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I'm looking to buy a new or used honda with independent rear suspension. I've looked at the Rincon and the 420 rancher at. Any feedback on the three speed trans in the Rincon. It sounds disapointing. I've had an 02 foreman with 5sp es and love it. Am leaning toward the 420 but would like the power of the Rincon but am worried about the 3 sp trans. Other info about handling on tight mountain trails and rocky mountain trails will be appreciated.
 

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I have a 09 420 AT and love the hell out of it. It has a very sporty feel to it. And if you put a pipe and optomizer on it it opens up even more. Now if you go with much bigger tires as I did you may want to get the optomizer and pipe but you may not need it as you prob don't weigh as much as me. I could have lived with out it but it brought the power level back up to par and then some. My bro n law has a Rincon and yes it has great power and he is running the same size tires as I am with no need for the power adders, and your right the 3 spd. just left something to be desirerd. The are both great quads, but I enjoy my Rancher more! Sorry I can't help you more than that.
 

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i dont know much about the rincons, but i would assume the 3 speed transmission would be geared higher therefore less low-end power....just saying
 

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my rancher does good on rocky trails !!
 

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I own a 2003 and 2004 450 Foreman ES and a 2005 and 2008 Honda Rincon. This is what I notice going from the foreman to the rincon. The Rincon seems very quick. It rides and Handles Great. It is very fun to drive with the 3spd auto. Now I do miss the low gears and engine braking of the foreman for steep hills but I am just now getting use to the Rincon on steep hills and found out that the brakes in 4x4 will stop you with no problem on a very steep hills and really not slide around like you would think. Now i have heard nothing but great things about the 420 rancher at. My cousin bought one with powersteering and they like it but I haven't got to go see it yet. I will tell you this. If you plan on someone riding with you on the bike the rincon has a lot for room for 2 people to ride than the rancher.
 

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Just for the heck of it I took my Rancher AT out this morning and my sisters Rincon out and the Rincon is just missing something in the ride. Has tons of power but has this car feel to it. that is the only way I can explain it even in ESP. I really don't know.My rancher feels more like a sport quad and maybe it is the HMF pipe making me think that way. it is just much more sporty.
 

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I have a 04 rincon and i weight about 300IBls it has no problem moving me up a hill or pulling my 8X10 trailer loaded with tree trunks/limbs. I also have not had any tranny problems but for a 04 i have low miles/hrs

O also it is a big beast i believe 600IBLS dry i don't know what a 420 comes in at. also if you have very narrow trails expect to go around alot.
 

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The AT is abought 624 wet! and I am at about 400# and it has no problems with me on it. Now if you go up in tire size say to 27" beprepared for some power loss. and as far as size it is about an inch narrower and I think 2 or 3 shorter than a Rincon. And I have not found a trail I can't squeeze down but that goes for my sisters rincon as well.
 
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