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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-12-2011, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Newbe Rancher questions?

New here and I am sure this is the place for Honda Info. Picked up a 2002 Rancher 350 2wd today and have a few question for the pros??

Generally speaking what is the difference between Ranchers and Foremans? Are ranchers designed for certain task or riding styles while other models are say for pulling more than trails?

Is there a difference between a 2002 and 2003 Rancher? I ask this because I am looking at camo fender covers and I see plenty of 03 models but not much for 02s?

Does anyone here have much experience with the fender covers> I want to cover the red fenders for hunting and although I see pic on line I wonder how well they stay on?

Thanks and I look forward to learning more from the folks here.
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the 02 rancher is 329 cc air cooled engine, the foreman is 395 cc water cooled engine. im not sure of much on these but the foreman is a bigger machine than the rancher. some year model of foreman have 2 rear shocks instead of 1. helmut or shadetree will be along to tell what you want to know about your machine.
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Welcome to the forums. Yeah, I think the Foreman was designed to be a little more "work" oriented than the Rancher, but that doesn't mean the Rancher can't be used as a work machine. Both are great ATVs.

The 2000-2003 Rancher 350s are exactly the same and the 2004-2006 Rancher 350s are exactly the same. The only difference in the 350 Ranchers, is that the body style was changed on the 2004-2006 Rancher 350s. Let me add that there is one slight difference between the 2000-2002 Rancher ES and the 2003 Rancher ES and that is in the computer system. The 2003-up Rancher has the ability to store trouble codes when the ESP system senses a shifting problem. The 2000-2002 Ranchers didn't have the ability to store and display trouble codes.

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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Like I said this must be the place to get answers..... So from what Helmut is saying the plastic on 2000-2002 is the same so covers should not be an issue. My follow-up remaining/question now is just how well do the snap on fender covers work? It appears there are several companies out there making camo covers any word on which works best? Moose, Green mts Ourdoors, Hatchie???
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Like I said this must be the place to get answers..... So from what Helmut is saying the plastic on 2000-2002 is the same so covers should not be an issue. My follow-up remaining/question now is just how well do the snap on fender covers work? It appears there are several companies out there making camo covers any word on which works best? Moose, Green mts Ourdoors, Hatchie???
I don't have any experience with the fender covers, but the 2000-2003 Ranchers have the same fenders and body style. They changed the body style in 2004. Maybe someone else will know the answer to your question about the fender covers.

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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I say you paint them a flat dark color if your gona be using it for hunting alot.

4WD Don't Fix Stupid.
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p.s. you have to scuff and buff up the stock plastic fenders if you want spray paint to stick better. other wise it will scratch off with even your finger nail. so if you leave them slick, you could always scratch all the paint off and have a bright red wheeler again haha.

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Slim I hear ya about the scratching it off for a bright red one again if I get tired of camo lol..lol.. I just have a hard time splashing paint on a unit that looks like new... If it were a beater I would be all over it but this one was one of those "Owned by a little ol' Lady only driven on Sunday units." I'm hoping I can find what I'm looking for with covers?? Thanks
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Yep, I agree, you definitely don't want to paint one that looks as good as that one.

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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