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Hi Guys,

Just got my first atv, a red '04 Rincon, and have some questions. What kind of gas mileage can I expect? Does anyone have experience using tire sealant/balancer? Good idea/bad idea? Honda says not to use oils labled "energy conserving", but all of the automotive oils I've checked except some 10W40 are "energy conserving"- any thoughts? Any tips on routine maintenance? Thanks for the help.
 

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you can figure 17-20 mpg..not a big fan of tire sealant,never seen it work like it should.

rotella 5-40w is not energy conserving and it is on sale at wal-mart for 12.88 a gallon,i run it in my truck,my street bike,my rincon and both my honda aquatrax pwc's.had good results so far..

keep the radiator clean of all mud,after every ride i now pull the side cover off the radiator and make sure i back flush it and no i don't play in the mud but it does get splashed up there as we ride the trails and it will run hot if you don't clean it..
 

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Toolman,

Thanks for the very informative answers to my "newbee" questions.
 

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If I recall correctly, and at my age that is getting harder to do, the "energy conserving" oils contain friction modifiers which is usually a no-no for bikes that use the engine oil to bathe the clutch. The "non engery conserving" oils do not contain friction modifiers and are recommended in order to keep the clutches from slipping. I was having trouble with the clutch slipping not long after I bought my Raptor. I changed over from YamaLube 20-40 to Valvoline 20-50 and have not had any clutch problems now in 2 years. I feel sure the Honda oils are non friction oils as well. I think from what I have been reading about the Rincons tranny is that it shares the oil with the engine. The 20-50 may be to thick for Colorado use so I would see what viscosity Honda recommends for you climate. Just my 2 cents worth....
 

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I went to my local Honda dealer to get oil and a filter for my first oil change.They sold me a filter at $12 but said they were out of the Pro Honda GN4 10w-40 that I asked for ($4.00 Qt.)and said that the Kawa*-&#* oil was the same.I said no thanks and went to Wally World.I had to look around a bit but found Quaker State 4-stroke oil($1.86 Qt.) API SG ,JASO T 903 Standard MA.Needless to say I wont be back to the dealer for oil and filters.
 

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Thanks to Rocky4x4 for asking a lot of Rincon newbie questions for me!! (-;

But I have a few concerning tire sealant. I'm running the stocker tires and have been told they can puncture fairly easily. What kind of sealant are others using? Any problems with balance or damage to the aluminum rims?

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All my buds & I are using SLIME no problems or flats!!!16oz per tire,you can get it at Harbor freight or wally world for 5.99 a bottle

P.S. makes a nice mess when you have to replace your tires. tire people will love you for it
 

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Thanks!! I noticed it at Wally-world the other evening, along with another brand for the same price (although a larger bottle).
 

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Also check farm supply stores for Slime. (Rual King / TSC-Tractor Supply, etc) You can get it in a 1 gallon pump bottle for around $30 - $35. You get a lot more of it for less cash per ounce by buying the gallon jug.
 
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