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My name is Ryan I found this forum when I was looking for info on buying a atv. I have moved outside the city of Tallahassee and Im looking for a nice atv. For use out in the woods and just all around fun. I don’t own any atv myself but for the last 3months have been riding my friends extra one. So when I saw this forum I thought why not. I won’t be able to buy anything until after the first of the year :frown: But why not get a head start and do some research be for just jumping into something?? I’m looking for something that I can take out on a all day trip and something that can go over rough stuff like rocky hills small streams ect.
So if anyone can give any input on what I should start my search on would be greatly appreciated.
Thanx in advance!
 

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Rancher. End of discussion.

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Just kidding. It sort of depends on your price range, but the rancher is sort of the go-to machine for all purpose stuff. Small enough, yet big enough, blah blah blah.
 

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I also had in mind to maybe rebuild one. I like to rebuild honda cars why not the bikes too? Im not looking to spend more than $600 or so. Just something that me and my buddy can go out of the day and not get stuck..lol...Also something thats not auto.
He has a honda 300 4x4 but that’s all I know about his. I know nothing when it comes to atvs. But that’s why I’m hear to learn.
 

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I can regurgitate information I've read and heard myself. The Honda fourtrax 300 89-2000 are all basically the same machine with very minor differences, but the guts of the machine are all the same.

They are the highest selling machine and also probably the most or one of the most reliable machines out there. So, with that said, you will probably find a lot of parts available for them because so many were made, and also if you got one rebuilt it would do just about anything you would ever want in an all purpose machine.

ADDED: When looking for parts for my old machine, I noticed on eBay that 300 parts are everywhere. So, if one were to drawn any conclusion, I would suggest to start looking for a 300. Go over to eBay and just look at the parts available, and determine from there which models would be the best ones to try to find to rebuild.
 

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Awesome info pain!!! Now if I rebuild myself a 300 are they modifiable? Like internally to maybe make a little more power over stock?...lol I think in terms of honda cars there is just sooooooooo much you can do to them. I just donno if honda bikes/atvs are the same way.
 

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I would be guessing, but this is my TRX350, which is the grandfather of the present day foreman, and also the basic skeleton of the 300, if I understand correctly. Look at the shape of the body and compare this one to the 300, and they look pretty much the same under the skin.

Now, mine is a 350 and I think they used the same engine just a smaller bore, so you can take from that what you will.
 

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Now, mine is a 350 and I think they used the same engine just a smaller bore, so you can take from that what you will.
How big off a difference is the bore and power 300 vs. 350??
 

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I am more or less a novice at this stuff, so someone else will need to take it from here. I just have done some reading and learned a few things, but I've exhausted my knowledge. ;)
 

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lol sorry. I’m just thinking of building one up. Build the motor myself and have a fresh engine to start with. Can anyone point me in a direction on this forum of some engine builds for 300s?? If there are any...thanx
 

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Well theyare no V-Techs for sure but these engines are very buildable. I would start with the bolt on mods first, Nice air filter Uni or K&N, then on to the exhaust, FMF, HMF are a couple of good ones. Next I would do a carb upgrade eg. Jetting... with these mods you will see a conciderable difference in power anything beyond that you will have to change the cam, piston bore ect. My quad is by no means a rocket but for a 250 it screams. I have raced and beaten a 300ex that had bolt on mods it wasnt until I was topped out that he started to gain on me that's where the stroke comes into play. I say play around with the tire sizes too I think your shaft drive so earing won't work for you. good luck and keep us posted.

Awesome info pain!!! Now if I rebuild myself a 300 are they modifiable? Like internally to maybe make a little more power over stock?...lol I think in terms of honda cars there is just sooooooooo much you can do to them. I just donno if honda bikes/atvs are the same way.
 

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yeah I kind of figured there was no vtec for the atvs lol. I’m not really looking to race it or anything like that. It going to be more for all day trail rides and cruising. I would like to get more top speed for when we go out cruising in the open fields and such. But I still want the low end to pull me through just about anything with in reason.
Well if I get a motor I’m going to end up opening up the engine. I have a tick about any engine I get I have to pop the head and look at the cyl walls to see how much ware they have.
Now if I don’t touch the internals to the engine and do bolt ones like you said. How bad will it affect the mpg??
 

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You will get better by helping it breathe.
 

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Depends a lot on how hard you ride.
 

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Well I’m easy on the throttle unless messing around and haling butt but. I just know with modifying engines to make more power sometimes you burnt more fuel in return. Sorry if some of my questions are dumb but like I said before I don’t know squat about atvs.....yet anyways!
 

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Welcome to the forums!!!
 

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Thanx you!:biggrin:
 

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thanx!...lol I likes the sig tom
 

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Just so you know there are no dumb questions only dumb answers...your not famillar with ATVs many on here are not familliar with Cars. Cylinder wear on these engines are diffrent from a car rarely will you have the ring groove that you will see in an auto. Micing the walls and comparing the readings to the factory specs is the best way to determine piston and ring wear. If it don't smoke or knock and has good compression chances are you have a decent engine for modding. thease are OHV engines and just popping the head off is not an easy task for the beginner, I would recommend just running a compression tests dry then wet leak down test to check valves.
 

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So OHV means the valves are over the cam then right? Vs. DOHC/SOHC (dual/single over head cam) then the cams are over the valves. I know the atv don’t have DOHC/SOHC I’m just comparing to understand better.
 
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