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I don't think there's a lot of people that know the operating principles of the Hondamatic CVT trannys, myself included, so I thought I would post this link to a good read on the Hondamatic CVT. This is the transmission that the Rancher 400AT and the Rubicon 500 use. This is not the type of transmission that the Rancher 420AT or the Rincon uses. The 420AT uses a completely different type of auto tranny that incorporates a dual clutch system and the Rincon uses an automotive style tranny.

2001 Honda Rubicon Hondamatic hydraulic transmission
 

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Great find, I will make this sticky
 

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good info, from experience the CVT tranny is smoother but is not as sharp when your trying to throw it sideways. that's just my opinion lol
 

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Yeah, that's probably because you can't gear it down to bring the engine RPMs up, like you can a foot shift.
 

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Hondamatic Transmission

Now i have the bike working, Dose any one rebuild then or use the old ones for cores? I'm tempted to dismantle this one to see what the fault is for its not apparent looking at it?
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Now i have the bike working, Dose any one rebuild then or use the old ones for cores? I'm tempted to dismantle this one to see what the fault is for its not apparent looking at it?
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I don't know much about the Hondamatic trannys, but I hear their non repairable because you can't get the parts to service them with.
 

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Now i have the bike working, Dose any one rebuild then or use the old ones for cores? I'm tempted to dismantle this one to see what the fault is for its not apparent looking at it?
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If the AT in Rubicon goes bad Honda in Japan have been known to take them back and give a new one under warranty.
 

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I have a 03 350ES that is hanging up in gears up and down. Anybody REALLY know whats causing it and the cure? Changed to new battery, and checked the oil. No luck!
 

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I have a 03 350ES that is hanging up in gears up and down. Anybody REALLY know whats causing it and the cure? Changed to new battery, and checked the oil. No luck!
Welcome to the forums. Will it shift gears using the emergency shifter? Also, when you turn the key on, does the gear position indicator flash?
 

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Good morning guys and gals...I have a rancher that is have a shifting problem....Sometime, I have to turn it off before the gear would moved. Not sure what is the cause...Could it be wear ? Thanks
 

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skingkeo: i suggest creating your own thread in the repair/maintenance section. you will have alot more answers that way
 

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That's some great read their Mut !!!!
 

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Excellent and informative links, Helmut. Those two articles were essential in helping me understand how the Hondamatic tranny works and the function of the angle sensor and what all the "swashplate" talk was about.

It also underscores the need to keep clean, fresh oil in this engine.

Thanks!

Melsman
 

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Excellent and informative links, Helmut. Those two articles were essential in helping me understand how the Hondamatic tranny works and the function of the angle sensor and what all the "swashplate" talk was about.

It also underscores the need to keep clean, fresh oil in this engine.

Thanks!

Melsman
You're welcome, glad they were helpful. And welcome to the forums.
 

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Rubicon not changing gears

I don't think there's a lot of people that know the operating principles of the Hondamatic CVT trannys, myself included, so I thought I would post this link to a good read on the Hondamatic CVT. This is the transmission that the Rancher 400AT and the Rubicon 500 use. This is not the type of transmission that the Rancher 420AT or the Rincon uses. The 420AT uses a completely different type of auto tranny that incorporates a dual clutch system and the Rincon uses an automotive style tranny.

2001 Honda Rubicon Hondamatic hydraulic transmission
I have a 2002 rubicon fulltime 4wd. My transmission won't change from first gear, no matter what position the select position is in. D1 , D2, esp, its all the same. please help.
 
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