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I have noticed on every Foreman 400 I ever rode, ( which is several ) I was always able to steer them alot easier than my 300 4X4's. Then I ran across an old article on the internet the other day that was made in the year 2000. It was reviewing the Honda Foreman 400 and said it had all wheel drive.

Now I have had 2 S-10 Blazers that were 4X4. I now own an Oldsmobile Bravada, which is a dressed up S-10 Blazer, and the Bravada has all wheel drive. You can turn the Bravada like a car and the front end does not bind up like the 4X4 does. My Bravada is the 1st year one, so the front wheels are pulling all the time. I don't have the type where it is actually in 2 wheel till something starts spinning, then it goes to 4 wheel.
My mechanic told me that the Bravada has something called a viscous joint or viscous coupling, that enables it to turn like a 2 wheel drive, while it is in 4 wheel drive.

Now that my truck lecture is over, is the Foreman 400 set up like this? That would explain why it is so much easier to turn than any of the 300 4X4s I have owned or ridden.

Just to clarify, I have ridden approximatly 10 different Foreman 400's and at least 15 diffferent 300 4X4's and the steering difference between them all have been exactly as described above. 3004X4 hard to steer- Foreman 400 easy to steer.
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both the 300 and the 400 stirring are set up pretty much the same. The 400 will have alittle longer travel in the stirring. There are a few items that will help ease the stirring on both. First is the stirring stem bushing locate close to the top of the stem, it requires greasing from time to time. Also a bearing located at the bottom of the stem that is replaceable and the tie rod ends. With age these items will ware out causing drag in the stirring. now on the allwheel drive, the front diff is a limited slip diff
Hmmmmmmmmmmm interesting. I did find out that on the Bravadas, the viscous coupling or joint is actually inside the front differential. So one would not know it by looking at the drive line. Maybe this could be the case with the 400? Or those little items make a big difference.
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