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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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What are your Rincon Problems?????

I just bought a new '07 Rincon. I am wanting to know all of the problems people have had with theirs & what makes it a problem for them. This way I can make a good plan for which modifications I want to do for my riding style. The areas I am mainly looking for are:


Power Problems & Fixes
Handling Problems & Fixes
Winch Problems & Fixes
Gearing Problems & Fixes



I plan on using my Rincon for everything from mud running to fast sport riding.

Thanks to all who respond!!
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 08:42 AM
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Ok let me start off my saying anything I put here is minimal compared to other Brands models I have read up on.

Power:

Plenty of power for trail riding. Never been a problem. I can leave the Popo's behind. In the mud itís another story. Low end is decent but not what a belt drive and low gear will give you. You can add a pipe, programmer, and filter for around 4 to 6 hundred depending on what you pick out. That gives you about 8hp more. Remember, you still do not have a low gear.

Handling: No problems that I have seen.

Winch: I have Warn XT on an AP winch mount, no problems so far.

Gearing:

I wish this thing had a park position to select. My e-brake sucks and the foot break is worthless. The hand break will hold it from rolling on flat ground but I do not know if I would trust it on a mountain hill angle hold. As for the Gear's most reliable gears on the market but could use a 4 or 5 speed tranny.

Other:

My HUD Unit screen gets little water drops in it. The dealer ordered me another under warranty with no questions asked.

The seat latch had to be adjusted. It was not holding the seat in place when I picked it up.

Springs are great for one rider. A bit soft if doubling up for an extend period of time.

Stock tires are only food for riding around the house or in the sand.

No stock Bumpers!!!

Good mods:

1. Guru front and rear bumpers.
2. FMF exhaust- no packing, last forever.
3. Programmer for the FI, you will run lean with the FMF.
4. A dry storage box front or rear.
5. Tire's: Either BigHorn or XTR's
6. Guru hitch if you need to pull anything.

Hope this helps.

Ride Red or Die Trying!!! Here's some pics to give you ideas. Good luck and congrats on your Rincon!!!






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jonathons only problem with the rincon is the excessive amount of armour all it consumes lol

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It's killing me right now. I have had no time to clean it up since the end of hunting season. You saw the FMF install post and thats what it looked like after I washed all the mud off of it. I have group rides planned for the seceond half of the month so I don't know if I want to spend the 3 hours to clean it up like I did in those pic's or not.

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Jonathan has some good points. I agree on his assessment of mudding ability and would add that a lower gear would make technical trails easier and safer.

My problems. The seat is tricky to get on, piss and moan I know, but I have owned other Hondas that weren't. Valve adjustment requires a lot of plastic removal, but is straight forward. The water pump weep line needs to be replaced/modified, or your water pump will be toast soon. They are hard on front end parts, as all quads are, watch the upper front a arm bushings, they will get play first. I am stock so mods are not included in my post. The front springs are a little weak and the front dampening sucks with some miles, the rear end is fine for suspension though.....random thoughts in no order.

Most inportant though is they are a complicated machine and many machanics are not up to the task. Learn how to fix your own or marry a good mechanic.

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I have a 07 camo rincon. These are the problems I have had with mine.

1.Rear Pinion bearing and seal went out. - Dealer didn't have enought oil in the diff and I rode to far before finding this site. After reading info from this site I checked mine and it didn't have much at all in it. I filled it up and it started leaking, the pinion bearing was gone which got the seal.

2.Camo started peeling. - always washed with a reg. water hose? just bubbled up and came off. After much hell raising and a couple of months dealer replaced.

3. Front seal on the crankcase were the front driveshaft hooks up has started leaking. - don't no y it would fail so soon?

4. Rear Foot Brake barely works? The lever on the bars works fine? not sure whats up with that?

Power Mods (helped but still not enough)
HMF Swamp series with HMF FI optimizer
Uni air filter

Handling
It handles great, through the woods most bikes will have a hard time keeping up. The shocks and springs could use some help.
I am fixin to try some small body al racing shocks with hypercoil springs, I think this will be a big improvement. I should be able to give it alittle lift for muddin by crankin down on the coil overs, or let it down to stock or lower for high speed riding.

Winch
Get a good winch like a warn or some other good brand and be done with it. I know some that have had success with cheap winches and some didnt get one pull out of them.

Gearing
There are some reductions out there, but I don't know anyone that has one? I can't provide any input on that.
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Corndog:

"Learn how to fix your own or marry a good macahnic."

You know any hot female ATV mechanics? Guess I will have to learn to fix my own gurrrrrr!

I wondered why I haven't seen and "ATV Mechanics Hotty calenders" out this year??? hummmmmm

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"4. Rear Foot Brake barely works? The lever on the bars works fine? not sure whats up with that?"

They are all like that. I complained about it too. I have a Honda 300 also and all I used on that machine was the foot break. The breaks lasted forever. I think on that model the foot break worked both my front and rear breaks. Something to do with the all-wheel-drive system. Just use the hand breaks. I have no idea why they even included a foot break except for some small breaking for hills to use it in conjuction with the front breaks.

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My cousin just got a new Rincon and his foot brake works great? U can slide the rear tires with it! Mine won't even slow down with the foot brake, just seems like it should work since they put it there? hhhh
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I would say axels and wheel bearing have gave me the most trouble... but i play in the mud alot.. im VERY hard on it... mine dont look like a cleaned up vett like most of these guys.... i beet only 3% of the guys on this form ride like me..

i would say the high lifter springs were the best investment for me, and full skids...

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27" Maxxis Zilla tires and AP full skid plates..


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