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I've got a 250 Recon. Love this unit. The only issue I have with it right now is that the manual choke cable drifts (it won't stay where I put it). I'll be correcting that small annoyance this afternoon. Outside of that, the unit is solid. Light weight, manuverable, plenty of power. The size of this ATV also makes it great for getting through tight spots. I got this ATV because I want to be able to keep up with my son (got him a TRX90 for Christmas) and go trailing and camping together. This fits the bill to a "T".
 

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Looks like I've stumbled on a relatively new forum.

I've got a 250 Recon. Love this unit. The only issue I have with it right now is that the manual choke cable drifts (it won't stay where I put it). I'll be correcting that small annoyance this afternoon. Outside of that, the unit is solid. Light weight, manuverable, plenty of power. The size of this ATV also makes it great for getting through tight spots. I got this ATV because I want to be able to keep up with my son (got him a TRX90 for Christmas) and go trailing and camping together. This fits the bill to a "T".
Where are you located in NC dude? I used to have A 250ex (basically a recon with diff. plastics and geard a little diff) and man did I love that thing. Honda is the best for reliability and quality out there. Even though they are slow on some things, ya just can't beat them.
 

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i have an 07 500 foreman with some mods still needs more power
sole purpose playing in mud
hm 2" pvc snorkle
2" hl lift with hl spring kit
3.5" spacers rear
rear rims all around
little outlaws
welded front diff
warn front bumper stock removed
aux lights on front bumper
warn 2.5 winch
front light mod
fan mod
k&n filter
dj jet kit
hmf exhaust
je pistons bbk
web cam torque grind
polished and ported head
hl clutch kit
soon to get gear reduction and stroked crank

has only had 3 broken cv's front left broken now 1 rear uv joint and had the swing arm come loose doing around 50 in a curve so far lol

and my 03 450s
26x10x12f 26x12x12r vamps
1.5" and 2" spacers front and rear
warn 2.5 winch
k&n filter with outer wears
dj jet kit
hmf exhaust
head port and polished
and some other goodies inside motor
 

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I have a new 08 Foreman 500. The only thing I have noticed so far is that the choke doesn't want to stay out. I pull it out and it creeps back in. I noticed that it would not want to idle and giving it more gas just caused it to run ragged. That was when i noticed the choke was not staying when pulled out. Now I just hold it open until it warms up. Gosh, so many new things to learn about an atv...
 

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I have a new 08 Foreman 500. The only thing I have noticed so far is that the choke doesn't want to stay out. I pull it out and it creeps back in. I noticed that it would not want to idle and giving it more gas just caused it to run ragged. That was when i noticed the choke was not staying when pulled out. Now I just hold it open until it warms up. Gosh, so many new things to learn about an atv...
There is an adjustment nut you can tighten up with your fingers that clamps down on the cable itslef that will keep the choke cable from drifting close on you.

Look at the choke handle, right below that is a rubber protective cover with a spring clamp. Inside of this rubber is the adjustment nut. Slide the spring type clamp up toward the choke handle about 1/2" from where it was, squeese the rubber hard enough with your fingers and turn it clockwise (this tightens it). Trust me, there is a plastic nut directly under the rubber. I'm guessing Honda put the rubber over the choke cable to keep water from going down and inside of the cable itself?

You're going to have to look at this so you can get the general idea. But if you were to slide the rubber up you'd see the plastic nut I'm talking about. Every Honda I've owned does this same exact thing, so I always turn the nut in and this keeps the choke from creeping back to the off position before the engine is warmed up.

Oh, it's too bad the Honda Service Manual doesn't show this at all (at least mine doesn't). Once you finish adjusting the nut in, remember to make sure the rubber is back into place and the spring clamp is where it came from.

Don't use plyers either. The sharp edges will cut through the protective rubber and water will leak through. And plyers or wrenches will tighten the cable too much and may cause the plastic nut to either strip, or break. It's designed to tighten by hand only.

Good Luck. (Bustamove)
 

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Thanks Busta there are probably several of us foreman owners who need that!!!! Thank's
 

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Thanks Busta, I will check this tomorrow morning. It sounds so simple. I have been all through the owners manual and caryfire is right, it is not mentioned. Thanks again for the information. The service manual is the next thing I am investing in for the bike.
 

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I have a new 08 Foreman 500. The only thing I have noticed so far is that the choke doesn't want to stay out. I pull it out and it creeps back in. I noticed that it would not want to idle and giving it more gas just caused it to run ragged. That was when i noticed the choke was not staying when pulled out. Now I just hold it open until it warms up. Gosh, so many new things to learn about an atv...
same with me mate
 

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Hey Busta, Just wanted to shout out another thanks. I found the nut and now the choke works like it should. I love forums...
 

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1988 300 Fourtrax mods: a milk crate strapped on front rack.
2004 Rancher ES
2005 Foreman 4X4 ES
 

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Hi all 1st. post. I have a 2004 Foreman 450ES. Mods include a 3000 lb. warn winch, windshield, back seat and bear Claw tires. It has 2800 Kms. and 182 hours on it. I also have a 94 Polaris 300 2 stroke stock except for 589 rear tires and a 1500 lb. winch
 

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Hey Busta, Just wanted to shout out another thanks. I found the nut and now the choke works like it should. I love forums...
Anytime we can help. That is what Forums are all about. Just glad all it took was a simple twist of a well hidden plastic nut.
 

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I guess as some know I've been working on this since I got it (I've put ZERO MILES on this thing since I put it on the trailer to bring it home from the dealership)

I have it sitting on the ATV lift table right now so I can add the winch (already done) and if I ever get the center plow mount bracket and hardware to come in? I'll get that done as well.

I got it new (one of the models they didn't sell for two years), it's a 2007 TRX500FM 4X4, I just wanted something simple and not so damn expensive. When I was a little younger I used to own a TRX250X that was plain fast for what it was. This time I thought about being a little older and easier to break up than I used to be, so I also wanted something SLOWER.
 

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That thing looks great. Were did you get the lift table??
Years ago when the China Tool Co (Harbor Freight) started selling motorcycle lifts I got one. It was the standard foot pump-jack with the foot release because they didn't sell any of these that operated on air then.

It cost me $250.00 and I was happy with it until they came out with the air operated version, and then they offered the professional table (which they now sell for $450.00). I converted mine by purchasing the extension wings to make the table wider a couple of weeks ago ($200.00) plus I ordered the air jack assembly and it's related components ($150.00).

I did some revamping and built my own heavy duty model using everything I had that's now wide enough to do repairs on ATV's and Lawn Tractors. I'm still ahead of the cost considering? The heavy duty model is $450.00, plus the extension wings are another $200.00. This brings the total to $650.00

What I built is as good for $600.00 total. But now since they introduced much better heavy duty tables, so has everyone else for that matter. I believe a company called Ranger has a decent set-up, as do several other manufacturers.

I got this table when the cheapest thing out there was some super expensive commercial table ($1500.00 and up). I think I got mine around 2000 or 2001, so that tells you how long ago it was. I did hear of some lifts that had crappy soft bolts that were shearing off (on a 1000 lb lift) which made it hard for me to believe? And honestly I never saw any of that. Mine has served me well for what I do. But I'm always looking for a commercial table someone has pulled from a out of business shop. I have people looking, but until that time comes? I'll use the old trusty Chinese Lift.

I've always wanted a nice table. But how much doyou want to spend on something you don't use that often? And I work on others ATV's as well, but not enough to dictate the $1500.00 and up price tag.
 
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