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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-29-2017, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I recently bought a 2004 Honda Rancher 4x4 for $1,000. It is the semi-auto, foot shift model, and was just wondering what you guys thought about them? Mine is going to need swing arm bearings, they are pretty bad to the point I can feel the whole rear end seeming loose, and can shake it back and forth quite a bit. It seems to start up and run fine, just a little clicky which I assume is the valves. I've ordered a bunch of parts for it, but just wondering what I should pay most attention to? The brakes suck, so I ordered new front and rear, I'll also change the oil. What am I missing??
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Honda breaks are trash so get highlifters disc break conversion for sure, I've owned 3 of these and two of them have been mud bikes, the carburetors never last around water and neither do top ends, but overall these bikes are tanks, great machines dispute what other haters say, good buy

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Hahaha I hope the top end isn't bad, I'm pretty sure the clicking is just the valves needing to be re-tightened. Dealer wants $350 to do it so gonna have to figure something else out. Also, here's a pic:Click the image to open in full size.


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Now why would you use that sort of language?
Please edit your post and remove your needless adjective

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I like mine. Can't kill it. Adjusting the valves doesn't take very long, pretty easy to save yourself that $350 lol.

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Now why would you use that sort of language?
Please edit your post and remove your needless adjective
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Thanks very much.
You will like this machine. I have 2 of the 04-06 year group in my herd. The carburetors caused me some problems -- the starter valves like to spring back open before the engine is warm. I especially like the 12v plug in the cowl very handy. Parts for this one much easier to find than your other rig!
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Ranchers 350 are great machines, I have two 2001's.

That looks like the machine I just saw this past week for sale on New Hampshire's Craigslist for $1,200. I thought it was a great deal, and thought about getting myself, but I already have three machines. I would have to convince my wife that it would be a winter project and I would sell it later. For $1,000 it's worth fixing the items you described, after you are done you will have a great machine.

I look on Mass, New Hampshire and Maine's Craigslist all the time. I also noticed you had the older 350 Foreman for sale on Craigslist, looked like the same pictures you posted on here, did you sell that machine? I Don't see it up for sale anymore?
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you will need a 17mm allen wrench to remove the swing arm bolts, and a cheater pipe or hammer ?, cheater pipe works best, as you won't beat the crap out of the end of the allen wrench. now is a good time to go through everything, oil, brakes,bearings,air filter, sprak plug, seals, top to bottom, front to back, check everything !.

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Ranchers 350 are great machines, I have two 2001's.

That looks like the machine I just saw this past week for sale on New Hampshire's Craigslist for $1,200. I thought it was a great deal, and thought about getting myself, but I already have three machines. I would have to convince my wife that it would be a winter project and I would sell it later. For $1,000 it's worth fixing the items you described, after you are done you will have a great machine.

I look on Mass, New Hampshire and Maine's Craigslist all the time. I also noticed you had the older 350 Foreman for sale on Craigslist, looked like the same pictures you posted on here, did you sell that machine? I Don't see it up for sale anymore?
haha, I have 3 atvs in my herd now, never can have to many Honda atvs !..lol. ( and no wife ! )..lmao.
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