In 1988, Honda launched the Legendary Honda FourTrax TRX300 FW, which turned out to be the greatest selling ATV in documented history.
Honda FourTrax 300 4X4 Review:
In addition it has become a major influence in the progress and progression of 4X4 ATVs nowadays. The following is my review about this well recognized four-wheeler from a owner’s perspective.
With the release of the Honda FourTrax 300 4X4 in 1988, I immediately went right to the Honda dealership and purchased one for $3,000. After twenty four years of regular use, my reliable Honda FourTrax still looks terrific, operates powerful and also Honda ATV components and ATV add-on parts can easily be bought. Because of honda’s reputation and great engineering you can purchase a FourTrax 300 today for 1500-2000 dollars used.
Honda FourTrax Specifications:
The Honda FourTrax comes with a carbureted 282cc (20 hp) air-cooled, four-stroke motor, single-cylinder, all time four-wheel drive, 5-speed manual transmission, auto clutch, maintenance-free shaft drive, double-wishbone front suspension, limited-slip front differential, foot pegs, a rear cargo rack and 3.3 gallon metal fuel tank, which also includes a.7 gallon reserve.
The rear suspension includes a swing-arm, single shock absorber with the differential, brake hub assemblies, and trailer hitch mounted on a straight axle. Additionally, in rear are the taillight and storage area compartment placed under a hinged portion of the back rack.
The Honda’s battery, electrical system and air box are under the seat. A back-up kick-starter is hidden just under the right side panel (a handy addition). The compression release lever is on the right front of the engine. it’s right brake pedal is just in front of the foot peg. The fuel selector, located just below the left side of the fuel tank selects on, off and reserve.
Honda FourTrax 300 handlebars:
The front line handlebar controls has a few settings, from left to right; hand-grip and rear brake lever switch, parking brake lock lever, reverse button, engine kill switch, choke, light switches, starter button and includes an auxiliary 12 volt receptacle. It’s center console includes a reverse light, neutral light, oil temperature light and key switch. Located on the far right the, hand-grip, throttle lever, front brake lever and brake reservoir.
Honda FourTrax Routine Maintenance:
For all my time of owning a Honda FourTrax 300 I have only had to refurbish the rear axle a couple of years ago because of my inability to always keep the axle lock nut tight, damaging the left hub spline. Current owners should really examine the left and right lock nuts occasionally. Granted the maintenance access is extremely easy to get to. I also was required to swap out the fuel selector assembly and fuel line. This is obviously a common repair due to age.
The Honda FourTrax service manual is written really well, and is easy for the average person to read and follow its instructions.
Honda FourTrax 300 Performance:
It’s small 282 cc engine behaves and also performs similar to its larger 400 cc counterpart. With it’s top acceleration and speed of right around 45 mph. Currently being in the ultra-low 1st and reverse gears you in no way experience motor bog down and also run out of power. The all round ride and driving experience is absolutely smooth apart from its rigid suspension. The steering and turning radius is quite awesome, even with full-time 4WD engaged. The Honda FourTrax is named a superb first ATV for rookies. It’s gas milage is incredibly good, having under no circumstances ever ran out of gas personally!
The Honda FourTrax has by no means let me down in virtually all it’s time of difficult riding yet still operates and also functions like new. Granted I have purchased some new more modern and effective ATVs, but yet I still keep the durable Honda FourTrax 300 as a spare bike for me to ride.