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Hi, I have done many oil changes before. Just not many on quads. My friend has a 1986 honda fourtrax 250 2wd. He is letting me use it for ice fishing, so I told him I would change it. Plus I said I would get some fresh gas in it. The gas smelled a few months old. The oil is dark black, and is ready to be changed. Does this take regular 10w40 atv oil? SOunds right to me. You need atv oil for the certain additives. Does anyone else like these quads? Nice and simple if you ask me. Even works to pack light and use for getting on the lake and ice fishing. Changing the oil for him is the least I can do with him letting me use it and all. Makes sence right?
 

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Not sure if it's 10-30 or 10-40, but if you are ice fishing then I would assume it's cold and 10-30 would be good, or even 5-30 Definately use ATV oil though, regardless.
 

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yeah, thanks. Im pretty sure 10w40 would work. But, if I was going to change it after it got warmer then I would put something thinner in it. What type of filter do I need??
 

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Not sure about the filter type, or even if it has a filter. My old 86 350 had a filter on the right side of the engine, but not sure about the 250.
 

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I run 10W40 year round in mine. If you want to use 2 different weights of oil for summer and winter you will want the lower weight oil in the winter and heaver in the summer. If any one wanted to know W does not stand for weight it stands for winter. LOL
 

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I owned two of those years ago. One was an '85 and the other was an '87. Those are good 4-wheelers. Yeah, just make sure you use the ATV oil. It is made for wet clutches. It's been a long time and my memory isn't what it used to be, but I don't think they had oil filters. I believe they just had the screen in the bottom of the crankcase and you can't change it without splitting the cases. Someone correct me if I'm wrong about that.
 

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they have oil filters they are above the dipstick you have to take off 3 small bolts (8mm) they will be on a roundish protrusion with a well a picture explans it best: oil filter=4, thing to get oil filter off =2, bolts=41
 

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Agree^^^^^^^^^!!
 

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Yeah, looks like they do. It's been so long, I just forgot.
 

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yup..they do have a oil filter..i had a 87 trx250...just make sure you put the new filter in the right way..if you put it in backwards..your gonna kill yourself after it seizes..lol..make sure you face it the right way !..not sure who sells them..but i aways got mine from the honda dealer...also..as stated above..winter time..use 10w-30..summer..10w-40..and no oil that has moly in it..yessss..i did ask my honda mechanic buddy today..stay away from any oil that has moly in it !
 

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yup..they do have a oil filter..i had a 87 trx250...just make sure you put the new filter in the right way..if you put it in backwards..your gonna kill yourself after it seizes..lol..make sure you face it the right way !..not sure who sells them..but i aways got mine from the honda dealer...also..as stated above..winter time..use 10w-30..summer..10w-40..and no oil that has moly in it..yessss..i did ask my honda mechanic buddy today..stay away from any oil that has moly in it !
I learned that the hard way.
 

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yup..they do have a oil filter..i had a 87 trx250...just make sure you put the new filter in the right way..if you put it in backwards..your gonna kill yourself after it seizes..lol..make sure you face it the right way !..not sure who sells them..but i aways got mine from the honda dealer...also..as stated above..winter time..use 10w-30..summer..10w-40..and no oil that has moly in it..yessss..i did ask my honda mechanic buddy today..stay away from any oil that has moly in it !
I learned that the hard way.
let me guess..you put your oil filter in backwards ??..or the slipping clutches ??..lmfao
 

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yup..they do have a oil filter..i had a 87 trx250...just make sure you put the new filter in the right way..if you put it in backwards..your gonna kill yourself after it seizes..lol..make sure you face it the right way !..not sure who sells them..but i aways got mine from the honda dealer...also..as stated above..winter time..use 10w-30..summer..10w-40..and no oil that has moly in it..yessss..i did ask my honda mechanic buddy today..stay away from any oil that has moly in it !
I learned that the hard way.
let me guess..you put your oil filter in backwards ??..or the slipping clutches ??..lmfao
No, I've never put an oil filter in backwards, but I have seen a few other people do it. I learned the hard way about using the wrong oil, causing the clutches to start slipping.
 

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yeah, I sucked the old gas out of it yesterday and put some fresh 89 in it. Boy does it run better. Man was there a lot of junk I pulled outta that gas tank as well. Glad I got that old gas and what not out of it. I ordered 10w40 atv oil and a filter. Should work. But, the owner tells me that doesn't sound like what I should be putting in it. I thought it should work. With that fresh gas though it starts right up and idles after its warmed up. Didn;t help when I first went out to it and the gas tank valve had been left on for like 3 months. The spark plug was loose too. Man, do all those things make a difference.
 

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by the way, I love this ice fishing. I'm wondering you guys think? Would would be a good quad for this. A moderate 4wd. Not too new. I used to love the Honda foreman 450 es. Would that be awesome for it? Start well in the cold weather? The 250 2wd is alright, but Something a bit bigger might be quite a bit better. I love snowmobiles too as well though. What do you guys think? I mean I like making it easier to get around on a large lake, and to use it in all the other seasons as well unlike a snowmobile. What one is up for the task?
 

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I would say that any of the Foremans would work good. 400,450,or 500, but if it was me, I would get the foot shift instead of the electric shift. They are more dependable.
 

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I would say that any of the Foremans would work good. 400,450,or 500, but if it was me, I would get the foot shift instead of the electric shift. They are more dependable.
yeah, im glad someone else agrees with the food shift. I like the foot shift better than automatic, or electronic shift. Did you know all foreman es models come with a foot shiter you can install to use instead of your electronic shift? Is there anything I should worry about when it comes to cold starting? Had awesome history with hondas and yamahas as long as they had a fuel shut off and manual choke:)
Would you guys recommend tire chains or studded tires at all for the bad conditions or?
 

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I would say that any of the Foremans would work good. 400,450,or 500, but if it was me, I would get the foot shift instead of the electric shift. They are more dependable.
yeah, im glad someone else agrees with the food shift. I like the foot shift better than automatic, or electronic shift. Did you know all foreman es models come with a foot shiter you can install to use instead of your electronic shift? Is there anything I should worry about when it comes to cold starting? Had awesome history with hondas and yamahas as long as they had a fuel shut off and manual choke:)
Would you guys recommend tire chains or studded tires at all for the bad conditions or?
That foot shifter that comes with the electric shift models is just for when the electric shift quits working and it gets stuck in gear. You can put that on there and put it in a lower gear, so you can ride it back out of the woods to home or to your truck. It doesn't even bolt onto the shift shaft. The shift shaft has a hex shaped head and the shifter just fits on it like a wrench fits on a bolt head. When you get it in the gear that you want it in, you take it back off and put it in your trunk. It won't work as a permanent shifter.

You shouldn't need tire chains or anything on the snow, unless you are going to be going up some steep hills. The 4X4's go pretty good in the snow with just good tires. If you are going to be on solid ice, studs might help.
 

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yeah, very nice to know. i like to use tire chains when you are on some bad ice or packed, slick snow. I did not know that that foot shift lever was only to use if the elec. shift broke. Any thing I should be looking for when it comes to cold starting or running in the cold? I think I like the yam big bears, and honda foremans. Thanks, a lot of help.
 

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Hi, I have done many oil changes before. Just not many on quads. My friend has a 1986 honda fourtrax 250 2wd. He is letting me use it for ice fishing, so I told him I would change it. Plus I said I would get some fresh gas in it. The gas smelled a few months old. The oil is dark black, and is ready to be changed. Does this take regular 10w40 atv oil? SOunds right to me. You need atv oil for the certain additives. Does anyone else like these quads? Nice and simple if you ask me. Even works to pack light and use for getting on the lake and ice fishing. Changing the oil for him is the least I can do with him letting me use it and all. Makes sence right?
I love my 86 fourtrax, since its only 2wd I put a winch on it so no more digging outta mud holes...:icon_gd: .... But my question is when I change my oil how much do you put back in? I'm kinda stumped & can't find the answer anywhere, so anyone that knows could you please let me know how much oil I need to replace after an oil change... Thanks, Pat.....
 
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