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I recently purchased my first ATV... it's a 2012 Honda Rancher ES 4x4.

I work in sales at a Honda newer Honda dealership here in Indy... and this ATV was traded in on a brand new Rubicon Deluxe. I have been selling Hondas for the last 1.5 years... and sold Polaris, Can Am, Yamaha, & Kawasaki for 4.5 years prior for a different dealership...

The Rancher was super clean w/ 1300 miles, front and rear Bison bumpers (I believe?), full underbody skids & A-arm guards, & front handlbar LED lights, & rear led backup light.. .

The customer wanted to keep the bighorn tires.. so we transferred those to the rubicon.. and the stock 25" rubicon tires (Maxxis MU 25/26) went onto the Rancher w/ the 12" STI aluminum wheels.

Always wanted a big bore like a Grizzly 700 or Can Am 650-850... but couldn't justify the price of new or come across a good deal on a used one... After a few days of looking at this ATV sit in our showroom in it's awesome condition... I realized (DUH!) that this ATV would be perfect for our hunting needs.. I talked it over w/ my father and we decided to split the purchase.

Have been trying to decide how to best outfit this Rancher for our hunting needs... rack baskets, boxes, or bags... treestand carriers... or gun/bow holders.. etc??? I know it all comes down to how the ATV will be used... We will mainly be using the ATV for hunting deer and utility purposes.. with some limited trail riding I'm sure... Setting treestands and deer retrieval... Don't plan to ride to/from hunting locations.. we will drive the truck and walk in (unless we change our methods).

Few questions for starters...

I have already 99% installed a KFI Stealth 3500# winch w/ synth cable... everything but tapping the keyed power wire.. I found a taped up connector, w/ a green & white wire, that I believe is meant for a 12V outlet... I did some searching and I believe that was the recommended location to tap?

So what accessories would you guys recommend? Are there some that you have tried/didn't work... and replaced w/ a different option?

These tires will work for now... but which other tires work best for dirt trail/road riding... not really plan "mudding" w/ this machine... What's the "best" compromise recommendation? Was thinking possibly Sedona Ripsaws in 26"?
 

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I don’t know about your wiring issue as I don’t have a Rancher anymore, somebody will be on to help you pretty soon though I’m sure.
As for tyres, mudlites are a good tyre as are bearclaws. That said, I know a guy who had bighorns on his Polaris, they worked well, then he decided to cut them.... They REALLY work well now. He removed the small lugs diagonally opposite eachother and cut two lines (rotationally parallel) in the bigger bars.
As you’ve said though, missing won’t be something you do so I doubt you’ll ever need to start cutting tyres.
Bear claws though would be my go to ‘all rounder’.
 

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Darn clean atv, on my old 2012 I tapped into the 12 volt outlet wire. If your hands get cold, get some heated grips, besides that she looks pretty well outfitted.
 

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I got the winch all installed and wired up using the 12V wiring on the right side... I took special care to try and run all the wiring along the factory wiring...

Also purchased some front and rear atv bags from Cabelas on sale... next I think I will need some gun/bow holders and figure out where to mount them...

And likely a brighter light bar/cube to mount on the handlebars and move the one that is currently there to the rear...
 

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Also had a guy that didn't want this old '99 Foreman 450 ES.. so he let me have it. It's pretty rusty... he must have left it outside!!! But it only has 320 miles on it.. it starts right up (only in N).. and currently shifts just fine. But he did state that he has had shifting issues w/ it. So for the price... I can't really complain.
 

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