LockedForeman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS

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gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
2007/08/03 20:03:01
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
If I left out any, inform me.
MY BUDGET IS $2500.
I would like honest reviews and opinions on what is good and not.
What mods would you suggest for them (4-2-4, DGL) ?
I will put my 26" Gators and a lift on whichever one I buy.
I know its unfair to put the 300 and Rubicon in the same comparison, but I want to pay the least possible for one, so I can put money toward mods.
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!
Thanks,
         Tyler
post edited by gmcz71 - 2007/08/03 20:05:14
T Rex
Trail Rider
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/03 20:46:59
I have a Foreman 400 and it does great out on the trails and in the mud.  I also have a buddy WVrubirunner who has the 500 Ruby and he's also does great.  He is running 27" gators on his, we just got through installing a warn 4-2-4 selector on it and just by riding it around in the back yard we think that it will do just fine out on the trail and in the mud.  The Rancher is also a good bike.  Good out on the trail but not much ground clerence. I think you best bet would be to go with either one of the foreman's or the ruby.  The reason being is that they have the bigger cc motors and are good for what you are wanting to do with your bike.  I would suggest that with any of them you put the 4-2-4 selector on it, a jet kit and with the ruby a clutch kit.   I getting ready to sell my foreman and buy a ruby due to the fact that I seen what my buddy's will do on the trail and in the mud and it also has a low gear for more torque in the deep mud and water.  That's my 2 cents hope you can use the information in you decision.
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/03 20:50:51
Thanks for the info!  So the Rubicon has a lower 1st gear than the Foreman?
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/03 21:01:41
no the 400 probably has the lower gear but the ruby has more power to make up for it
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/03 21:05:10
Yeah, thats the main reason that I am even considering the Rubicon, great tranny, good power.
But, I could do without the liquid cooling [:'(].
swampcon
Dirt Monster
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 08:09:45
looks like you already have the best 4 wheeler ever made.  you just need to get a 4x4 300.  indestructible, and with a few mods its one of the best mud bikes. and propably the best water bike.  
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 08:37:47
I understand, swampcon.   You are right.    I just wish they had more power, and a taller 1st gear.
I like my 300, but I struggle trying to keep up with the 4x4's.
Thanks.
gotmuddy
Respected Member
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 10:49:17
This is gonna catch alot of flack, but dollar for dollar the 300 will outmud anything else honda makes.  There are two reasons.  First the motor is bulletproof and is near indestructable. Second is that its the lightest 4wd honda ever made.  The rest are really nice machines, but have far less GC than a 300.
Country Boy 09
Mud Maniac
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 11:22:32
i'd get a foreman or the rubicon...both are great bikes but i'd get the rubicon in the end cause of a lil more power...both are great mud bikes with just tires!!!
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 12:12:22
ORIGINAL: gotmuddy

This is gonna catch alot of flack, but dollar for dollar the 300 will outmud anything else honda makes.  There are two reasons.  First the motor is bulletproof and is near indestructable. Second is that its the lightest 4wd honda ever made.  The rest are really nice machines, but have far less GC than a 300.

 
I agree about it being light.  That is one thing I really like about the 300.
Im only 5' 10"  145 pounds, so I probably couldnt toss around a big heavy quad.
If a 300 had the same size tires as the others, would it really have more GC in the rear?
I know the 300 has 2 "rut catchers" in the rear, the rear brake assembly and the rear diff.   Where as my Recon had only one.
I notice some quads have the rear brake assembly tucked away under the rear wheel.  Which ones have this, and which dont?
 
And Country boy, how do you like your Foreman?
I see were both from Miss. and may have similar riding conditions.
Thanks, guys.
mac102004
Respected Member
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 13:10:29
ORIGINAL: gmcz71

1. 1998-2004 Foreman 450S
2. 1996-2003 Foreman 400
3. 2000-2004 Rancher 350
4. 1993-2000 Fourtrax 300
5. 2001-2003 Rubicon 500


1. Decent ATV's, can be made into capable mudders, not many problems. Tons of aftermarket parts available.
2. Another great ATV, but is VERY low, and has very little tire clearence. Geared lower then the 450, and you could swap the top end to a 450 head and turn big tires easily. Lots of parts available but not as many as the 450's.
3. Not really good if you want to make a serious mudder. BBK's are hit and miss, not a lot of aftermarket, can only turn 27's max.
4. I don't think I need to explain the potential of this ATV lol.
5. Early Rubicon's were plagued(sp?) with transmission problems, wouldn't buy a 2001 or 2002. Problems were resolved by 2003.
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 13:22:49
Thank you Mac.  I appreciate the way you broke that down for me.
So the 400 is geared ower than the 450?
In that case, I dont think Im interested in the 400 anymore.
Im really liking the 450 and 300.
 
How is the 450 geared compared to the 300?
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 17:10:54
Still looking for opinions... [:)]
jbw1776
Mud Monster
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/04 23:49:10
Hey man, you know my opinion. [;)]
 
I agree 100% with gotmuddy.  I will get the BBK for mine when I finally wear out this motor, but I fear that day will never come.[;)]  Keep the fluids topped, bearings fresh and torture away.[:D]  Find a 300 4x4 and add the mods you've been talking about and you'll have no regrets.  Good luck on your search, no matter what you decide/end up with.
 
Ben
 
 
  
J_Fred
Respected Member
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/05 08:01:59
ORIGINAL: gmcz71

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.
 
ORIGINAL: gmcz71
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!
Thanks,
        Tyler

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.
 
 
Good luck!
350_rancher
Mud Pro
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/05 08:13:24
If you just doing 26in gators, a rancher will be fine. They are alot easier to "move around" than a foreman. The rubicons have low range also, so you will hardly have problems with gators. Stay away from 01-02 rubis like mac said. I made the mistake and bought one. The oil pump fails and that causes the tranny to denotate after awhile. Hopefully I caught it early enough. They are all good bikes. You will prob be happiest with a 300, rancher, or 450. The foremans are big and heavy though.
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/05 13:50:58
Thanks a lot yall.
Ben, I am looking at the 300 4x4's a lot more, but I would like something a little faster.
Cory, thanks for the warning about the early Rubi's.
Josh, thanks for the info-filled reply.  I have about ruled out the Rancher and 400.
I would love to find an 03-06 Rubicon, but for $2500, its a slim chance. Mabye Ill save a little longer and get a Rubi, unless I find a great deal on a 300 or 450.
 
I know this is a dumb question, but stock for stock, is a Foreman 450 faster than a 300?
Thanks.
350_rancher
Mud Pro
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/05 14:05:22
dunno which is faster, the 450s go about 51 from what Ive seen. May be faster. I saw a 04 rubi stock with 2k miles for 2800, sold before I got to it. Just keep watching you'll find one.
mudrunner400
Mud Slinger
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 08:12:15
My 400 foreman will go 43mph in the corner. You can't kill the 400's. There a good, tough, rugged workhorse/trailquad. Mine will bog out in 2nd gear in really thick gooey mud turning original 24's, when that happens your done. 1st gear won't turn the tires fast enough to get through it. It rides pretty hard too, after a day of riding you can get pretty sore from being bumped around so much. I like the 400 cause I can beat the living **** out of it and it won't die, but I'd much rather have a faste, more powerful rincon that I wouldnt need to beat the **** out of to have fun with it.
 
Just my 2 cents.
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 08:26:49
Thanks, Mudrunner.  Its down to the Foreman 450 and the Fourtrax 300.
 
I will soon make a new thread comparing these 2 only.
 
Thanks guys.
gotmuddy
Respected Member
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 08:58:32
You cant have a good mud bike and a speed demon.  It just isnt happening.  If you wanna go fast get something else.  I will say that a rubicon will top out higher than the rest of them probably.
 
The 300 does have a brake drum hanging there, but that is easily removed.  The rear diff is smaller than foreman/rubi's so they have more gc in back, and since the front diff is centered they have more gc in front.
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 09:16:57
ORIGINAL: gotmuddy

You cant have a good mud bike and a speed demon.  It just isnt happening.  If you wanna go fast get something else.  I will say that a rubicon will top out higher than the rest of them probably.

The 300 does have a brake drum hanging there, but that is easily removed.  The rear diff is smaller than foreman/rubi's so they have more gc in back, and since the front diff is centered they have more gc in front.

 
I understand that, and I dont care about top speed.  I rarely get out of 3rd gear. I mainly care about gearing and acceleration.  The last place I rode at was a creek full of sand and gravel, and my 300 bogged badly.
1st gear seems to low, 2nd seems to high.
But whatever I get next will recieve a pipe and filter.
 
I got to thinking, If I got a 300, I would need to get a 4-2-4, and possibly a DGL while Im at it.
A 450 (2002-2004) would come with Traxlok, so no need for 4-2-4.
 
But if I got another 300, and decided to take the rear brake assembly off, could I buy a disc brake kit for it and put it somewhere out of the way?
Thanks,
           Tyler
gotmuddy
Respected Member
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 09:19:42
You can fab up 300ex disc brakes, but they will be in the same place as the drum.
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 09:38:00
ORIGINAL: gotmuddy

You can fab up 300ex disc brakes, but they will be in the same place as the drum.

 
Ok, thanks.  I just dont know if I feel safe with just front brakes, especially when downhilling. lol.
Ill just keep the drums as long as theyll last me. [;)]
JONfromHB
Mud Bogger
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 12:47:19
ORIGINAL: gotmuddy

This is gonna catch alot of flack, but dollar for dollar the 300 will outmud anything else honda makes.  There are two reasons.  First the motor is bulletproof and is near indestructable. Second is that its the lightest 4wd honda ever made.  The rest are really nice machines, but have far less GC than a 300.

 
 
you ain't going catch no flack...[8|] thats just the facts...[:D]
AkMudhunter
Mud Pro
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 15:17:07
I've owned the 300 in 2wd and 4wd and currently own the 450ES, gotta say I like the 450 best. I also like the 300 because of the weight, it's so easy to get it out of a mudhole by yourself but the 450 is a little more versatile IMO for the way I ride.
post edited by AkMudhunter - 2007/08/07 10:05:35
chicken wang
Trail Rider
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 16:13:30
Fourtrax for life!
Orangehonda01
Mud Maniac
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/06 17:15:36
My first honda was the 97 300 4x4. It was a real good fourwheeler, well when the ranchers came out i was hearing a lot of good stuff about them. You know like the next step up from the 300 by being a little bit bigger and more high tech, well you know the size of it and its standard features that was upgrades from the 300. We all know what they are. So i traded mine in for it. Now i wish they would of sold the 300 in 2001. Dont get me wrong theres no way im getting rid of this honda,[:D] i wouldnt even sell it. Its the second best ive ever owned. The 300 is a excellent 4wd, I especially like the OHC motor, which i believe is a better motor in power wise. I could remember pulling real heavy stuff with it and it would easily pull it. The rancher would bog, cause its geared a little higher and cause of it being a OHV. The 300 would be a good choice, and the 450, thats the one i wanted when i bought the rancher. Like the others said if you get a 450 go for the 2002 or newer. If you get the 300 put a 424 on it and your other mods. Heres the gear ratio for the rancher so you can compare and see which ones you might get, not soley based on motor size or gear ratios.
 
     Primary reduction 2.188
Secondary reduction  1.393
Final reduction front   3.769
                     rear    3.692
 
Gear ratio    1st 3.455
                 2nd 1.933
                 3rd1.333
                 4th 0.966
                 5th 0.720
 
Reverse ratio  4.600
 
I listed so you can compare and see which you is geared lower.
I would figure the 450 is higher and the 300 is lower, not sure. Get some one with the 450 to post their gear ratios,
That way you can see their ratios and maybe help you decide.  If i recall which im probably wrong the ratio for the 300 1st was 4.9 could be wrong though.
 
 
J_Fred
Respected Member
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/07 16:57:06
.... still don't see how a 300 has higher clearance than the 450's and 500's?
 
Honda lists them as having around 6.5", when the 450's and up have 7.5".  And I've seen 300's beside my Rubi, and they aren't as high in the back end.
 
Am I missing something?
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/07 19:18:34
Thanks, guys.  Now Im really searching for a used Honda, because my 300 gave out on me.  But it was actually my fault because I had never checked the rear diff oil after I bought it.  Well, the seals were bad and now its full of mud.
Im considering getting my diff rebuilt and then finding a 300 that needs a diff.  But then Id have a 300 missing a rear end. [:'(]
Thanks a lot, OrangeHonda, for that information!  [;)]
FloTrax
Trail Rider
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/08 11:41:01
i hav a 450 s and three 300s. stock for stock the 300 will out mud the 450. the 450 is faster and more comfortable. getin the 450 stuck is no fun at all, hercules couldnt pull it out of real sticky stuff, the 300 on the other hand u just get off of it and give it a tug and play with the throttle and your back on your way. i my humble opinion get 4x4 300. i bought my last one for 1100 bucks and its an excellent machine. my main ride is a slightly modded 300 and it is unstoppable. its eats up grizzlys for breakfast, sportsmans for lunch, and artic cats for dinner.
J_Fred
Respected Member
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/08 11:51:17
If you put some agressive tires on a 450, and put the same size/type tires on a 300... the 450 is going to win, no contest.  it has more clearance and more power (granted they are both SRA, but its still more clearance).  The 300 might get out easier, but that doesn't mean it wasn't stuck.  You can shake a 600 lb foreman as easily as you can a 450 lb pound 300, imo.  That's not an immense amount of weight, and per tire only adds up to about 30 extra pounds on all four corners.  The extra weight will even help with grip at times.
 
300's are the greatest machines ever designed by mankind... I'm not disputing that, lol.  It's just, imo, erroneous to say that a 300 will outmud a 450.
87_POWER_RAM
Mud Master
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/10 14:36:30
get a 300 4x4. i was at the mud bogg last weekend and i went through the sames holes as a foreman 450 with spacers, 28" laws, snorkel and lift i was leading the way he made it through the holes a little easier cause he was about 4-5" wider than me. im happy with my little 300 i actually traded a grizz 660 for it and it was the best thing ive done
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/10 17:00:11
Thanks, guys.  Im in the process of reparing my 300's rear end, but when its complete, Im gonna buy a used quad ASAP.   
All I know is on the next quad I buy, I WILL check the diff fluids before I ride it.
I dont know what Ill buy.  From what Ive heard, either would be good.
Thanks,
           Tyler
2004Rubicon
Trail Rider
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/10 17:16:30
Specs for my 2004 Ruby having low gear really helps out in the mud even tho my ruby still has stock tires on it [;)] LOL. You will notice 7.8 inchs of ground clearance thats 7.8 from the ground to skid plates and ya got to love the engine brakeing helps alot when the drum brakes fail LOL

I Cant really comment on other Hondas as this is the first one i have owned but i like it alot [:)]

Good Mods for this bike

Front disk brake conversion kit
Warn 424 Select [To take in and out of 4wd]
Locker for true 4wd
K&N powerkit [Comes with Dyno Jet , K&N Air Filter and a few other things]
HL Clutch Kit [Depends on what tires u put on it]
HL lift
Bigger Tires
Billet Exuast Tip [i have this installed sounds great and has a little more throttle responce]


Model: TRX500FA / TRX500FGA (with GPS)
Engine Type: 499cc liquid-cooled OHV dry-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke: 92.0mm x 75.0mm
Carburetion: 33.5mm CV
Ignition: CD with electronic advance
Starter: Electric with auxiliary recoil
Transmission: Fully automatic hydromechanical, continuously variable with electronic controls
Driveline: Direct front and rear drive-shafts with torque-sensitive front differential
Suspension Front: Independent double-wishbone; 6.7 inches travel
Suspension Rear: Swingarm with dual shock absorbers; 6.7 inches travel
Brakes Front: Triple-sealed hydraulic drum
Brakes Rear: Sealed mechanical drum
Tires Front: 25 x 8-12
Tires Rear: 25 x 10-12
Length: 81.6 inches
Width: 46.6 inches
Height: 47.0 inches
Seat Height: 33.9 inches
Ground Clearance: 7.8 inches
Wheelbase: 50.9 inches
Turning Radius: 10.8 feet
Dry Weight: 600 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve
Colors

Red

Olive

Yellow


Hondamatic TransmissionThe Hondamatic transmission utilizes variable hydraulic pressure and mechanical torque amplification to provide seamless job-handling power and excellent acceleration. Engine power drives a hydraulic pump. The pump, in turn, drives a hydraulic motor with variable fluid capacity. Utilizing pump and motor pistons and a variable-pitch motor-side swash plate, hydraulic capacity and pressure are varied, producing continuously variable output speed. In addition, torque is increased as output-shaft speed is reduced.

Dash-mounted knob switches to one of three electronic shifting programs: D1 for maximum performance, D2 for maximum torque, and ESP™, Honda's exclusive Electric Shift Program™. D1 and D2 modes provide continuously variable transmission output; ESP allows the rider to "shift" the Hondamatic with the touch of a thumb using two push-buttons mounted on the left handlebar.

The Hondamatic is extremely efficient, with operating efficiencies ranging from 75-81 percent in full-reduction mode and from 87-92 percent when input and output speeds are the same (1:1 ratio).

The Hondamatic is fully sealed, compact and maintenance-free, with no belts to wear out and replace.

The Hondamatic features true engine braking, unlike conventional belt-drive designs.

Versatile rider controls provide a shift lever to select Drive, Low, Neutral, and Reverse.

The Hondamatic uses multi-filtered (one large-capacity filter and three strainers) engine oil as hydraulic fluid, simplifying maintenance and ensuring an adequate oil supply in all operating conditions.

gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/10 19:55:41
Thanks, man!   I appreciate your post, and I will use it for future reference.
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2004Rubicon
Trail Rider
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/11 08:46:06
Your Welcome [:)]
post edited by 2004Rubicon - 2007/08/11 08:48:00
gmcz71
Outlaw Extremist
RE: Foreman 450 & 400, Rubicon, Rancher 350 & Fourtrax 300 4x4 OPINIONS AND REVIEWS 2007/08/11 13:29:39
Well, my 300 is offically for sale!  So, Im looking to buy soon!  [sm=banana.gif]
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