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So i emailed reduction boss and they dont make a GR for this bike, and i cant find one anywhere else either. Im actually having a very hard time finding anything for this bike...
soooo it looks like all im going to do is snorkel it for good measure, and put some 27" outlaws on it as i think it should spin them in low? Clutch kit. And 2" bracket lift if need be to clear 27's.
And then just enjoy it for what it is.
 

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Nobody makes a GR for the Hondamatic Rubicons

You'll be able to turn 27" Outlaws in Low Range, but if you get in any really thick stuff you'll bog down. I have 27" Mudbugs on mine, and they're about as big/heavy as I'd want to go. Bugs are a really light tire, where Outlaws are quite a bit heavier. You could probably get by with the Laws, just be warned you'll see a pretty big power loss due to the weight

I have a Perfex Long Travel kit on mine. Gives about 1.5" of lift, but more importantly, a much better ride. They are discontinued but there are still some on ebay.

This one will fit. https://www.ebay.com/itm/15-31234-ATV-1-5-LONG-TRAVEL-LIFT-KIT-Honda-TRX-500-Foreman-2005-2011/263501523664?hash=item3d59ea2ad0:g:CwQAAOSwNmVah0ZP

There is also a reverse mod that will give you full power and speed in reverse if that's something you're interested in. Basically tricks the computer into thinking it's in forward gears, when it's actually in reverse, so you can hammer on the throttle to back out of trouble. You just have to be careful letting other people ride your rig with it like that as someone could get hurt.
 

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Nobody makes a GR for the Hondamatic Rubicons

You'll be able to turn 27" Outlaws in Low Range, but if you get in any really thick stuff you'll bog down. I have 27" Mudbugs on mine, and they're about as big/heavy as I'd want to go. Bugs are a really light tire, where Outlaws are quite a bit heavier. You could probably get by with the Laws, just be warned you'll see a pretty big power loss due to the weight

I have a Perfex Long Travel kit on mine. Gives about 1.5" of lift, but more importantly, a much better ride. They are discontinued but there are still some on ebay.

This one will fit. https://www.ebay.com/itm/15-31234-ATV-1-5-LONG-TRAVEL-LIFT-KIT-Honda-TRX-500-Foreman-2005-2011/263501523664?hash=item3d59ea2ad0:g:CwQAAOSwNmVah0ZP

There is also a reverse mod that will give you full power and speed in reverse if that's something you're interested in. Basically tricks the computer into thinking it's in forward gears, when it's actually in reverse, so you can hammer on the throttle to back out of trouble. You just have to be careful letting other people ride your rig with it like that as someone could get hurt.
Thanks for the info. I think i may just try some 27" zillas and see how they do before i try the laws. And thanks for the link on the lift, and the pointer on the reverse
 

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Nobody makes a GR for the Hondamatic Rubicons

You'll be able to turn 27" Outlaws in Low Range, but if you get in any really thick stuff you'll bog down. I have 27" Mudbugs on mine, and they're about as big/heavy as I'd want to go. Bugs are a really light tire, where Outlaws are quite a bit heavier. You could probably get by with the Laws, just be warned you'll see a pretty big power loss due to the weight

I have a Perfex Long Travel kit on mine. Gives about 1.5" of lift, but more importantly, a much better ride. They are discontinued but there are still some on ebay.

This one will fit. https://www.ebay.com/itm/15-31234-ATV-1-5-LONG-TRAVEL-LIFT-KIT-Honda-TRX-500-Foreman-2005-2011/263501523664?hash=item3d59ea2ad0:g:CwQAAOSwNmVah0ZP

There is also a reverse mod that will give you full power and speed in reverse if that's something you're interested in. Basically tricks the computer into thinking it's in forward gears, when it's actually in reverse, so you can hammer on the throttle to back out of trouble. You just have to be careful letting other people ride your rig with it like that as someone could get hurt.
Thanks for the info. I think i may just try some 27" zillas and see how they do before i try the laws. And thanks for the link on the lift, and the pointer on the reverse
Check out the Mudbugs. Same company that makes the Zilla, but the Bugs have more paddle than the zillas do. About the same price too. I bought one set after Mac talked me into it, and am now running 3 sets, and two of my buddies have bought them for their ATV's after riding my bikes with them.
 

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No GR for the Rubicon. Setup seems ok, tough call between bugs and Zilla's. 28x9 zilla's will be really light and easy to spin, but I do like the Mud Bugs A LOT. lol.

I wouldn't go too crazy with power mods, the Rubicon's trans just seems to soak it all up anyway. Most people just sink a ton of money in them to end up still disappointed then sell them at a loss and get a different bike....IMO if you want to build a MUD BIKE, you're starting off at a disadvantage....
 

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I had a Rubicon practically given to me a few months ago. Had electrical issues (used harness fixed those) and the swingarm bolts had backed out and wallowed out the holes (
used frame from PSN fixed that). I cleaned and greased everything when I moved stuff over from the screwed up frame to the good one.

Things runs good, and cleaned up really well. Only problem now is my kid keeps wanting to ride that one because she's lazy and doesn't like footshifting her Rancher.

I was going to flip it, but think I might hang onto it for a cruiser/ company bike. I always end up stressing out when friends and inlaws are on my footshifts and don't know how to choose gears, so you hear them struggling on a hill and realize they're in 3rd gear and don't know to downshift.
 

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No GR for the Rubicon. Setup seems ok, tough call between bugs and Zilla's. 28x9 zilla's will be really light and easy to spin, but I do like the Mud Bugs A LOT. lol.

I wouldn't go too crazy with power mods, the Rubicon's trans just seems to soak it all up anyway. Most people just sink a ton of money in them to end up still disappointed then sell them at a loss and get a different bike....IMO if you want to build a MUD BIKE, you're starting off at a disadvantage....
I knew getting into this it wasn't the best wheeler to start with but i bought through my uncles estate so i had to keep it in the family.
I've seen it mentioned before but havent heard any definitive answers on it...what if i ran 28 wide mudbugs rear and 28 skinny zillas in the front. Seems like it would be a decent compromise. And yes the more i look into this the more i realize there just isnt much for these wheelers as far as serious mud gear goes. I did run it in one of the creeks that i wheel last night and it turned the heavy 26's its got on it now no problem! Just definitely not the right tire, so i feel it would turn a light 28 perfectly fine for the types of holes i hit
 

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No GR for the Rubicon. Setup seems ok, tough call between bugs and Zilla's. 28x9 zilla's will be really light and easy to spin, but I do like the Mud Bugs A LOT. lol.

I wouldn't go too crazy with power mods, the Rubicon's trans just seems to soak it all up anyway. Most people just sink a ton of money in them to end up still disappointed then sell them at a loss and get a different bike....IMO if you want to build a MUD BIKE, you're starting off at a disadvantage....
I knew getting into this it wasn't the best wheeler to start with but i bought through my uncles estate so i had to keep it in the family.
I've seen it mentioned before but havent heard any definitive answers on it...what if i ran 28 wide mudbugs rear and 28 skinny zillas in the front. Seems like it would be a decent compromise. And yes the more i look into this the more i realize there just isnt much for these wheelers as far as serious mud gear goes. I did run it in one of the creeks that i wheel last night and it turned the heavy 26's its got on it now no problem! Just definitely not the right tire, so i feel it would turn a light 28 perfectly fine for the types of holes i hit
I wouldn;t mix tires, mainly due to one tire will most likely be taller than the other, none of the OEM tire makers run true to the size on the side wall!
so then you start to have to think about drive live bind, or added stress from mix matched OD in tires!
my 2 cents LOL
 

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No GR for the Rubicon. Setup seems ok, tough call between bugs and Zilla's. 28x9 zilla's will be really light and easy to spin, but I do like the Mud Bugs A LOT. lol.

I wouldn't go too crazy with power mods, the Rubicon's trans just seems to soak it all up anyway. Most people just sink a ton of money in them to end up still disappointed then sell them at a loss and get a different bike....IMO if you want to build a MUD BIKE, you're starting off at a disadvantage....
I knew getting into this it wasn't the best wheeler to start with but i bought through my uncles estate so i had to keep it in the family.
I've seen it mentioned before but havent heard any definitive answers on it...what if i ran 28 wide mudbugs rear and 28 skinny zillas in the front. Seems like it would be a decent compromise. And yes the more i look into this the more i realize there just isnt much for these wheelers as far as serious mud gear goes. I did run it in one of the creeks that i wheel last night and it turned the heavy 26's its got on it now no problem! Just definitely not the right tire, so i feel it would turn a light 28 perfectly fine for the types of holes i hit
I wouldn't go over a 27. I have 27" Mudbugs on an 09 footshift Foreman, I have 28" Mudbugs on an identical 06 footshift Foreman, and 27" Mudbugs on the Rubicon.

The bikes with 27's pull the same. That is, they pull the 27's but you can tell the tires are bigger than stock.

The Foreman I have with 28's needs a GR. It's fine on trails, but if I get in thick stuff I have to stay in 1st gear to pull them. The Rubicon will be the same way, but there is no GR available.

Stick with 27's. I had to put a rear stretch on 06 to fit the 28's too, so that's another issue you create going that big.
 

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Im going to go with mudbugs 27-12-12 rear and 27-10-12 front on my factory wheels. My lift should be here early next week and tires will come whenever the wife allows lol. Sooner than later.
Thanks again for everyones help. I'll post pics as it comes together
 

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So i ordered a pair of 27-12-12 bugs to see them in person before i buy all 4. They should be here next week.
Quick question, i have seen that the 27 bugs run nowhere near true to size, but these all seemed to be older posts..is the sizing on the 27s still inaccurate or did maxxis fix this?
I will be returning them if they are not what i was expecting
 

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So i ordered a pair of 27-12-12 bugs to see them in person before i buy all 4. They should be here next week.
Quick question, i have seen that the 27 bugs run nowhere near true to size, but these all seemed to be older posts..is the sizing on the 27s still inaccurate or did maxxis fix this?
I will be returning them if they are not what i was expecting
My 27's ran as big as my 27" Executioners and are bigger than my 26" Super Swampers and 26" Mudweisers. I can measure but it will be the weekend before I can do it. They will definitely measure short until you get them mounted and aired up, so keep that in mind when you get them.
 

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I wouldn’t be surprised if they were closer to 26 than 27. Zillas are the same way. Executioners too.


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