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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Corndog, would those tweaks, and adjustments apply to all years of this model, or is that for the older bikes? One last question, have you run into any major repairs in those 13,000 miles? Just wondering what I'm going to be looking at in the years to come.
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Corndog, would those tweaks, and adjustments apply to all years of this model, or is that for the older bikes? One last question, have you run into any major repairs in those 13,000 miles? Just wondering what I'm going to be looking at in the years to come.

Unfortunately, yes they should apply to all years, since the rincon has not changed except for disc brakes and efi. The newer rincons have gotten a little cheaper in the suspension bits and now use steel a arms, where mine has forged aluminum pieces. I guess you can say that Honda had the rincon perfect at the beginning or they have their head up their ass....you decide.

Major work, nope. Minor work...


  • Replaced one cam chain tensioner. Then got smart and fixed my second one.
  • Added vent lines to the rear drive gear and water pump.
  • One set of rear disc pads.
  • Replaced front suspension bushings on upper a arms twice (on the rears once), all currently tight.
  • Lubed bushings (including steering stem) all around several times.
  • Replaced first battery 2 years ago, with another Yuasa.
  • Replaced one foam filter, first one finally started to fall apart.
  • Replaced one set of handlebar grips.
I do not maintain this bike like the manual states. I do oil changes every 2,000 miles or so, with GN-4 and OEM filters. Rear axle gear and front differential gear oil was changed twice. The valves have been done 3 1/2 times. The air filter is cleaned regularly and is OEM foam. The bike is stored inside in my basement. I did not forget about putting tie rod ends or wheel bearings on the above list, they are all original.

What I do that I feel contributes to my good fortune.



  • I ride around mud whenever possible. I do not ride the bike under water.
  • When I return from a trail ride, I clean it. I look it over well.
  • I do not and will not ever run a lift kit.
  • I use stock size tires (Maxxis Big Horns).
  • I use the stock wheels which have the correct hub offset.
  • I do not pull anything heavier than my 16 foot Jon boat (just to move from barn to driveway).
  • I am a Republican.
Like I said earlier somewhere, the rincon has been tougher than my foreman was. By far.

2003 green Rinny (12,400 miles), "25" Bighorn Radials (white letters out) full of extra slime, water pump mod, no warning labels, E Trex, everything else like Mr. Honda made it. 2000 XR 400r (est 3,500 miles). RIDE RED EVEN IF ITS GOT GREEN PLASTIC!

2013 Yamaha Super Te'ne're' (27,400 miles in 22 months), 1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 (392,000 miles) on tight and original motor. 2001 4Runner (82,000 miles).
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Sounds a lot like how I ride. Everything is stock, and will stay stock. I rarely hit 50mph, and I to go around mud. I treat it like it's made of glass, and trail ride only. I take it fishing, and the only heavy load I tow is my nine year old boy. I had an 06 Foreman 500 that had over 17,000 miles on it. I hope I can retire before I retire this bike. It's been good to me for the first 1,300 miles I've put on it. Bought it brand new last summer.
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Mine typically ends up about where the oil level is at the part of dipstick that just starts to get round. Maybe 1/8 to 1/4 inch over full. It will not hurt anything, the Rincon has a dry sump in the engine.


Some people overfill slightly saying it shifts better. Personally, I just do it for convenience. In 13,000 miles it has done no harm.


A tip I will offer and I do not see discussed much lately, is to elevate the front wheels on car ramps or something, so they are about 12 inches above the rear wheels. When you do an oil drain, you will get 4 quarts out instead of just 3. I think somehow this causes the torque converter to drain. Put the bike back on level ground when filling.
CD, for your oil level... is it at the round part when cool..?
Or is it at the round part after warm up.??

And when front is lifted / elevated for oil change,
When re filling,
do you automatically put 4 qts in,?
Or put 3 in, check it, and then bring it up to the round part on dip stick..?

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CD, for your oil level... is it at the round part when cool..?
Or is it at the round part after warm up.??

And when front is lifted / elevated for oil change,
When re filling,
do you automatically put 4 qts in,?
Or put 3 in, check it, and then bring it up to the round part on dip stick..?

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I check the oil level when cold.
I add about 3.5 quarts when refilling after draining, then top it off after letting it idle for a minute or so.
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Corn Dog, do you recall the mileage you had on your bike when you did the first cam chain tensioner? Mine is around 1,600 miles, and I'm getting a little cautious of this job.
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Corn Dog, do you recall the mileage you had on your bike when you did the first cam chain tensioner? Mine is around 1,600 miles, and I'm getting a little cautious of this job.

If I remember it was around 7,500 miles or so, but it had been rattling for a while. So maybe 7,000 miles? But they have failed much earlier on other Rincons.

2003 green Rinny (12,400 miles), "25" Bighorn Radials (white letters out) full of extra slime, water pump mod, no warning labels, E Trex, everything else like Mr. Honda made it. 2000 XR 400r (est 3,500 miles). RIDE RED EVEN IF ITS GOT GREEN PLASTIC!

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