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Hi to all you Honda guys out there. I'm new to the forum, I currently ride and always have ridden trx300's. Two are '88's and they just keep going with minimal maintainence. It's not that i think they're the best atv out there (but I would give them the award for the most reliable). I'm looking at getting a new atv soon, I don't mind foot shifting at all but I don't want to limit my choices. Honda has put alot of time and R&D money into automatic transmission design and kudos to them for not just putting a cvt belt on like everybody else.
I'm asking about why they make 3 unique different tranny's. The hondamatic that came out on the Rubicon seems like a good design. Then they put an automotive type 3 speed w/ torque converter on the Rincon. Now they change the hondamatic on the Rancher AT to a new double clutch design with set ratios as opposed to the continueously variable. Was there problems with the hondamatic? If so then why is it still being used on the Rubicon. My question is what are the plus's and minus's of all three sytems.

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Sailor Jerry
 

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Welcome to the site, we have members that run all of those machines. Someone will give you an answer.
 

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Relliability!!!
I have never owned one, but I have heard enough stories not to by a electricshift or a automatic from Honda. I am sure Saber will agree.
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The Hondamatic is a great transmission but with the engine upgrades of the Rancher 420 and the increased torque, Honda felt for reliability reasons they should upgrade the Rancher Automatic. They still offer the manual and the electric shift. I have a Rancher 420 AT with the new 5 speed auto, 800 miles and no problems. Shifts very well and the added power of the 09 engine is a nice bonus. I have a good friend who owns a Rubicon and a 07 Rancher, says he wants a new Rancher, loves the added power. There have been a lot of issues with the electric shift, hopefully Honda will get that resolved.
 
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