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Hey everyone I'm new here but I'm having some troubles with this rancher I just bought. It will do fine in first gear but if you shift to second it won't hardly move 3rd through 5th it will only jump a little. I adjusted the clutchs but still no luck. And the gear shifter wants to stick up when you put it in gear and have to move it down with your foot everytime you change the gears. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hello,

We will need to know the 420 Rancher model you have (TM,TE,FE,AT,FPE, etc.) before we can help you. If you have any other info about the bikes' history, that will help too.

In the meantime you can get a copy of the service manual HERE. You will need the FSM to fix your Rancher.

Welcome to the forums!
 

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And I really don't know much history on it. We live in a very small town and it's been romured that this four wheeler has been through it all is pretty much all I know. It seems very clean though.
 

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welcome to the forums. my money says you need to have a look at the front area of the shifting drum for parts that are bad ?. when the foot shifter won't return ?, then this tells me the return spring is broken ?, or something right there is not right ?.
 

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If your wheeler has 'been through it all' it sounds like it may also benefit some fresh oil and a new filter. Not sure how knowledgeable you are with ATV's but MAKE SURE you use wet clutch (motorcycle type) 10w 40 grade oil. NOT standard car/motor engine oil.

Changing the oil in my bosses 420 made a HUGE difference, he skipped 5 oil changes, gear change s became seriously difficult but the gear lever never stuck, fresh oil transformed shifting.
 

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Yea I already knew to use non synthetic I've already changed the oil and filter. I got to messing around the bolt that adjust the clutches and tightened way beyond what it says to and actually got second and third gear with no problems fourth and fifth would go but if you give it to much throttle it'll just slip. I'm gonna try to change the clutch and see what happens. I may have to take it to the local Honda dealer but that's my last resort.
 

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It's got to have new rings too. It smokes like a freight train lol. But that's no problem for me to change the rings. I'm just not used to messing around with the clutches.
 

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Okay.. stop...

Synthetic or non synthetic is irrelevant.. It HAS to be for WET CLUTCHES. If you've used any motor oil that was synthetic then it may stand every possibility that you've screwed up your clutch friction plates by doing so.
If you did use regular motor oil then don't go buying new clutches just yet, get the correct oil first. You can download a copy of the FSM (factory service manual) from the manual and schematic help section of this forum.
 

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Yes what Sam said. You MUST use atv wet clutch oil or it can cause problems just like yours which would mean you need new clutch plates.
Here's the Walmart version but it may be too late.
Does your bike make a winding down noise when you turn the engine off?
 

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