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Old 02-04-2011, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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questions about rancher 350

i just found 2- 06 rancher 350 4x4s- for sale on the honda dealer in bartlesville,ok for $2,899. i am wondering about there durability, and are they a good quad. I have an 07 recon and am somewhat thinking about stepping up one size but am not a fan that 420 fancy efi crap. i like carbed engine, also i would like 4wd but not full time, does anyone know of any companies making another version of the warn 424. i guess i could take the front drive shaft out, just kiddin. im not even close to being serious, just wondering for now. its a yellow rancher, i like the yellow atvs cause to me they look good. also is the rear axle a solid axle? thanks for any help.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that is a good deal, and yes they are solid axle, as for it being an 06 i believe it is carbureted i dont think they had efi in the rancher in 06. they are a solid machine, that seems like a low asking price to me coming from a honda dealer. i would definitly ask for receipts (if possible) of the maintenance that has been done and obviously make sure the quad is in good mechanical condition.
as for the warn 424, i have "heard" that they are starting to make parts for them again, i think your best bet is ebay. i hope this helps.
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Yeah, the 350 Ranchers are great ATVs and yes, they have a straight rear axle.

There's another company that supposed to start making the Warn 4-2-4 Select and High Lifter is supposed to have them for sale by sometime this summer, according to a High Lifter employee.
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thanks. i bought my recon from them 2 yrs ago for 2499. they are the cheapest place in this part of oklahoma and prolly southeast kansas. the 2 dealers here in tulsa,ok are fairly expensive on prices but i buy parts from em. that is correct that the 350s do not have the traxlok selectable 4wd, isnt it???

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im not 100% positive but i believe its all time 4wd. helmut should know
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That's correct, the 350 Rancher is full time 4wd.
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i got to lookin and thinkin, usually thats expensive or bad, but i decided not to get one since i dont really want to trade off recon and i dont have room or use for 2 machines, and i dont want to finance a toy and dont have enough cash for it. but thanks for the info, i do like the rancher 350, my uncle had an es 2wd and i loved ridin it not much on the es but still liked the rancher 350 vs the 420 since ive heard too many problems with the 420 vs a 350
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i got to lookin and thinkin, usually thats expensive or bad, but i decided not to get one since i dont really want to trade off recon and i dont have room or use for 2 machines, and i dont want to finance a toy and dont have enough cash for it. but thanks for the info, i do like the rancher 350, my uncle had an es 2wd and i loved ridin it not much on the es but still liked the rancher 350 vs the 420 since ive heard too many problems with the 420 vs a 350
I'd like to know what problems the 420 has over the 350?

The 350 was the cause of the bad reputation for ES. It was also known for the oil temperature thermostat going out and burning piston rings. It's carburated (spelling?) vs. EFI. I'd like to know the basis of this statement. I'm not starting a flame war, I just want proof for that statement. The motor is a solid running motor when running properly though.
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ive heard of people havin FI probs mostly, i also just prefer the look of the 06 350 vs newer. are the 420s tough and durable??? i also learned something i did not know about the oil sensor thing going bad.
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The FI problem is a fuel map problem not a mechanical issue. It is easily fixed with a Power Commander or Optimizer. Also, the 2x4/4x4 selector is a big plus on the newer models. As far as durability, well there were 350's in their grave 4 years after coming out and there are 420's that are in their grave 4 years after. As other members have already stated, it all depends on maintenance done and how it's treated.
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