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I might be buying a 1997 Honda Forman 400 full time four wheel drive in a week or so. What are the pro's and con's to having a full time four wheel drive over one that can be taken in and out of four wheel drive? Also can this machine be driven on hard surface's like flat rocks, pavement, etc? I know my 4x4 truck should not be driven on pavement when it is in four wheel drive. Thank you to all who help me out. Northshore.
 

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I'm not sure about the Foremans but turning radius may be not as tight on a full time unit. Other than that I can't think of any draw back really. Its okay to drive them on hard surfaces just maintain the correct size/ratio on the tires. For instance on the 300's the back tires are an inch taller than the front. You can go up and down in size but you have to maintain that ratio.
 

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You shouldn't have any problems on paved roads with the full time FWD. My '95 TRX300 is full time FWD and it's been on pavement countless times.

Different tires make a difference on pavement as some act more squirrly than others. Son-in-Law had huge Mud Bugs on his Foreman 450 that were awsome off road but absoutely horrible on pavement. There are radial tires available that handle perfectly on pavement if you do a lot of that type of riding.

Selectable TWD or FWD is a nice option but you can also convert your FWD machine to do either. Prior to the manufacturers offering it as an option, Warn made a part that you bolt on to allow that option.

Shortly after I bought my wife a '04 Rancher with the selectable 2 wheel/4 wheel option I found out how much better it handled when in TWD than my '02Forman Rubicon with full time FWD. Two daughters, son and I all bought the '02 Rubicon's (couldn't pass up the deal) so I installed the Warn on all 4. Haven't had a single problem on any of them in the 6 years since.

I read that Warn discontinued making the item but you can still find them on ebay or other such places. I don't know if they are still available from Warn but you might do some searching around if you think it is something you could use. I can't think of what the correct name Warn used for the part but I can it for you if want it.
 

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The only time you really don't want to use 4 wheel drive on pavement is if you have locked diffs. The steering will feel a bit heavier on a full time 4x4.
 

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Yeah, the full time 4X4 just don't drive hardly as good, but you'll get used to it after you ride it a little. Yeah, the Warn 4-2-4 Select was discontinued, but you can find them on Ebay sometimes.

Other than that, the 400 Foreman is a great 4-wheeler.
 

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By far, a Warn 424 is the best mod one could make to a full time 4wd machine.

I installed one on a 05 Rancher 350 that I used to own and hardly ever put it in 4wd afterwards! Just more fun and easier to steer plus able to power slide the rear end around in spirited driving.

It's a shame Warn has discontinued the device.

While in 4wd, my Rancher was kind of unsettling at high speeds on pavement. 2wd made all the difference.
 

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By far, a Warn 424 is the best mod one could make to a full time 4wd machine.

I installed one on a 05 Rancher 350 that I used to own and hardly ever put it in 4wd afterwards! Just more fun and easier to steer plus able to power slide the rear end around in spirited driving.

It's a shame Warn has discontinued the device.

While in 4wd, my Rancher was kind of unsettling at high speeds on pavement. 2wd made all the difference.
Yeah, I don't know why Warn discontinued the 4-2-4. I know all the newer ATVs have the push button 4wd or "on command" system, but there's still tons and tons of people looking for the 4-2-4. Wonder why someone else don't start making them or something that works similar anyway?
 

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By far, a Warn 424 is the best mod one could make to a full time 4wd machine.

I installed one on a 05 Rancher 350 that I used to own and hardly ever put it in 4wd afterwards! Just more fun and easier to steer plus able to power slide the rear end around in spirited driving.

It's a shame Warn has discontinued the device.

While in 4wd, my Rancher was kind of unsettling at high speeds on pavement. 2wd made all the difference.
Yeah, I don't know why Warn discontinued the 4-2-4. I know all the newer ATVs have the push button 4wd or "on command" system, but there's still tons and tons of people looking for the 4-2-4. Wonder why someone else don't start making them or something that works similar anyway?
you make them and I will sell them.:biggrin:
 

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By far, a Warn 424 is the best mod one could make to a full time 4wd machine.

I installed one on a 05 Rancher 350 that I used to own and hardly ever put it in 4wd afterwards! Just more fun and easier to steer plus able to power slide the rear end around in spirited driving.

It's a shame Warn has discontinued the device.

While in 4wd, my Rancher was kind of unsettling at high speeds on pavement. 2wd made all the difference.
Yeah, I don't know why Warn discontinued the 4-2-4. I know all the newer ATVs have the push button 4wd or "on command" system, but there's still tons and tons of people looking for the 4-2-4. Wonder why someone else don't start making them or something that works similar anyway?
you make them and I will sell them.:biggrin:
If I had the equipment to make them, I would. But looks like someone who already has the equipment that manufactures other things like that, would pick that item up and make it.
 
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