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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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me nad my wife recently purchased a 2019 honda foreman 500 just to use for trail riding love the bike but one concern I have is the warranty and cant seem to get a clear answer will honda void the warranty over light mudding and trail riding etc a friend of mine bought a rubicon a few yrs ago and dealership denied fixing the electronic shift because they found mud on the bike and he just uses the bike for a work horse around his land some im just concerned on the dos and donts here
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NO you can drive the atv into mud, its sort of what there made for

BUT if you add LARGE mud tires, and or add a snorkel, or like mods, (lift kits) then YES a dealer CAN void a warranty
also, if you drive atv into water too deep and ingest water into the motor or diff's
then again they can VOID your warranty, due to owner's neglect to stay out of water that is deeper than vents on atv are made for!

so, the basic trail riding and shallow mud, or just MUD being on an atv cannot VOID a warranty

if dealer checks motor oil/diff's and find water, and its NOT due to some factory seal failing, then YES they can void your warranty due to again owners at fault for water getting into things! due to they drove into too deep a water/mud hole!

NEXT< many dealers will also turn a BLIND eye to larger tires,(NOT HUGE ONE"S) lift's and such, if there is a REAL mechanical part failure that they DON":T feel is related to the larger tires or lift
but it is at the dealers discretion here, any time you MODIFY a vehicle from the OEM's design, it can VOID the warranty many folks don't believe this, and many think, its the dealers JOB to prove there MOD caused a defect
and its NOT that way at all from my experience
as it woudl legally fall into a law suit and YOU(who ever made the mod) maybe might have to PROVE it did cause things, NOT the dealer or OEM

OEM"S MAKE things to there SPEC"s you alter the spec's
you now modified the design on how things work
larger tires, change gearing, alter handling, add wear and tear, so, they can VOID a warranty if a dealer wants to PUSH things!
and even crazier, many dealers will SELL you NEW atv;'s with larger tires, many will again turn that blind eye on repairs, but if you TAKE it to a different dealer they might NOT, if you follow me here
as I say some times, there is a GREY area in life LOL
hope this helps explain some things for you!
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thanks yea I noticed there is a lot of gray area when it comes to warranty I try not to get my bikes any deeper than the running boards I don't mind mud but I know water is the enemy when it comes to mechanics. thank you for the info your the clearest answer ive gotten sense purchase
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The warranty is only as good as the dealer your going to. If they can find a cause to deny it a lit if dealers will. Myself, I stick it to Honda every chance I get, even if I loose a little money (warranty time dont pay crap).

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thanks yea I noticed there is a lot of gray area when it comes to warranty I try not to get my bikes any deeper than the running boards I don't mind mud but I know water is the enemy when it comes to mechanics. thank you for the info your the clearest answer ive gotten sense purchase
once you get into water over the foot pegs, you can risk damages, so, if you read in your owners manual, there should be a listing of HOW deep water the atv is designed to safely cross
YES many go deeper and be fine
but at this level, is where things COULD go wrong!

many guys will raise the vents lines on things to try and be safer, and the more extreme guys add the snorkel's as well
some view it as rather be safe than sorry, but once you alter things, its hard some times for a dealer over look after damages happen and your try and get free warranty work done!

big problem for some guys is, you just DON"T Know how deep a puddle or water crossing is till your in it, and thus why some rather do the snorkel and higher vents, and not care about warranty
but its a personal choice and risks one has to decide on!
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Also, some dealers require the ATV be clean before they will service it. Some will make you take it home and others will have a cleaning fee. For example, you wouldn't want to show up with mud packed in the skid plates/tires and weeds around the cv shafts. You have to play it cool. Sort of like every warranty claim on a sports car starts out by saying "I was only doing 25 mph when it happened"
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amen to the dealer, the warranty is only as good as the dealer , some will go above and beyond to keep customers happy but a lot will do anything to avoid fixing warranty work. The best price is not always the best buy!!! a good dealer is way better than saving a couple of hundred dollars...and getting a shady dealer.....
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