Locked08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question

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longdude17
Mud Pro
2008/05/30 19:57:10
Everyone who has a 420 rancher i have a question
 
I got a 420 rancher and just filled it up with its second tank of gas. I spent the first tank riding in first second  and third gear around the trails not really getting on it . I really like the spunkyness of the little bike...Well today i felt that it was time to put it on the road and get some speed up. Well im kinda worried about the shifting to 4th and 5th gear
 
Shifting from third to 4th and from 4th to 5th is kinda harsh...Is it suppose to be this way? I wasnt racing the bike or anything...but the shifting just isnt smooth at all...its noisy and clunky. Down shifting was also noise and clunky....Is it suppose to be like this?
 
Are any of yall bikes like this? was it just because i was riding on the blacktop that made it really noticeable.?
 
Anyone elses bike like this? Will this ease up and shifting get smoother as i ride the bike more? Or do I need to bring the bike in to have the clutches looked at?
 
Please help with this problem
 
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bunkiefd4
Mud Pro
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 20:07:35
my bike is a 08 also, shifting from 4th to 5th has a slight clunk to it, but its not really something to worry about. now if it is hard to shift and it makes that loud of a noise, well i'd say bring it in to be checked. but its probably fine.
HondaGuy
Respected Member
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 20:43:14
My 08 ES doesn't make any more noise going from 4th to 5th then any other gear change.
longdude17
Mud Pro
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 20:51:40
the es model works differently than the shifter...i was asking about the manual shift version.
TeReX420
Mud Monster
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 20:52:09
Mine shifts the same in all gears.
 
Guest
Outlaw Extremist
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 20:59:45
Start by adjusting the clutch and see if that helps.  Here is the procedure.
 

longdude17
Mud Pro
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 21:04:48
thanks! ill try that tomorrow
Guest
Outlaw Extremist
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 21:32:07
my wife's does the same thing
longdude17
Mud Pro
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/30 21:45:25
How long have yall been driving it like that...have yall ever brought it in or tryed to adjust the clutch?
lovnmud
Super Swamper
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/31 01:20:24
mines an ES model and from 4th to fifth it makes a clunk sound also,its normal for the sound ,ive owned 4 honda ES models and they all do this, i rarely ever see 4th or fifth on my bike.usually 3rd is the most i see on the trail.
longdude17
Mud Pro
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/05/31 22:33:45
 bump
 
muddyfuzzy
Super Swamper
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/06/01 07:55:46
you'll be amazed how much adjusting the clutch will smooth out gear to gear riding.
longdude17
Mud Pro
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/06/02 10:20:39
did it make a big difference on yours?
rockbottom12
Mud Slinger
RE: 08 Rancher 420 hard shifting question 2008/06/02 10:25:10
when breaking them in it is good to shif through all the gears with moderate load. mine always sounds like it shifts hard, but i think most hondas do.