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.
, 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.