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Old 05-18-2012, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy 2001 450es engine on 2003 450es???

I have a 2003 honda foreman 450 es and found a 2001 foreman es was wonder would the engine swap out or is there a difference in the two years. someone told me they where different but i didnt think they were. any help will be great thanks in advance
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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they should be the same only difference between the 03 and 01 is the 03 has trax lock switchable 4x4 and the 01 doesn't
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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welcome to the forum !
i just looked in the service manual and thay dont say anything like "only 02-04 " so im going to say that there all the same (98-04)
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks alot yeah i had a mech. putting the motor off and 2001 es onto the 2003 es and he called and said the motor was different? but i thought the 1998-2004 honda foreman esp were the same?yeah thats the only thing i noticed was the selectable 4wheel drive that was diff. trying to get her back running asap plus i spent 900.00 on motor and last day to return is tues 5/22/12 (14 day return).
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what hapened to the orginal motor in the 2003 450 ?
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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it was smoking real bad was knocking at 1 point but got rid of knock cause oil pump wasnt oiling now smokes white smoke like crazy it only had 700 miles on it .
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:56 AM   #7 (permalink)
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There will be a speed sensor on the 01 motor that you won't need, just leave it in place and tie the wires off somewhere. It's possible the gear position switch if different also. Off the top of my head I can't remember if the 02-04 used the switch to recognize 2,3 and 4 gears or the computer like the older ones. Other than that I think it should work fine.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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ok cool ill go by there and look for myself i should have just done it myself just didnt have time due to school and work. and was trying to give the guy some business.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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do you think the switch for the 2,3,4 gear can be changed out ? becuse i have everything for the 03 to go on the 2001 motor
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have played with several Rancher's and side by side the core 350 motors are all pretty much the same. I have to assume.... That a foreman is that way and parts should swap.
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