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Ok, that is good to know about the smoking. I may look for a rancher.

What year did they change the bodystyle in the 350? (I believe it was 2004?)

I kind of like the older style of ranchers with the metal bumper and rectangular lights. Seems like it would hold up better over time.
i think your right...they changed the body style in '04..they had the sqaure head lights up until '04..then they got the angled front end fender and lights..i like them alot better than the sqaure lights. my project in the DIY..show's you a pic of the '04 rancher front end.

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I think your right it was in 04 if you do get an older body one with manual shift get an 02 or newer because they updated the shift drums in them so they don't break anymore.

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I think your right it was in 04 if you do get an older body one with manual shift get an 02 or newer because they updated the shift drums in them so they don't break anymore.
ya knowwwww..now that you mentioned that shift drum problem ???..this is what happened to the '02 trx350fm rancher i've got at the shop..soon to start on next in a few day's..the shifting drum blew apart !!..lol.

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that shift drum and the one way clutch has been the only problems I've had out of mine.

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that shift drum and the one way clutch has been the only problems I've had out of mine.
i've got an '04 trx350fe motor ( bottom end )..and a '02 trx350fm ( what's left of the motor )..and gonna make a trx350fm motor out of all of it !..lol. i'm pretty sure i've got enough parts to make a complete engine..it's just a matter of time getting it all back together !..lol. best thing i like about rebuilding this '02 trx350fm rancher ?..is it has a warn 424 already on it !..lol. don't know if it work's or not ??..haven't played with it yet ?..and still trying to get this '04 trx350fm back together..got the motor running..now i got to do some body work here and there...and it will be done. then i can get back on my '02 rancher motor for this '02 trx350fm rancher..should be interesting to see how this pan's out ????..lol.

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X3, the 350 Rancher body style changed in 2004. The '00-'03 models are the same and the '04-'06 models are the same.

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I need to get one of those kits for mine.They are pretty pricey though that was a good score for you.

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I know you stated you were looking for opinions on the Honda 300 and 350, but don't overlook the Eiger 400 either to consider.
If you can get past the ugly front end, they are a really good,simple, highly dependable atv that won every comparison it ever had to the other machines in it's class back then. The new KQ400 is still the same quad but with different plastic, and just recently added FI.
I think it would work very well for you because although you stated 2wd, the Rancher 350 is fulltime 4wd unless you get lucky as was said and find one with an added unlocker, and the Eiger is selectable 2wd and 4wd, and it has a high/low range transmission also, and with either a 5-speed manual shift, or a CVT trans model. It also comes with disc brakes on the front unlike the Rancher, plus has a 4 valve ohc engine, instead of a two valve pushrod engine, so basically it will have more power, and run smooth, and that engine has been around forever and used in allot of different machines including bikes. They also have 25" tires all around, which makes tire shopping much simpler.
Just a suggestion for another machine to look at with every bit the reliability if taken care of as the Rancher with better stock features. For what it's worth I've owned allot of Honda's too, so I'm not trying to bash the 350, and they have had some great model machines, but their are others that stand out too that would fit what your looking for.
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Thanks for that info Stu. I appreciate the input and am in no hurry to purchase. What years do I want to look at in the suzuki?


Does anyone know what changes took place on the 300 from 90-00? I have seen a couple of newer ones but haven't seen too many older ones that are in good condition.
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Your welcome, any year and model of the Eiger is fine. The only change I'm aware of over the years was just the different plastic and new name when it became badged a KQ400, but it is still the same exact chassis as the Eiger. The latest change has been from carburetor to FI, and a digital dash instead of an analog speedometer.
Power wise they are in between the 350 rancher, and the 420 rancher, but closer to the 420. The new FI model will probably be darn close to the 420 engine wise because of the 4 valve ohc engine vs. the 420 having 2 valves and pushrods. The suspension and ride is actually better on the old Eiger, and current KQ400 than the new 420(I've ridden one before) which says allot about why they haven't changed that machine much over the years.
I had that same engine in a Dual Sport motorcycle, and it was bulletproof with zero issues and still ran and looked as new when I sold it with over 25,000 miles on it. They are also very maintenance friendly with the engine being in the frame in the regular way. It had 30hp in the bike version engine, but uncertain on the atv, but not really that important. I'm sure less as they are tuned different for more torque for the obvious reasons of weight. Good luck in your search, and if you do come across a mint rancher 350 it would still be a good buy also, they were the top selling utility of all time I believe. The 2wd version was a good machine also, and very capable if you found one.

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