Yeah, that's about all you ever see wrong with any of them. Some people are putting the rear ends off of the old 350 Foreman on them. I don't know if they bolt straight up or if you have to do some fab work, but that would be a big improvement over the 300 rear end.I agree only thing they could have done better on it would be a stronger rear diff.
I've never used the tires with the extended lugs. I always just bought the regular mud lites and the rear ends still don't last long. I think it is just a bad design. They don't have an axle tube that extends to each end of the axle. So the bearings are inboard, more toward the middle of the axle. With the tires extending a long way out from the bearings, I believe this gives them more leverage to beat and pound the bearings. You can imagine what kind of a beating they take, anyway. The rear ends that have the axle housing that extends the full length of the axle(350 Foreman), don't go bad, near as often. They carry the weight better.i agree about the honda 300 being the best bike they ever made..and yes..your right about the rear diff..butttttttt..they didn't intend on people putting tires on them with 3 in lugs !!!..lol..thats why they tear up the ring gear..pinion gear..carrier bearings..pretty much the whole rear end..if people would put less aggresive tires on them..then the rear end would hold up for many years..i've rebuilt soooooooo many rear ends..i've had people ask me..when they bring thier bikes in to be fixed..thier like'' what would cause that ''??..after looking at the tires..say..vampier's with 3in lugs..i'll respond..well..those tires did it ''..then thier dumb ass's will answer back..well..the sellsman said they would fit for my bike..lmfao..anyway..i do wish honda made the rear diff stronger..but..then again..if they did..i wouldn't have any money comming in to fix peoples bikes..lmfao.
I would say that you can. I've never tried it, but I have run the 100 watt bulbs and they did alright, unless I went on a real long ride at night and I'm talking about 10 or 12 hours. Then it would start draining my battery. I could see the lights starting to slowly get dimmer. So that means that they were drawing more power than the stator was putting out. I would say the 55 watt would be OK, though.I usally try to stay with 35 watt. But you say I can run 55 ok?