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300 FourTrax vs 350 Rancher

Hello all, I am in the market for a quad for my wife. I’ve had her on a 200sx that I use for chores around the farm and she does really well on it. I think I’ve narrowed it down to these two, she likes the utility look, 2wd. She don’t want a clutch, but loved shifting so no auto. We do mostly trail riding, nothing too technical and I’m wanting to head to the dunes this summer, she don’t want to go up anything too high or steep just cruise on milder ones and not dig too much. From what I’ve heard and read the past few days they’re both extremely reliable. I don’t mind spending extra money to upgrade either to make it better suited for what we are going to do with it. I’ve read the 300’s take to mods better, Incase we need more power, but I’ve heard the rancher is a more comfortable ride which is important. Which one you guys think?
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personally ?, i'd steer clear of the trx350 ranchers !, go with a trx300. but you may wanna grab a 4x4 trx300 model !. sand dunes don't like 2wd very well..lol. and sooner or later your gonna wish you had bought a 4wd atv. the only down side of the trx300's ?, is getting parts for it !. honda is discontinuing more and more trx300 parts every day now, where is the rancher parts are every where. i'd still pick the trx300 over the trx350 ranchers in a heart beat though !.

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Both are extremely reliable. I know of plenty of 350 Ranchers that have hit 30-40,000km and my own is approaching 15,000km now with no major repairs other than the shift drum recall when it was still new. They are more comfortable and quite a bit faster on the top end than the 300ís, they handle better as well. The 350 Ranchers have a much more reliable rear end setup with the enclosed axle vs the 300ís design which really is the 300ís Achilles heel.
The 300ís are quite a bit more popular for mods, itís safe to say there is much more aftermarket support for the 300ís as far as upgrades go, the 350ís may be a little easier to get some OEM parts for being newer than the 300ís, but there is always aftermarket parts as well.

Anyway, both great machines, if you find a nice clean example of either one, I wouldnít hesitate to buy it.



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Thanks for the response guys. Shadetree, if you don’t mind me asking why exactly do you say to stay away from the rancher? And if Honda is cutting support to the 300 are there still other aftermarket companies building parts for it?
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I am going to pick up a 2006 Rancher 350 This Saturday with just under 3,000 miles, adult owner looks very nice. No parts available?

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I am going to pick up a 2006 Rancher 350 This Saturday with just under 3,000 miles, adult owner looks very nice. No parts available?
if your not a member yet ?, how did you post ??. there are plenty of oem new parts around still for the trx350 ranchers, its the trx300's that parts are hard to get oem new. once you join the site ?, you shouldn't see as many ad's ?, but then again, this site has gotten worse over the years for ads !!..lol.

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I am going to pick up a 2006 Rancher 350 This Saturday with just under 3,000 miles, adult owner looks very nice. No parts available?
if your not a member yet ?, how did you post ??. there are plenty of oem new parts around still for the trx350 ranchers, its the trx300's that parts are hard to get oem new. once you join the site ?, you shouldn't see as many ad's ?, but then again, this site has gotten worse over the years for ads !!..lol.
I don't mind the Ads, thats the way it is but the pop up video like I said. I really don't mind paying for a Membership if it helps.
I have owned off and on Motorcycles and Snowmobiles all my life. Never owned a ATV before just making sure if something goes wrong with the 2006 I can still get parts. Thanks for the reply.
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I am going to pick up a 2006 Rancher 350 This Saturday with just under 3,000 miles, adult owner looks very nice. No parts available?


if your not a member yet ?, how did you post ??. there are plenty of oem new parts around still for the trx350 ranchers, its the trx300's that parts are hard to get oem new. once you join the site ?, you shouldn't see as many ad's ?, but then again, this site has gotten worse over the years for ads !!..lol.


If you contribute to the site do the ads go away? Iím not sure maybe someone knows. I use an adblocker on chrome so I donít see ads anyway and there are very few on Tapatalk.


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I am going to pick up a 2006 Rancher 350 This Saturday with just under 3,000 miles, adult owner looks very nice. No parts available?


if your not a member yet ?, how did you post ??. there are plenty of oem new parts around still for the trx350 ranchers, its the trx300's that parts are hard to get oem new. once you join the site ?, you shouldn't see as many ad's ?, but then again, this site has gotten worse over the years for ads !!..lol.


If you contribute to the site do the ads go away? Iím not sure maybe someone knows. I use an adblocker on chrome so I donít see ads anyway and there are very few on Tapatalk.


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i'm not sure mac ?, but I know once you sign up/join ?, then the ads are not as bad. but like I said, here lately, the ads are out of control !!..lol.
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I am going to pick up a 2006 Rancher 350 This Saturday with just under 3,000 miles, adult owner looks very nice. No parts available?
if your not a member yet ?, how did you post ??. there are plenty of oem new parts around still for the trx350 ranchers, its the trx300's that parts are hard to get oem new. once you join the site ?, you shouldn't see as many ad's ?, but then again, this site has gotten worse over the years for ads !!..lol.
I don't mind the Ads, thats the way it is but the pop up video like I said. I really don't mind paying for a Membership if it helps.
I have owned off and on Motorcycles and Snowmobiles all my life. Never owned a ATV before just making sure if something goes wrong with the 2006 I can still get parts. Thanks for the reply.
Even carbs for the 04-06 are easy to get. I have an 02, 05 and 06 Rancher. They are great rigs. The trx300 are simpler and more nimble; the Ranchers are larger and have more power. I like the both very much. The trx300 has the 12v special accessory plug; 02 has the standard 12v power plug but the later models donítóa disappointment

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