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Need Some Help with a Decision

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First off, hi to everyone. I've been lurking for a few days. Very cool forum.

Secondly, I need help with a decision. I'm looking at getting my first ATV in the next week or so. I can't decide what to get. It's definitely going to be used. I've located two that I can't decide between. I'm out of my element when it comes to ATVs, so I'll try to be as precise as I can. They are the same price, and here's how they stack up...

2006 Honda Rancher ES 350. Two years left on warranty. Everything on it is stock. 133 miles. In excellent condition.

2002 Honda Foreman Rubicon 500. Full time 4x4. New High Lifter springs. New 26" Dirt Devil II tires. Never mudded, garage kept, well maintained, new air filter, oil change. High/Low range, gun rack, 2" ball. 300 hours and 1900 miles. Looks to be in excellent condition considering it's an '02.

I'm not going to be doing any mudding or extreme riding. I want an ATV for the deer lease and light trail riding. It might get to do some light work like making food plots, etc. I'm 6'4" and a few over 260 lbs, so I want something substantial under me. I know I probably don't NEED a 500 right now, but Foremans/Rubicons are by far my favorite looking ATV.
Pics of the Rubicon hopefully attached. Will try to post pics of the Rancher shortly.

For the same price, am I stupid for not going with the Rubicon? Is it way more than I need right now, and I should just go with the Rancher 350? Is the full time 4x4 something to avoid?

Thanks in advance for your help. Let me know if more info is needed for an educated decision.
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