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About to buy a 2014 Honda Rancher ATV. Opinions?

Discussion in 'All Terrain Vehicles' started by ToyotaKTMracing, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Jan 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM
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    ToyotaKTMracing

    ToyotaKTMracing [OP] The Blue Warrior

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    Just curious what people on here who have rode or know someone who has a honda rancher what you/they think about them. I have my mind set on the 2014 TRX 420 FA1E. DCT automatic. In other words, the 420 with automatic and electric shift by the hand grip. I know honda's line of ATVs are known for reliability, but I wanted some opinions. First time buying my own ATV. It will be used for trail riding, hunting and easy work. More trail riding than anything though. Thanks!

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    Remember that I want to know what people think of this 4 wheeler. Not to recommend others. (I don't have a big budget)

    UPDATE: Here it is!

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  2. Jan 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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    LukeBo4x4

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    We have a foreman that we use on our farm a lot it's held up real we'll but never delt with a rancher
     
  3. Jan 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM
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    SSG665

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    I have an 01 Rancher that I bought new and has been an excellent machine..Never any repairs done just a few batteries and maintenance..I bought the footshift model because I planned to to keep it for the long haul..
     
  4. Jan 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM
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    Silence9

    Silence9 Solve et Coagula

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    I've never driven a Honda quad, but it's Honda, it should be well built. I've driven Yamaha, Polaris, and Bombardier several times and never had an issue with any. I'm excited to get a new quad to tug around on the back of my Taco! Good luck!
     
  5. Jan 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM
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    ToyotaKTMracing

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    My one friend's friend has an 04 and has only changed the tires on it. And regular maintenance of course and he says it still rides like new.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2014 at 5:49 PM
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    tylershane17

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    Personally I have a Suzuki King Quad and love it! My friend has a rancher a 05 model I believe and he loves his.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM
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    King quad was my second choice, but I've talked to a bunch of people before that recommended the honda over suzuki. They're both good though
     
  8. Jan 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM
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    tylershane17 Back to Back World War Champions

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    Oh yeah can't go wrong either way
     
  10. Jan 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM
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    does turning tires to black wall out count? How bout added snug top rebel.
    You'll never go wrong with a honda!! Best reliability for ATVs period. I've had 25 year old three wheelers that still run like new. Also they save as much weight as possible, no honda four wheeler weighs more than 600 lbs.
     
  11. Jan 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM
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    I personally would get the Rancher IRS model since it has a smooth off road ride.
     
  12. Jan 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM
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    ToyotaKTMracing [OP] The Blue Warrior

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    What's the difference?
     
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    Hondas are the best. Buy the 4x4 with push button e shift and rear independent suspension.
    Hondas are the only atv with gear driven transmissions, thus no cvt slippage.

    Look on craigslist first before u spring for a new one. Usually people sell loaded atvs with less than 2000 miles on them for about $6,500 including trailer.
     
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    Like I said I got a 2010 can am 500 xt 4x4 400 something miles on it. It just sits. Bought it brand new. Start it up every few weeks. Drive around the yard and put it back
     
  15. Jan 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM
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    Thanks for the offer, but I've been doing some numbers and I can afford a new honda rancher. Plus I'm stuck on it. I love can ams though.
     
  16. Jan 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM
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    And what do you all think about power steering? I know it's great and all, but do you think it's worth an extra $700?
     
  17. Jan 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM
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    Why not the foreman with the locker?

    From what i hear....power steering just keeps you from being as sore after a day of riding.

    You don't need it, but it is pretty nice.
     
  18. Jan 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM
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    ToyotaKTMracing [OP] The Blue Warrior

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    Locker never was a big deal to me, but it's one of those would be nice, but not necessary features. Like power steering. lol. I grew up on ATVs without power steering. I don't think I've rode an ATV with power steering.
     
  19. Jan 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM
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    Go Honda! weve got 2 05 foreman and love and ride them religiously. Nice knowing they'll take me there, AND back.

    I'd second the IRS if youre using it for trails and not carrying much additional weight.

    Ive heard nothing but good things about PS. Just an added luxury.

    I'd personally go with the Foreman. More power and still a decent trail bike
     
  20. Jan 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM
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    I have a 2009 Honda Foreman 500 with Power Steering and I LOVE IT. I have owned a Yamaha Big Bear 350 and a Yamaha Grizzly 700 without Power Steering. I hunt with mine and when your bringing an animal out of the forest on the rack the Power Steering makes a HUGE difference!!!!!!!!! Also if you take it out for a weekend cruise you wont be sore at the end of the trip. I would Buy Honda or Yamaha, Either way you wont go wrong.
     

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