Honda Red Wing Rider
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Hey Brandon, we chatted earlier but I'll post here for everyone's info.
At one time there was a Detroit Gearless locker available for the Foreman's, I don't think its available anymore. It worked well but required maintenance, had wearable parts and was expensive.
I installed the high lifter spool in my Foreman about 12 years ago, I also have the Warn 424 selector (which is now the Wide Open kit you were looking at).
The spool style locker (even in 2wd) makes the steering heavier than stock. Very noticeable at slow speed on a hard surface like pavement. Once your moving you don't notice it as much, and on loose gravel, mud, etc you can hardly tell its there.
Handling absolutely DOES NOT suffer greatly. I've been riding with it 12 years and 10,000km on all kinds of trail conditions it handles the same.
So the spool is out there for sale, relatively inexpensive, easily reversible if you don't like it, requires no special maintenance or repairs and traction of true 4wd is unmatched by the stock differential, especially the non-trax lock 98-01 diffs like in our bikes. I would not install the spool without a 2wd to 4wd selector as riding on a hard surface would definitely cause something to bind and break.
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1998 Foreman 450s - not stock
1985 Honda 250sx - in progress