Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Arkansas
Honda Rancher AT engine rebuild
OK guys...I have a question/concern. Today, I called my local Honda ATV dealer to get an estimate on rebuilding the top end of my 2004 Honda Rancher AT. He quoted me a price of $2500 - $3500 which is MUCH higher than the estimate I got from the dealer in MO where the ATV is located...he said around $600. The local dealer said they tear down the motor completely, don't just rebuild the top end. His reasoning is that if it was run with a dirty air cleaner or sunk in water, rebuilding the top end is a temporary fix and within a few oil changes, it would be back to it's original condition.
I got the ATV used, with the knowledge that it smoked/used oil. The guy I got it from is in the business of ATV repair, but for himself, not with a dealership. He repaired my Polaris and did an adequate job, but it didn't involve motor rebuilding. When I got the Honda, the foam air cleaner was a mess - the top rubber piece had come apart from the foam insert, but the insert itself was still covering the metal housing...this wasn't discovered until after titles were exchanged. He is going to rebuild the top end this winter as part of the deal when we swapped machines. I'm quite certain he will not be tearing apart the whole motor. I replaced the foam air cleaner with a new one.
The ATV has plenty of get up and go - it runs great, starts every time, shifts OK in automatic mode (I personally haven't used the ESP, but others have and say it's fine). It uses a lot of oil...like about a 1/2 quart every other day which is about 60 miles of riding on gravel roads, a few non-challenging trails, and pavement to get from point A to point B.
My question is...if I just do a top rebuild, will there be problems down the road where the motor will have to be torn apart?
Thanks in advance for answers/help.