Ok, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when making my purchase of the 2017 ECM. I am so glad I did, and I owe it to all of you guys that shared this information on these forums. You see I was never really happy the the shift mapping on my 2016, I mean it worked but it felt clunky at times. I didn't really use it that much, but when I let my daughter drive she would always use the auto DCT mode for simplicity. Besides the rough shifting that would happen from time to time, the biggest complaint I had was when she was climbing a hill and the downshift was not smooth and would abruptly engage the lower gear causing the quad to lunge forward. This can be dangerous on an incline, she had to adjust to learn how to best deal with this...
Fast forward to earlier today when I installed my 2017 ECM. WOW. Immediately, I noticed, or should I say DIDNT notice, the shifting. It is truly night and day difference. I tried it a bit on my property and then we quickly decided we needed to take it out to the trails for a real test. We only rode for an hour or so. But it was really like driving a different ATV, at some times you really couldnt even detect the shifts at all. We even tested out several scenarios where it would downshift on an uphill and it was silky smooth. I would have loved to get a dealer to flash my ECM but after reading all of the posts with clueless dealers, I didn't even waste my time. Plus, I have a spare ECM in case I ever need it in a pinch, or for diagnosis. I did notice what appears to be a better startup, I noticed that mine use to take more revolutions than normal, but now 2-3 revs and she is running. The last point was more from my daughter, but she swears the bike felt like it had a little bit more pep in it's step.
Needless to say, if you are an owner of a DCT Rubicon that you were never quite happy with the shifting, do yourself a favor and buy this ECM now!!!
Happy Trails Everyone! And thanks to all of you who shared this information, what a great community!!
2016 Honda Foreman Rubicon (FA6)
DCT / IRS / EPS *2017 ECM
ITP Delta Steel Wheels (12x7)
ITP Blackwater Evolutions (26x9 Front, 26x11 Rear)
Gorilla Whips LED 4ft
Quadboss rear bag
Front bag, with (2) 1 Gal Rotopax
Ricochet A-Arm skids Front and Rear