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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-03-2011, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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can i shift manualy on a 350 fourtrax electric shift
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Welcome to the forums. They have an emergency shifter that can be used to shift manually in case the electric shift quits working, but it's only to shift into a gear to get you home or wherever you need to go. You have to use your hand to shift and it's not meant to shift while you're moving.

Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

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cant you switch into a manual shift? with the right parts.
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cant you switch into a manual shift? with the right parts.
You could with all the right parts. Even the gears are made different on the electric shift models. The gears on the electric shift models have a different number of engagement "dogs" on the back of the gears and it may or may not hold up if you don't change those gears. On the Foreman 500, Honda tried to use the same gears on the foot shift model that they used on the electric shift models and they had a lot of first gear problems with the some of the earlier models. The engagement dogs would get worn and rounded off. Since it didn't hold up on some of the 500s, it might not hold up on the 350. They updated the 500 Foreman gears and fixed the problem. The updated gear for the 500 Foreman is shown below.

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Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

You only need two tools in life -- WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
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cant you switch into a manual shift? with the right parts.
You could with all the right parts. Even the gears are made different on the electric shift models. The gears on the electric shift models have a different number of engagement "dogs" on the back of the gears and it may or may not hold up if you don't change those gears. On the Foreman 500, Honda tried to use the same gears on the foot shift model that they used on the electric shift models and they had a lot of first gear problems with the some of the earlier models. The engagement dogs would get worn and rounded off. Since it didn't hold up on some of the 500s, it might not hold up on the 350. They updated the 500 Foreman gears and fixed the problem. The updated gear for the 500 Foreman is shown below.

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Hi Helmut, I read your post about the early 500's first gear problem. I bought a used one, 05 500 foreman S 4X4 It only had 490 miles on it. But it seems to shift fine for now. If someday I have first gear problems the updated gear can be installed? Is that the only thing that is in the updated kit? Or is there more to be replaced to make it work.

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cant you switch into a manual shift? with the right parts.
You could with all the right parts. Even the gears are made different on the electric shift models. The gears on the electric shift models have a different number of engagement "dogs" on the back of the gears and it may or may not hold up if you don't change those gears. On the Foreman 500, Honda tried to use the same gears on the foot shift model that they used on the electric shift models and they had a lot of first gear problems with the some of the earlier models. The engagement dogs would get worn and rounded off. Since it didn't hold up on some of the 500s, it might not hold up on the 350. They updated the 500 Foreman gears and fixed the problem. The updated gear for the 500 Foreman is shown below.

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Hi Helmut, I read your post about the early 500's first gear problem. I bought a used one, 05 500 foreman S 4X4 It only had 490 miles on it. But it seems to shift fine for now. If someday I have first gear problems the updated gear can be installed? Is that the only thing that is in the updated kit? Or is there more to be replaced to make it work.

Thanks
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No, the updated gears come as a set, so that's all you will need.

Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

You only need two tools in life -- WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
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