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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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pros and cons, what size quad

i hope this will help some people who cant decide what size machine they want and pros/cons of each. i have a recon so ill put my opinion about it and you guys with other quads please share some knowledge about them.

Recon-pros-small, lightwieght, manuverable in tight spaces, good starter quad, geared tranny w opt ES, simple, reliable, recoil backup starter.

Cons- small engine sometimes is under powered, only comes in 2wd, had drum front brakes, no 12V socket, not an abundance of aftermarket stuff,

2011 Rancher 420 FPM
AMS Swamp fox tires
Stearns rear rack bag
Superwinch Terra 25
Moose rear bumper
Fuse powersports trailer hitch

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 08:22 PM
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well i have a Honda Fourtrax 300fw (4x4) the first reason i picked this atv is because its a Honda so its reliable, simple, well build made to last, foot shift. its a lightweight 4wheeled drive that is over all good at everything you drive it in to.

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Honda Rincon 680

Pros -Is a Honda; plenty of power for a 650-700cc class quad; all wheel independent suspension; fuel injection; front and rear disk brakes; push button 4wheel drive; smooth shifting 3speed manual ESP or fully automatic transmission; one of best handling utility ATV's; one of the lightest over 600cc utility ATV's

Cons - Not much on board storage; no low range gear selection; no front locking differential; non adjustable shocks; no reverse override; could use more top end

2007 Honda Rincon
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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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Plenty of usable power, they are built like a tank and very hard to kill, great trail bikes, good brake system, there are one of the most popular quads on the market and have a ton of aftermarket mods. Great turning radius.

Its not to much of a race quad anymore now that the 450’s have taken over the show (would require a lot of modification), suspension could be better (especially if your a track rider), not much of a beginner quad but can be with good instruction and some common sense, Thats all I can think of off the top of my head. Can’t really complain about it.

2008 TRX400ex

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Lexx MXe slip on
Armadillo full body and swing arm skid plates.
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anybody got anything for a foreman and 300ex? or a rubicon. some of the older years too if possible

2011 Rancher 420 FPM
AMS Swamp fox tires
Stearns rear rack bag
Superwinch Terra 25
Moose rear bumper
Fuse powersports trailer hitch
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1987 trx250x

Pros: Easy to ride, very comfortable, very torquey, compact for trails but still stable enough for high speeds, decent aftermarket, very budget friendly sport machines.

Cons: Occasionally underpowered, no electric start which can really suck after 6 hours of riding, definitly not the prettiest quads around, and the suspension is somewhat lacking when compared to most of the newer machines

Bottom line: Awesome for a novice rider or a weekend warrior, with a few upgrades they'll hang with just about anything else in the woods

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1998 honda foreman 400
pro's: lightweight, maneuverability, big racks for storage, good grunt power for pulling, low center of gravity for steep hills and sidehilling. reliability 11,000 miles on her and still no problems
con's: no selectable 2wd to 4wd. Not much ground clearance (not a real deal breaker) low top speed, non adjustable shocks.

overall i'd give it a B

2003 honda rincon 650
pro's: lightweight compared to other big bores, very smooth comfortable ride, good ground clearance, stylish, stock aluminum rims, quiet.
con's: the transmission (3 speed, what a joke) front rack is too small, underpowered (my stock 500 polaris beats it), vibration, NO LOW RANGE.

i give this atv a C in my opinion, because it doesnt suit my needs, i keep it because its fun to play around on, but when it comes to serious work-pulling out elk and deer in steep rugged idaho mountains ill stick with my trusty old foreman. the 3 speed tranny (what was honda thinking????) if it had the same tranny as a rubicon this thing would be UNSTOPPABLE
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1996 300ex

Pro's - comfortable to ride all day long, light, good low end power, great for trails, decent amount of upgrades, parts are relatively cheap, some parts are interchangeable with the 400ex, and has electric start.
Cons - underpowered, doesn't have rod caps for easy replacement of rods and bearing in lower end.

Overall - great for beginners to start out on, can be upgraded to get somewhat rid of the underpowered issue, and I know I will never sell mine I'll always keep her even tho I'll get bigger and badder quads...

96 Honda 300ex
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Full FmF Exhaust
Hot Cams Stage 1 Camshaft.
11:1 Wiseco standard size piston
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