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Howdy y'all. I just picked up a used '05 Rincon, one in the dark green.
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Low mileage garage machine, but it appears the most recent owner was a little rough on it. Nothing too bad, but I've already broken a tie rod end without even getting in really rough terrain. Albeit the part that broke is definitely not a honda OEM. But anyway, I've decided to go ahead and service the vehicle. I was wondering what all maintenance I should do.

This is what I've got so far, but let me know if there's something I'm missing. I'm not only new to owning a Rincon, this is the first machine I've ever owned. I've ridden a good bit, but it's always been on a buddy's beat up loaner that they don't even change oil in or what is referred to in the south as a "Beater".

1. Tie rod ends. But I was also wondering if any of the aftermarket "upgrades" are really worth it.
2. Wheel bearings. Machine has just over 1100 miles. I figure they're due. Correct me if I am wrong.
3. Oil change and filter change. Is is worth upgrading to the honda synthetic?
4. Transmission. I'm unfamiliar with the transmission. Should I just top off the fluid or does it need changed or filter?
5. Fuel filter change.
6. Air filters. Are these worth upgrading over OEM?


Best I can tell the carb is fine. The machine had loads of torque and power. The throttle is a little soft, but I've also heard the spring in the carb is exceptionally long. It has an aftermarket exhaust of some kind, but the previous owner admitted he didn't put in a new jet. I'm unsure of the exhaust's brand, but it does appear to have three allen screws to remove for a spark arrestor, which I think needs cleaned?

As I said, I'm a new owner. If there's anything else I should do while I'm at it, just let me know.
 

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Here are some answers, others may chime in with other experiences.
1. Tie rod ends. But I was also wondering if any of the aftermarket "upgrades" are really worth it. Nope. Keep it Honda for parts. Do the job once with OEM while others do it 3 or 4 times with after market (stuff like wheel bearings) actually costing more in time and sub standard materials.
2. Wheel bearings. Machine has just over 1100 miles. I figure they're due. Correct me if I am wrong. You can easily test for bearing wear with the 12/6 grab and the 9/3 grab. Lift the quad, grab the wheel at 12 and 6 and see if there is back and forth movement. Then grab the wheel at 9and 3 o'clock push and pull to see if there is any play. If there is, also inspect the a arm bushings, tie rods and ball joints as they may be loose making it seem like a wheel bearing.
3. Oil change and filter change. Is is worth upgrading to the Honda synthetic? Many riders use synthetic. As long as the oil is for power sports and has the same spec as the GN4 oil, you are good to go. I use AMSOIL, great stuff. https://www.amsoil.ca/lookup/atv/2005/honda/fourtrax-rincon/650/?volume=metric-volume
4. Transmission. I'm unfamiliar with the transmission. Should I just top off the fluid or does it need changed or filter? The transmission is a 3 speed automatic automobile type transmission that uses the engine oil to function. This is the main reason you warm up the Rincon prior to riding, as the transmission likes warm oil (it is thinner as it heats up) Jump on start and take off may cause a slipping clutch until the oil has reached temp. Also important to have the oil level properly checked (Please look in the user manual, and read it for all the basics on your Rincon.)
5. Fuel filter change. Strainer on the bottom of the tank (the petcock) for the age of the Rincon, might want to clean the petcock screen, flush the tank and add a small inline filter.
6. Air filters. Are these worth upgrading over OEM? You may get discussion on this one... K&N don't filter well enough IMHO, the stock filter is easily maintained and if you life in a very dusty place, an outerwear filter can be added.

Most of us 03-05 owners did a carb spring cut. Adds a tiny bit of a quicker response. Not necessary if your not messing with jets and idle. Most of us have found the stock Rincon is purrrrfect right out of the box!

Now you have done your homework... get on and go for a ride!!! :)
 

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Hi
Here are some answers, others may chime in with other experiences.
1. Tie rod ends. But I was also wondering if any of the aftermarket "upgrades" are really worth it. Nope. Keep it Honda for parts. Do the job once with OEM while others do it 3 or 4 times with after market (stuff like wheel bearings) actually costing more in time and sub standard materials.
2. Wheel bearings. Machine has just over 1100 miles. I figure they're due. Correct me if I am wrong. You can easily test for bearing wear with the 12/6 grab and the 9/3 grab. Lift the quad, grab the wheel at 12 and 6 and see if there is back and forth movement. Then grab the wheel at 9and 3 o'clock push and pull to see if there is any play. If there is, also inspect the a arm bushings, tie rods and ball joints as they may be loose making it seem like a wheel bearing.
3. Oil change and filter change. Is is worth upgrading to the Honda synthetic? Many riders use synthetic. As long as the oil is for power sports and has the same spec as the GN4 oil, you are good to go. I use AMSOIL, great stuff. https://www.amsoil.ca/lookup/atv/2005/honda/fourtrax-rincon/650/?volume=metric-volume
4. Transmission. I'm unfamiliar with the transmission. Should I just top off the fluid or does it need changed or filter? The transmission is a 3 speed automatic automobile type transmission that uses the engine oil to function. This is the main reason you warm up the Rincon prior to riding, as the transmission likes warm oil (it is thinner as it heats up) Jump on start and take off may cause a slipping clutch until the oil has reached temp. Also important to have the oil level properly checked (Please look in the user manual, and read it for all the basics on your Rincon.)
5. Fuel filter change. Strainer on the bottom of the tank (the petcock) for the age of the Rincon, might want to clean the petcock screen, flush the tank and add a small inline filter.
6. Air filters. Are these worth upgrading over OEM? You may get discussion on this one... K&N don't filter well enough IMHO, the stock filter is easily maintained and if you life in a very dusty place, an outerwear filter can be added.

Most of us 03-05 owners did a carb spring cut. Adds a tiny bit of a quicker response. Not necessary if your not messing with jets and idle. Most of us have found the stock Rincon is purrrrfect right out of the box!

Now you have done your homework... get on and go for a ride!!! :)

Dude, thanks for the expedient reply. I had kinda figured I was going to stick with OEM parts, but some of the aftermarket sure is flashy. ;)

But in all honesty, I thought the transmission took its own fluid. Or perhaps I just looked wrong. I don't have the user manual, I'll have to find one to download after work.

Oh. Forgot one.

7. Make sure electric connections have proper grease applied. (We cross a lot of creeks and rivers here in West Virginia.)
 

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Best advice I can give is to get a Honda service manual. About $70. Worth a lot more than that if you are going to work on it.
Might find one free online.
Use Amsoil.
 

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Totally forgot, but the parts shops are closed on Sundays and Mondays. But I do have a service manual coming, but who can tell when it will get here even with premium shipping. Project put off a few days until I can get into town for parts.
 

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