Honda Rancher 420FE
Pros: A very versatile all around 4x4, small enough to be more nimble than the big-bore quads, with good bottom end torque for work, and trail riding, with decent top speed for this type of machine. Acceptable fuel mileage in the 20's, SRA axle is a pro to me, just personal preference, less to break and better stability, and better for towing. Suspension does an ok job for a quad in this class and price range, and I think it has a great stock exhaust sound to it, quiet, but throaty sounding. I prefer the lever 4wd engagement over a push button 4wd, cable operated vs. servo motor=more dependable, and its very smooth to shift it in and out. ES has worked good, although no low range, 1st gear is plenty low, and 2nd gear is useable also in slow going. Dependability has been perfect so far with 1400 miles now, and over 300hrs. All in all, I give it a B rating,lol.
Cons: We all know about no locker so that's a no brainer there. The steering radius is too wide, and the front end tends to push in 4wd, and it gets twitchy at speed in 4wd. COG could be lower, as well as being a couple inches longer in wheelbase would help this machine's high speed handing also. Shocks need at least some preload adjustments, although they work well. No recoil backup is a big con on this machine, picture having a dead battery in the middle of nowhere, and no hill in sight to pop start, and I'm not even sure if you could pop start one of these,(ES model anyway) seeing that you have to be in neutral to start is,,,another con. Reverse procedure is a little ridiculous, but can be remedied as we all know. No 12v acc. standard on the machine, should be included as well as the recoil. Headlights have to be the dimmest lights I have ever had on an atv, I gotta get some aftermarket lights for it. The brakes, front and rear could be better, they are kind of wooden feeling, and weak. It's a good thing it's not a cvt machine with the weak brakes.
All that being said, all machines have their good and bad points, but the good outweigh the bad on the Rancher. A good recommended mid-size quad.
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