Rubicon Or Foreman 500 - Honda ATV Forum
ATV Purchasing and Price Getting ready to purchase your first ATV? Discussions concerning ATV comparisons, models, prices, and all purchasing related questions.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
JohnnyB450s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Owensboro KY
Posts: 49
Rubicon Or Foreman 500

Im sure ill be in the process of getting a new atv at some point and was wondering what would be better a foreman 500 i would get the (foot shift model) or the rubicon (again i would get just the base model) i had a buddy that had one and it seemed to do very well. but never really got a chance to ride it? so was wanting peoples opinion in reliablity mainly and if the hondamatic trans and being able to switch drive modes worth it?

03 foreman 450
Stock
Maxxis Mudbugs

03 400ex
Hmf Slip-on
Uni Filter
Kenda Klaws
JohnnyB450s is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 02:07 PM
Super Moderator
Supporting Member
 
kentco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Posts: 10,717
Liked: 1480 times
Johnny, Each is as reliable as the other. They both have about the same ground clearance, and they both have the same engine. Yes, being able to switch drive modes is nice and a feature worth considering.

Honestly, I would put the two of the side by side; compare features and price, and pick the one that would best suit your needs and likes.

The Hondamatic transmissions are extremely reliable. Remember, when you come to a forum, such as this, you're only going to hear from the very few who do have a problem (with anything). However, you never hear from those who have no problems. Honda sells about 8 automatics to every manual shift (of all models).

To increase the reliability of any model, keep it as close to stock as possible. (Stock size tires, or maybe an inch or two larger, but no larger than 2" over stock. Avoid lifts, snorkels, and don't take the machine swimming).





USFS Motorized Trail Maintenance Volunteer
kentco is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 02:30 PM
Senior Member
 
stu5969's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Mansfield, PA
Posts: 1,969
Liked: 30 times
The Rubicon comes with a 499cc 4 valve engine and a carburetor, and I believe it comes with a back up recoil. The trans on these is super smooth and made to tow, but an expensive repair if it ever went bad but I believe them to be very good.

The Foreman has a bigger bore Rancher engine with 475cc and a 2 valve head,,both machines are pushrod engines and EFI on the Foreman. Can't really go wrong with either machine, but for me the Rubicon would get my vote for its extra power and super smooth shifting tranny...Test ride them both and decide.

05 Suzuki DR650, Mikuni TM40 flatslide pumper carb,JE 10.5:1 piston,stage 2#190 Webcam,open airbox, Twin Air,full FMF system,Pingel fuel valve,Ricor Racing rear shock, Ricor Racing fork Intiminators, Progressive springs, Sargeant seat,DRZ250 tailight,custom plate,LED's,GPS,sumo fender,PT bars,Cycra brushguards IMS lowered pegs, aluminum skid,bearing chain roller,Pirelli,tank bag(gone)

06 Zuk KQ700, Kenda Bearclaw HTR radials Warn RT25 w/ syn. line, 1.5mm clutch shims
stu5969 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
JohnnyB450s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Owensboro KY
Posts: 49
Ive rode a froeman 500 but it want a brand new one. and i would probably end up with a snorkel (snorkel mainly just for insurance) and atleast 27in tires. i love the mud but am not interested in just riding in creeks up past the my third headlight. thats why i ask about the reliability of the hondamatic in conditions like that. i have never owned an automatic before so a part of me would like it but dont want to regret it.

03 foreman 450
Stock
Maxxis Mudbugs

03 400ex
Hmf Slip-on
Uni Filter
Kenda Klaws
JohnnyB450s is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 11:46 AM
Senior Member
 
Toytec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 248
Don't be afraid of the automatic, they are dependable.
I use mine for plowing snow, mowing weeds, spraying weeds and playing when the work is done!

Click the image to open in full size.

2004 TRX450R
TWO 2000 Polaris 500 sportsman's

2006 Foreman 500
ITP SS108 wheels with 27" Kenda Bearclaw Tires
2" lift
Superwinch 3500 Terra
60" Warn Provantage plow when needed!
15" LED light bar!
3 light HID upgrade
Toytec is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 12:58 PM
Junior Member
 
Wasatch's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 17
I like my Foreman and I do not regret my purchase. I have not ridden a Rubicon with the hondamatic but I have ridden the rancher AT and I thought that the automatic option on the rancher was a joke. Not knocking the ranchers as I think they are an awesome machine. I'm just saying that if I bought one I would always have it in electric shift mode because the automatic seems very choppy trying to shift through the gears.

Having said all this, I've heard nothing but great things about the automatic on the Rubicon. I'm going to keep my Foreman forever but once it is paid off I'm going to be on the hunt for an automatic. My first stop will be testing out the Rubicon and Rincon to see if their automatics are any smoother than the rancher AT. Maybe by then the rancher will have a smoother automatic transmission.

2013 Honda Foreman
4x4 / Manual
Fuel Injection
Power Steering
Wasatch is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
JohnnyB450s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Owensboro KY
Posts: 49
yes i have heard the same thing about the rancher At. and i think when im in the process of getting a new atv i will look into the rubicon. i love foot shifts but looking for something diff i think. thanks for your input guys im glad no ones had any trouble out of there rubicons.

03 foreman 450
Stock
Maxxis Mudbugs

03 400ex
Hmf Slip-on
Uni Filter
Kenda Klaws
JohnnyB450s is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 04:09 PM
Super Moderator
Supporting Member
 
kentco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Grand Lake, CO
Posts: 10,717
Liked: 1480 times
Johnny, Don't be afraid of the automatics AT ALL. Most of the people who say negative things about the automatics have never owned one, and have only listened to problems from the very few who have had a problem (with an automatic). Honda sells 8 times more automatics than manual shifts, and they work very well. The Rubicon absolutely has the smoothest transmission of all the models; whether it is in manual shift mode (ESP) or full automatic. It's transmission shifts as smooth as a car transmission does. However, it is just a 3-speed transmission. The 3-speed works well because it has a good, strong engine behind it. But, if you're going to be doing a fair amount of work with your atv, you'll be happier with a 5-speed transmission.





USFS Motorized Trail Maintenance Volunteer
kentco is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
JohnnyB450s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Owensboro KY
Posts: 49
I dont do any work really with my atv soo thts not a problem and im jus afraid of running into a problem because of the cost. but im starting another thread now about a 04 project rubicon im going to look at sunday

03 foreman 450
Stock
Maxxis Mudbugs

03 400ex
Hmf Slip-on
Uni Filter
Kenda Klaws
JohnnyB450s is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 08:20 AM
Member
 
foreman56's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 49
Rubicon Or Foreman 500

Once the rubicon is updated with EFI and better brakes like the foreman, I might get one. Very unique tranny

2012 FOREMAN OLIVE
manual shift
Power Steering
MAXXIS BIGHORN 28x10-14 on all 4 corners
ITP SS312
AP A-ARM GUARDS
HONDA Skid plate and rear swing arm guard
K&N air filter with sleeve
foreman56 is offline  
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Honda ATV Forum > Honda ATV Discussions > ATV Purchasing and Price

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda ATV Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome