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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-02-2017, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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2017 Rubicon Deluxe

New to the forum. I'm looking to upgrade from my 2001 Rancher 350ES to the 20017 Rubicon Deluxe. Looking for input form others on how they are liking the newer design, DCT transmission, power steering, ETC. I mainly ride all types of trails, creek beds, and a little mudding. Any and all input is appreciated. Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-02-2017, 02:53 PM
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Hi and welcome. The boys here know all kind of things about most anything.
I have a 2016 DCT and am loving it. The 2017 have a newer computer update that makes them shift way better than the earlier models.
Love mine and the diff lock is a nice touch for crawling around.
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Thanks for the info. I have read nothing but good things from the magazine articles. I wanted to hear it from people that are going to be honest. I like the ES function and will use it the most but it will be nice on those long basic trails to utilize the automatic mode.
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Once you get use to the automatic you might use it more than you think. That is quite an upgrade and a completely different machine. The biggest thing your going to notice at first is how much higher your sitting with ground clearance and seat height. It's a bigger machine all around so a short learning curve on it's handling will happen. Great machine and you will love the added power, power steering, disk brakes, irs, and diff lock (when needed).

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I am expecting a big learning curve on how the machine handles and performs. I heard a rumor that there has been problems with the DCT transmission but can't find anything to confirm the rumor. Does anyone know if that is true? If there is a problem I'm guessing it would be due to running thru deep mud, using high range while working the machine, ETC.
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If you ride water/mud you need to dielectric grease all the connectors, other than that I know of no problems. On the pioneer 1000 dct there are some clutch issues but that's a completely different machine. I think a lot of those problems are user error.

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I have 2015 dct love it no problems

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i have a 2016. Been great so far.
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I have a 2017 DCT Deluxe and it's absolutely amazing. I do some pretty hardcore off-roading and it's been flawless. The only thing I can see so far that might be an issue later on is the paint where your legs rub. It's visibly shinier than the rest of the panels and since it's painted it will eventually wear through instead of just polishing the molded plastics. Also, she's definitely hard on fuel compared to the 450's I'm riding with, but it's still being broken in (130kms total), so we'll see. Definitely an amazing machine though.
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Toodeep, since the DCT Ranchers have the same transmission in them, any chance Honda will offer a different ECU or can you flash the Rancher DCT ECU to get it to shift smoother?

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