Well, guys, soon I will be upgrading to a used Honda 4WD and these are my options:
1998-2004 Foreman 450S
1996-2003 Foreman 400
2000-2004 Rancher 350
1993-2000 Fourtrax 300
2001-2003 Rubicon 500
1. Good quads, good power, but no floorboards, lol.
2. Brutish, heavy quads, with a low gear. (workhorses)
3. Nah... Don't get it.
4. Worth its own weight in gold.
5. Auto, most power of the bunch, and probably the most capable, imo.
How are they geared?
WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF MONEY TO BE A CAPABLE MUDDER?
Which one can have the most front ground clearance with just a lift?
Which is more fun on trails?
I ride about 50/50 trails/mud.
I truly appreciate any and all responses!
300's and 400's are geared low, Foremans are middle, Rubis are a bit higher than them, but have a few extra cc's to the punch.
Rubicon would take the least amount of money after the initial cost of buying.
Rubicons are higher than 300's. 300's & 400's have 6.6" of clearance, Rubi's/450's have 7.5. Plus you can run bigger tires on Rubi's and the 450's.
Probably the Rancher would be more fun on trails, followed by the Rubi(auto), 300, 450 and then 400.
I don't think I would go with a 400 or a Rancher, unless you got an amazing deal on them.
300's... I agree with pretty much what everyone else said about them (except the ground clearance)
450 S I would personally want an ES model, but the 450's are nice, and if you get an 02 model, they have traxlok, so no need for a 4-2-4.
Rubicon... The early models would have problems(I should know I have an 01). That can be checked before you buy though. Highest GC of the bunch, most power, smooth transmision(with a Low gear, lol), and probably more capable of spinning larger tires(or tie with the 450's).
I say Rubi, 450, 300, 400, then the Rancher.
My opinion. Either one are solid quads. Since you mud I would recomend going out of Honda's brand, but since you are buying used... I would NEVER buy a used vehicle unless it's a Honda fourwheeler or a Toyota Truck... lol.