere in mud, snow, and at about any uphill place you can think of. He had it down to the Hatfield-McCoy ATV recreational area and went on every trail you could find.


Yes.. my brother in-law has the two wheel drive.
Rancher.
His is 03?
He did the exact same thing.. put some mud swamper tires on the back..
Silly thing will go anywhere.
One of the reasons I want one.
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Old 05-27-2020, 08:47 AM
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The wife had a 2008 2 wheel drive Honda with the foot shift. I used to like to ride it myself. It did good for a 2 wheel, maneuvered better than the 400 that I had, and could be pretty zippy when you felt like it. Reminded me more of the days when I rode dirt bikes. If you got it in a tight spot it was easy to grab the front or back end and drag it to get around the obstacle.

My neighbor has a honda recon ?
250?
That thing is bullet proof.
Small , lightweight. Can go anywhere.
He's a big guy.. but he scrunches up and rides it all over the place.
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I own 2004 Honda FourTrax Recon® ES .. 229cc .. absolutely a great 4-Wheeler! The Electric shift on the grip is a breeze to use and Female friendly! The newer model years I am sure would be as good as my oldie. It is light and nimble (a tad over 400) and has followed many a 4x4 up and around the hills.
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I've owned four Honda ATVs. I had two Recons, a Foreman 400 and I ride a Rincon now. All have been trouble free.
The 4WD does come in handy if you are climbing grades or in mud.
If I were buying one today, I would buy a 4WD. They aren't any harder to steer and it's nice to have the 4WD option if you want to use it.
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Old 05-28-2020, 03:48 PM
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Well .. been reading the ATV boards..
I guess it's official, trying to find a two wheel drive.
Found one in Shawnee Oklahoma.
A 2014 2x4...
3900$
One of the members on the boards.. has a add on stick shifter.
It bolts onto the foot shifter..
Can hand shift or foot shift..
I'm thinking that be great for the significant other 😄
And of course some mud swamper tires.
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Old 05-28-2020, 03:51 PM
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I've owned four Honda ATVs. I had two Recons, a Foreman 400 and I ride a Rincon now. All have been trouble free.
The 4WD does come in handy if you are climbing grades or in mud.
If I were buying one today, I would buy a 4WD. They aren't any harder to steer and it's nice to have the 4WD option if you want to use it.

I still have my 2005 350 rancher.
It's 4x4.. with the electric shift.
It's been one amazing machine.
Still runs like a sewing machine.
Going to keep it. And buy a 2x4..
Just so the two of us can ride around on the gravel roads, and pastures.
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They have power $$ steering now.
+1 Makes steering those big 4×4's very easy for anyone. Of course your going to pay more and have to get a newer model to get this option. Honda small engines are bulletproof. I've had many Honda dirt bikes, street bikes and atv's over the years and they've all held up great. Good resale value also. I just ordered a 2020 CR 230F so I would have something to ride in the trails with my son.
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I think Honda put the 4x4 switch on the Foreman in 06, power steering in 08. If my old feeble mind serves me right. I had an 06 Foreman that I Road in the WV oilfield when the company got me a side x side it had 22,000 miles on it, only major repair was 3rd had to be replaced. They are bullet proof. The other welltender had 18,000 on his 08.
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I think Honda put the 4x4 switch on the Foreman in 06, power steering in 08. If my old feeble mind serves me right. I had an 06 Foreman that I Road in the WV oilfield when the company got me a side x side it had 22,000 miles on it, only major repair was 3rd had to be replaced. They are bullet proof. The other welltender had 18,000 on his 08.


That's an amazing amount of miles!!
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I have a Honda and a Polaris. The Polaris is nice but it is expensive when you have to buy parts.
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