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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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What's a reasonable rebuild estimate?

I've got a 2015 Honda Rancher 420 that took in some water in a pond mishap a while back. After being drained and flushed it ran fine, other than it now smokes. I figured it would need a top end at the very least and probably more. I got an estimate over the phone from a Honda dealer who said he wouldn't do the top end without also doing the bottom, and I was looking at around $2800. I finally got it to another dealer close to my home and was expecting a similar estimate. They called yesterday and said their current estimate was up to $5300 and they hadn't even gotten into the transmission yet. Am I wrong in thinking that this is a crazy amount for a rebuild?
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If you pay other people to do the work, you're going to pay through the nose, especially at a dealership.

They are likely covering their butts to account for replacing anything and everything they might find in there.

If you sank it the only way to be sure it's right is to clean out the bottom end. Otherwise residual dirt that came in with the water will stay in there and eventually eat up the new top end. You might need a crank too depending on what went in the motor when you sank it.

You could certainly get one cheaper. Best option is to do it yourself, but you can also buy rebuilt engines that are ready to bolt in.

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1200-1300 in parts, 300 in labor from me. bet ya wish ya used a boat instead of that rancher huh ?!...lol.
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For $5300 you could rebuild the whole ATV yourself! To me that seems absurd!!

If you have the time and some basic knowledge of internal combustion engines it's a job that is possible to do yourself.
Take photos of disassembly, reverse them for assembly. Download a factory service manual (available on this forum) any further questions, just ask here.
A fountain of knowledge is at hand when all members of this forum chime in.
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For $5300 you could rebuild the whole ATV yourself! To me that seems absurd!!

If you have the time and some basic knowledge of internal combustion engines it's a job that is possible to do yourself.
Take photos of disassembly, reverse them for assembly. Download a factory service manual (available on this forum) any further questions, just ask here.
A fountain of knowledge is at hand when all members of this forum chime in.
5300 he damn near can buy a brand new machine !..lol.
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If you have the time and some basic knowledge of internal combustion engines it's a job that is possible to do yourself.

Take photos of disassembly, reverse them for assembly. Download a factory service manual (available on this forum) any further questions, just ask here.

A fountain of knowledge is at hand when all members of this forum chime in.
5300 he damn near can buy a brand new machine !..lol.
Right! And for sure could by another 2015 420

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shadetree, has the best, price... unless you can do it yourself, i think..

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I'm currently half way through rebuilding a 300 fourtrax. The parts alone have so far cost me €2800 and that doesn't include the engine as it's the only part we haven't touched yet.

The good thing I will say is that you'll know what's good and bad with the bike when you repair it yourself and also save some money by not getting someone else to fix it for you, provided you have the time to do so.
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For $5300 you could rebuild the whole ATV yourself! To me that seems absurd!!
5300 he damn near can buy a brand new machine !..lol.
Local pricing in my neck of the woods.
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For $5300 you could rebuild the whole ATV yourself! To me that seems absurd!!
5300 he damn near can buy a brand new machine !..lol.
Local pricing in my neck of the woods.
you don't mention dealer set-up fee's, paper work, taxes, title, all that. by the time the dealership adds in all those cost ?, it will be right back at that 6k and more !..lol.

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