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Old 02-16-2013, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm seriously considering a new 2013 Rubicon with power steering, in camo.

I have a Honda Rancher 350 4x4 ES, which I bought new in 2002. My son and I have put it through constant torture ever since, and the only repairs we've had to make are a new carb, new front wheel bearings, and a battery fuse. That's it. So I'm really sold on Honda reliability.

My only hesitation in buying the Rubicon is lack of IRS. Do any of you Rubicon owners seriously miss IRS?

BTW, the type of riding I do is mainly logging roads, moderate mud, moderate hills and ruts, etc. No serious rock climbing.

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Old 02-16-2013, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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u didn't have irs on the rancher...
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I'm seriously considering a new 2013 Rubicon with power steering, in camo.

I have a Honda Rancher 350 4x4 ES, which I bought new in 2002. My son and I have put it through constant torture ever since, and the only repairs we've had to make are a new carb, new front wheel bearings, and a battery fuse. That's it. So I'm really sold on Honda reliability.

My only hesitation in buying the Rubicon is lack of IRS. Do any of you Rubicon owners seriously miss IRS?

BTW, the type of riding I do is mainly logging roads, moderate mud, moderate hills and ruts, etc. No serious rock climbing.

Thanks in advance.
Solid rear axle > IRS. Stronger, less maint, better.

That is of course unless you're a wuss who wants a smooth cushy ride. IMO if you want a smooth cushy ride take up golf as a hobby and stay on the cart path.
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wait till the 14 models come out and see what changes (my bet is foreman twin with a bigger bore)

irs is nice for comfort the SRA is going to be tougher on many work applications, personally i like the solid axle, but my next bike down the road that i turn into a mini submarine will prob be irs for the ground clearance
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u didn't have irs on the rancher...
the rancher at with IRS is really a pleasure to drive on rough terrain
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the rancher at with IRS is really a pleasure to drive on rough terrain
the 350 didn't have irs tho.
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u didn't have irs on the rancher...
That's a good point. But I'm 9 years older than when I bought the Rancher (I just turned 50) and I'm a sucker for comfort.

Too bad I can't test ride a Yahama 550 Grizzly and a Rubicon side-by-side.

I'm asking for opinions from Rubicon owners who have also ridden IRS quads. Do you really wish the Rubicon had IRS? And if so, do you wish you had bought a different quad than the Rubicon?
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considered a rincon?


welcome to the forum also...
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The Rubicon does have adjustable shocks so you can soften or stiffen the ride on them. In the past people would install the adjustable shocks (Canadian trail edition) to get a better ride.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Get a rubi and put a perfex on it. Lift, better ride, and you get to keep the SRA. Won't ride like IRS but worth it to keep SRA (again, imo)
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