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Rancher ES (not a problem yet)

Hello Everyone,

I'm really enjoying the forum and reading different posts. The last one I read said if your ES doesn't have problems it will eventually. Well, that got me to thinking "is there something I can do preventively?" So I asked and the one response was to have a good maintenance plan.


Can someone advise what specifically I should do to keep the ES maintained? Should I order and have on hand a few spare parts for the ES?

Any thoughts or experiences?

I spent about 45 minutes reading and watching youtube videos about what might become a problem.

Thanks and have a good day.

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just guessing ?, i'd keep angle sensors on hand, good grease, and stay the heck out of any water !!!..lol.

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Hi Shadetree,

Would you recommend pulling the mechanism apart and regreasing it as a preventative measure? With all the rain and snow we've up here I'm sure there will be some small river crossings in the future. We are middle-aged riders and don't do anything crazy we just like to load up the bbq and get as far from crowds as we can. My wife would wring my neck if we had to walk out 10 miles and then put me in the dog house.
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yes taking it apart and re filling with fresh white lithium grease every so often would be a great idea, consider it like a PM, when doing oil changes or every other one IMO
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yep, some fresh grease in the front shifting area is ALWAYS a good idea !.

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Here ya go... click this link an' read that post, then click on the link inside it and follow every direction in both of those.

https://www.hondaatvforums.net/forum...ml#post1244546

Don't ever put lithium grease under the reduction gears cover or inside the bearings, use synthetic bearing grease only. Lithium grease from the factory is just one of the big problems you gotta fix.

Incidentally, I tore that bike down for a winter maintenance session a while back and guess what...? Yap, you guessed it! The Mobil 1 grease that I used everywhere remained on all of those parts exactly where I put it... they were all still soaking wet with grease and looked like the bike had not even been used yet! The interior of the shift motor was still perfectly clean too, no wear whatsoever! Every support bearing held onto its grease repacking too. None of those good things are ever gonna happen to you if you follow Honda's advice and put that crappy grease in them!

If you're serious about making your ES bike reliable and trouble-free, thar's the best recipe for it right there. And the best part about that guide is ya only gotta do the work once per every 10-15 years or so. :-)

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Something else to do when you are doing maint. is to check the clutch adjustment.
I've fixed several ES bikes that were having shifting problems by simply adjusting the clutch.
The clutch does wear and need to be adjusted.
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What the guys above said, and most importantly, verify that your emergency shifter is on the bike, so if you do have ES problems, you can manually shift it to get you home. Then you don't have to worry about the wife getting mad at you.
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What the guys above said, and most importantly, verify that your emergency shifter is on the bike, so if you do have ES problems, you can manually shift it to get you home. Then you don't have to worry about the wife getting mad at you.
... not getting mad about the quad not shifting anyways lols...

Keep your battery on a tender and it should last at least five years. I lent my 350ES to another shop leadódidnít keep it plugged in; the battery failed within 3 years.

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