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I am buying a new ATV but am not sure what model. I require power steering, A/T, Independent suspension, a winch. I prefer something around 500cc to 600cc range. Can anyone tell me what they think is best - the electronic P/S of Honda or the Fluid P/S of Suzuki?::
 

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what ever honda you buy..make sure you don't go with the ES models..they have been too prone to have shifting issues..get a manual shift..that enough is a great start..and welcome to the forums !
 

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Welcome to the forums. If you want power steering, A/T, Independent suspension, then you're pretty much limited to the 420 Rancher.

I don't know anything about the Suzuki power steering, so I can't comment on that.
 

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Thanks: I have to have an A/T due to injuries from Iraq. I am familiar with the ES design is the select lever models better since they are more mechanical than electronic?
 

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Thanks: I have to have an A/T due to injuries from Iraq. I am familiar with the ES design is the select lever models better since they are more mechanical than electronic?
The foot shift are just a little more dependable. The ES models have angle sensors and shift motors, etc that can go out.
 

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Thanks: I have to have an A/T due to injuries from Iraq. I am familiar with the ES design is the select lever models better since they are more mechanical than electronic?
from what i've seen on here sinse i've been around..and what i've worked on..the es models have always had problems with the solenoid that shifts..now..they may have solved that problem with newer models now..i don't know ??..now..if you got a bad leg..and this keeps you from shifting..they make an after market lever that you can bolt onto the shifter..and shift with your hand.
 

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Thanks-do they make the rancher in a 500 or 550cc?
not that i know of..the rubicon and foremans are only in the 500cc range.
 

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Thanks-do they make the rancher in a 500 or 550cc?
No, they only come in 350 and 420 sizes and if you want power steering, independent rear suspension, and auto tranny, the 420 is the only one that has all of that. They make a 680 Rincon with an auto tranny and independent rear suspension, but I don't think they have power steering. Honda also makes the 500 Foreman, but they don't make an auto tranny or don't have independent rear suspension. You can get the Foreman in the electric shift model, though.

BTW, the 420 Rancher auto has more horsepower than the 500 Foreman.

Foreman 500 = 26.7 HP

Rancher 420AT = 27 HP

Rancher 420S/ES = 26.6 HP
 
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