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Does anybody know why Honda quit producing this tough as nails atv? Sometimes I just wonder why certain manufactures quit makin' things that work & work well.
 

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Cause they make things that work better and prob costs are cheaper since there is more technoligy in the 450 and 500
 

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My Father in law has one a it is very tought. Flip it upside down in water flip it over drain the air box and you are back riding
 

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The primary reason I would guess would be because of the development of the Rancher 400 AT. Honda did not want 2 ATV's in the same class even though they were different in almost every way. Because the Foreman 400 so closely resembled the 450, the 450 held the ranks for best reliability and better features therefore discontinuing the 400 still left the 450 open for the market.

The 450 and 400 Foremans didn't have disk brakes, higher ground clearance, or more suspension travel than other ATV's in the 400 class such as say, the Big Bear 400. Because of this buyers began to choose other brands over Honda therefore when Honda ended production of the 400 the 450 still being left out gave more power, lower gears, digital display, etc. which many of the 400 competition did not have... which brought lookers that didn't want the Ranch 400AT to go for the Foreman 450 over other brands.

So, if you look at it both ways, it was reasonable to do, yet, I don't think they should have quit making them.
 

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I agree,to push the sales of the Rancher 400!!!The old Foreman 400s were bullet proof and were torquer than the 450 too.Honda most likely wasnt selling that many of them also.
 

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THen explain to me why there is Rubicon 500's and the Foreman 500 being upgradded from the 450's

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QUOTE ("Truegrit":314eogsg)
The Rubi and Foreman look similar but have very different engines and trannies. Its the old auto vs. manual debate.
I agree
 

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good question RR i have 97 with over 35,000 miles on it can't tear that sun a beach up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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THen explain to me why there is Rubicon 500's and the Foreman 500 being upgradded from the 450's

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B.
The 2005/2006 Honda Foreman S/ES is the same thing as the 2005/2006 Honda Rubicon. We all know this: same frame, same body, same suspension, etc. All except for the motor and transmission. So, my question is why doesn't Honda just make ONE Honda Foreman Rubicon that you consumers get in either an automatic, manual, or electric manual versions?? Suzuki does this with the Vinson 500 Automatic or Manual which has disc brakes, dual shocks in rear, liquid cooled, handlebar light, high/low tranny, 2wd/4wd.

Since the intro of the new Foreman 500, I would like to see the sales of these compared to the new body Rubicon.
 
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