2018 Honda Foreman 500 ATV Model Differences Explained + Comparison Review of Specs | FourTrax TRX500

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– 2018 Honda TRX500 Foreman ATV Buyer’s Guide | Model Lineup Explained + HP & TQ Performance Info / MPG + More! –

Everything you need to know about the 2018 FourTrax Foreman 500 four-wheeler in one place!

Looking for the best 2018 Honda ATV to suit your needs? More importantly, looking for the best FourTrax Foreman 500 model ATV for you? Confused by the 1,000 different options and variations of Honda’s four wheeler models for 2018? Trust me, you’re not the only one. Are you confused by all of the Model ID Numbers / Codes and names etc? Check out my Detailed 2018 ATV Model Lineup Explained post by Clicking Here. I recently did a 2018 Rancher 420 Comparison Review / Breakdown (2017 Rancher 420 Comparison Review / Breakdown) breaking down all of the differences etc and with it being such a huge hit – I thought I would attack the TRX500 Foreman ATV next and all of the different models available to choose from with the Foreman name. This will not cover the Rubicon model as I will break those down and their differences in the next few days.

Confused by the differences between the 2018 Foreman vs Rubicon? You can check that 500cc class ATV comparison by clicking here for all of the details and nitty-gritty spec differences when comparing the 2018 Rubicon 500 VS Foreman 500.

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Before we dive deep into the 2018 Foreman 500, let’s go over one *VERY IMPORTANT piece of information… The TRX500 Foreman ATV lineup has recently changed and some of the models that you may be used to that have been present for many years have now been *DISCONTINUED. What Foreman 500 ATV models have recently been discontinued and won’t be returning for 2018? Let’s break them down…

Discontinued Foreman 500 Models:

  • Foreman ES (TRX500FE1)
    • There will be no 2018 Foreman 500 ES (Electric Shift) model. Honda has discontinued this model, for 2018, the only way you can get the ES transmission option is if you get EPS (Electric Power Steering) too which is called the Foreman 500 ES / EPS (TRX500FE2).
  • Foreman EPS (TRX500FM2)
    • There will be no 2018 Foreman 500 Manual-Shift or Foot-Shift as some call it with EPS (Electric Power Steering). If you want your 2018 Foreman 500 with the Manual-Shift transmission and EPS you are sadly up a creek without a paddle. The only way you can get the Manual-Shift transmission is if you skip EPS and the only way you can get EPS is if you go with the ES / EPS model.

Why did Honda discontinue those (2) ATV models? As time and technology has passed and Honda offered more and more features, it made the model lineup grow more and more and in return it did nothing but confuse a lot of people as there is a thing as “too many options” for some. Personally, I think it’s a step in the wrong direction. I liked the idea of really being able to fine-tune the model you want with all of the exact features you want but I don’t make those calls so I’ll keep my trap shut haha. One other upside though is it also makes it easier for dealers to keep all of Honda’s ATV models and model variations in stock as it was rather difficult unless you have a pretty large showroom to put all of them on display for customers to see.

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Helpful ATV Model Lineup Info / Links:

2018 Honda ATV Horsepower / Torque & MPG Comparison Chart of Performance Specs / Power-to-Weight Ratio Review

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2018 Honda Foreman 500 ATV Model Lineup Differences Explained / Comparison Review of Specs / TRX500 Review of all Model Numbers & ID Codes

2018 Honda Foreman 500 ATV Model Lineup Differences Explained / Comparison Review – Click Here |

2018 Honda 4×4 ATV Model Lineup Feature / Spec Comparison Chart

Rancher 4×4 Rancher ES 4×4  Rancher DCT EPS 4×4  Rancher DCT IRS 4×4 Rancher DCT IRS EPS 4×4 Foreman 4×4 Foreman ES 4×4 Rubicon EPS 4×4 Rubicon DCT 4×4 Rubicon DCT EPS 4×4 Rubicon DCT EPS Deluxe 4×4 Rincon 4×4
Independent Rear Suspension (IRS)
Solid Rear Axle
Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Electric Shift
Manual Shift
DCT Automatic Transmission
Automatic Transmission
Differential Lock


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2018 Honda Foreman ATV Model ID / Code Key:

  • TRX – Generic prefix for all Honda ATV Sport / Utility 2WD & 4WD models
  • 500 – 500 cc class engine
  • F – Four Wheel Drive
  • M – Manual Shift
  • E – Electric Shift – Automatic
  • 1 – No Power Steering / EPS
  • 2 – Power Steering / EPS
  • J – 2018 Model Year
  • EPS – Electric Power Steering
  • ESP – Electric Shift Program (Normally referred to as ES)
  • ES – Electric Shift
  • FourTrax – Honda uses this as a generic model name for all of their utility ATV models in the lineup. Some confuse FourTrax as a certain model from Honda or that it means 4×4 but that is not the case as even 2×4 models use FourTrax.

* All Utility style ATVs (with racks) are automatic in the sense that they don’t have a clutch to use, commonly referred to as having a semi-automatic clutch.


Now lets put the key above to use… What is a TRX500FM1J? It is a 500 Foreman Manual Shift without EPS and is a 2018 model. TRX = ATV / 500 = 500cc / F = Four Wheel Drive / M = Manual shift / 1 = No EPS / J = 2018.

Alright, now that we’ve got all of that out of the way let’s get to the details that you came here for and that’s to break down the 2018 Honda FourTrax TRX500 ATV model lineup and explain what the different models offer you as far as features go etc. Due to Honda discontinuing a few of the Foreman models recently, it definitely makes this an easier task but it can still be rather confusing for most people unless you’re working around them on a daily basis.

2018 Foreman 500 Prices / Model Options

2018 Honda Foreman 500 Model Options / Variations / MSRP Prices:

2018 Foreman 500 Models / Feature Differences
Foreman 4×4 TRX500FM1J Foreman 4×4 ES / EPS TRX500FE2J
Front Differential Lock
Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Electric Shift Program (ESP)
Foot-Shift Transmission


2018 Honda Foreman 500 Colors / Options:

  • 2018 Foreman 500 (TRX500FM1): Shale Blue, Red, Olive Green
  • 2018 Foreman ES / EPS (TRX500FE2): Shale Blue, Red, Phantom Camo


2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman 500 ATV Review / Specs - Horsepower / Price / Four Wheeler / 4x4 Quad - TRX500

2018 Foreman 500 Engine Details

2018 Foreman 500 Engine / Performance Specs & Information

Do you have any engine options to choose from with he 2018 Foreman 500? Nope, only one engine to choose which is the 475cc displacement engine you’ll find out more info on below. You may be saying to yourself – “Wait, I thought this was a Foreman 500 and not a Foreman 475?” and that would be a good question as well as one that I get almost on a daily basis. All manufacturers round up when it comes to their model names and engine ‘sizes’ when they are included in the actual model name.

When it comes to the performance department of the 2018 Foreman 500, here’s a breakdown of the HP & TQ rating for the 475cc engine as well as the fuel mileage:

  • 2018 Foreman 500 Horsepower: 28.7 HP @ 6,250 RPM
  • 2018 Foreman 500 Torque: 28 lb/ft TQ @ 5,000 RPM
  • 2018 Foreman 500 Miles Per Gallon: 33.6 MPG

2018 Foreman 500 Transmission / Steering / Suspension Options & Choices

2018 Honda 500 Foreman Transmission Options:

  • Foreman with Manual / Foot Shift Transmission (No Clutch)

With the Manual / Foot Shift 2018 Foreman 500, changing gears is done by clicking up and down with your foot on the foot-shifter in the left floorboard. There is no clutch so you don’t have to worry about stalling or “killing” the engine. The term “manual” can be misleading sometimes as when people hear “manual” they automatically assume it will have a clutch that you have to use but that is NOT the case with Honda’s entire utility ATV model lineup.

  • Foreman ES / Electric Shift

With the ES / Electric Shift 2018 Foreman 500, changing gears is done by click the UP and DOWN arrow on the ESP module located on the left side of the handlebars. Worried about the ES failing or having an issue on your Honda ATV? Honda includes a backup manual-shifter with every ES model ATV whether it be the Foreman, Rancher, Rincon or Recon. Honda also includes a backup manual-shifter with all of their DCT models too like the Rubicon DCT and Rancher DCT models.

  • ⇒ * The only other transmission option in the 500cc ATV class from Honda would be the DCT if you go to the Rubicon 500 and that offers you Honda’s fully automatic transmission as the Foreman doesn’t have a “fully automatic” transmission as an option.
2018 Honda Foreman 500 Manual Shift ATV Review / Specs - Price / Colors / Horsepower & Performance Rating / 4x4 Four Wheeler / Quad

Manual / Foot-Shift Transmission (no clutch)

2018 Honda Foreman ES 500 ATV Review / Specs

Foreman ES (Electric Shift)


2017 Honda 500 Foreman Rear Suspension Options:

  • The standard Foreman is only available with a SRA / Solid Rear Axle

The rear drive shaft axle is enclosed for greater protection and support of the drive bearings. Rubber bushings absorb loads between frame and swingarm at the pivot point; they’re bonded to an inner and outer collar so debris cannot intrude.

2018 Honda Foreman TRX500 ATV Review / Specs / Horsepower & Torque Performance Rating

Foreman 500 Rear Suspension

  •  * The only other rear suspension option in the 500cc ATV model lineup class from Honda would be the IRS if you go to the Rubicon 500.
2018 Honda Rubicon 500 DELUXE DCT EPS ATV Review / Horsepower / Specs - 4x4 Four Wheeler TRX500

Rubicon 500 Rear Suspension – IRS


2018 Honda 500 Foreman Steering Options:

  • Foreman with EPS (Electric Power Steering)
  • Foreman with manual steering

On the 2018 Foreman 500 you have the option of buying a model with Electric Power Steering (EPS) or without and going with the “standard” steering like a regular ATV so-to-say.


  • Which 2018 Honda Foreman 500 ATV model is better than the other?

Neither is “better” than the next per say as it all boils down to which one has the feature or features you want in a new four wheeler.

  • Is the Electric Shift / ES on the Foreman going to be a problem or have issues?

With anything you have a possibility of a failure but that’s not to say the ES is going to break or tear up more often than a regular manual / foot-shift Foreman. Honda has been using the ES mechanism on their ATVs for well over a decade now and there’s a reason why they are known to be the most reliable ATVs on the market. Honda also includes a back-up manual shifter for the Foreman ES models.

  • What is a “back-up manual / foot-shifter” for the Foreman ES?

It’s a tool that is included with all ES models so you can manually shift through the gears should your ES quit working – with that you won’t have to worry about ever being stranded in the woods or out on the trails because of a problem with the ES. Some just prefer not to have to worry about electronics though and would rather shift gears with their foot and Honda is one of the few that still offer a choice like that on their ATV models.

  • Is Honda’s EPS / Electric Power Steering reliable?

Honda originally released their EPS system back in 2007 on the Foreman 500. As a trial run, you could only buy the Foreman with EPS if it was the ES model and you could only get it in red. Ever since then Honda has been steaming ahead with EPS and has thrown it on every 4×4 ATV model in the lineup excluding the Rincon. I haven’t seen an issue yet with the EPS module nor has Honda had any recalls or problems with those ATV models sporting the EPS feature.

  • Is the Electric Power Steering worth the $700 upgrade?

In my opinion… YES! It’s worth every penny of it! It’s one of those things you truly have to ride and experience to fully appreciate the ride and how nice it is to have. Once you ride an ATV with EPS though – you’ll never be able to own one without as it’ll spoil you quickly. When I say that the EPS option is $700, I’m referring to the MSRP price increase as a dealer could have their discounts worked out differently and the EPS only be $500 more or $900 more etc. It all just depends on how they structure their pricing on ATVs.

  • What’s the difference between the 2018 Foreman and Rubicon? Which is better when comparing the Rubicon vs Foreman?

I recently put together a blog post that you can find here. I have detailed frame pictures showing the differences in their frames, transmission differences, suspension differences, electronic differences, wheels & tires plus more! A lot of people assume they are very similar machines but that is far from the case… 2018 Foreman vs Rubicon Detailed Comparison Review – Click Here.

Here’s an overview of Features & Specs on the 2018 TRX 500 Foreman ATV model lineup.

2018 Honda Foreman 500 Overview of Features


Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) was used to redesign the frame and it’s 20% stiffer than the previous model – and 5 pounds lighter. Its rigidity balance has been carefully tuned to reduce harshness and give a smoother ride; the overall result is more precise handling and control plus improved stability.

Front Suspension

The independent double wishbone design gets an extra .6 travel, giving a total of 7.2 inches for better front tire traction, steering accuracy and rider comfort. The suspension settings have been revised and spring preload can now be adjusted to suit loads carried.

Rear Suspension

The rear drive shaft axle is now enclosed for greater protection and support of the drive bearings. The rear disc brake has been re-sited inside the right rear wheel, out of harm’s way. Rubber bushings absorb loads between frame and swingarm at the pivot point; they’re bonded to an inner and outer collar so debris cannot intrude. Suspension travel is again increased 15mm to 185mm.


TraxLok allows easy selection on the move of either 2wd or 4wd – 2wd gives lighter steering on flat ground, while 4wd maximizes traction. A differential locker system has been added; at the push of a button the Foreman will go from 2wd to 4wd with the TraxLok differential engaged; rotating the switch locks out the diff. in 4wd mode. An LED indicator light shows diff. lock engagement.

Speed Over Ride

Speed is limited to 20mph in normal use, but a Speed Over Ride feature is integrated into the starter button. For speeds up to 40mph (and to get the increased wheel speed needed to deal with deep mud) the starter can be pushed and held.

CV Joint Protection

Plastic CV Joint boots have replaced rubber. The revised inboard and outboard boot guard layout improves protection and the plastic boots themselves have 65% greater puncture resistance and twice the tear strength. Sealed steering knuckle bearings add durability.


The Foreman’s new bodywork maintains its ability to protect from mud and flying debris, plus the unique floorboards that allow the rider’s feet to grip the footrests while keeping away mud and debris. The one-piece tank cover and side panels can be removed without tools and give immediate access to the engine, the fuel tank, intake system and electrical components.

Increasing practicality the steel front rack can now carry and extra 22 lbs, at 88 lbs total; the rear rack has been beefed up to haul 176 lbs. The maximum weight capacity is now 551 lbs.


New dual front headlights feature 35/35W bulbs, as opposed to 30/30W giving increased output with light distribution more focused in low and high beam. The assist light now operates independently of the main headlights – it can be off when on low beam, and turns on with high beam. It can also be turned off if the front rack is loaded.


The digital odometer, trip and hour meter are joined by a clock, coolant temperature gauge, ‘maintenance minder’ system (hours and mile/km) and diff. lock indicator.

Electrical Power Steering / EPS (Optional)

The EPS unit now mounts in three places rather than two adding a greater rigidity balance to the steering. It features a revised ECU map that significantly reduces low speed steering effort whether loaded or unloaded. Kickback is also decreased, aiding rider comfort and the steering’s linearity/damping is enhanced.

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Electrical system

The Alternating Current Generator (ACG) was recently upgraded 16% from 416W output to 481W, giving an improved margin for running electrical accessories. A wet-type GYZ16 battery has replaced the dry-type YTX14 unit. It features 16Ah capacity and offers improved reliability.


The Foreman 500 packs a 475cc liquid-cooled OHV engine. Unique to Honda it’s longitudinally mounted and ensures a low center of gravity, plus delivers direct and efficient drive top to the drive shafts. The fuel injection and air-intake system have been fine-tuned to give even smoother power delivery and throttle feel; a new automotive-spec fuel pump increases durability and is easier to service. It uses a cam lock ring and O-ring to secure it in the tank and its filter now has a 60,000+ mile life.

The recent 10% increase in fuel economy – with no loss of drivability or power ­– has been achieved by using a ‘leaner’ fuel map for when cruising, and a ‘richer’ map at high engine speed and large throttle openings. An 02 lambda sensor in the exhaust constantly adjusts the fueling, lowering emissions.

Foreman Features

  • Recently updated double-cradle steel frame developed with Computer Aided Engineering features increased stiffness (up 20 percent) and reduced weight for even more precise handling and a smoother ride.
  • Front and rear suspension features an increase in travel to 7.3 inches at both ends plus new shocks for a plush and controlled ride.
  • The Foreman’s TraxLok 2WD/4WD system now offers three drive modes: 2WD; 4WD with TraxLok torque-sensing front differential; and a new 4WD mode with locking front differential to optimize traction.
  • This new TraxLok system also features a Speed Override mode that can be engaged when the front differential is locked, which allows increased wheel speed under severe conditions such as deep mud.
  • Optional Electric Power Steering (EPS) system incorporates new ECU mapping for improved linearity in steering response, reduced low-speed steering effort for enhanced maneuverability and decreased kickback traits for improved all-around steering action.
  • Load capacity for both front and rear carriers has been increased to 88 pounds in front, 176 pounds for the rear.
  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch with 848-pound towing capacity.
  • Twin-headlight system has been redesigned and now features 35-watt headlights with a more focused light distribution pattern for improved visibility after dark.
  • Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina, using domestically and globally sourced parts.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Foreman Engine / Drivetrain

  • Powerful liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine is longitudinally mounted in the frame allowing direct driveshaft alignment to front and rear wheels for improved drivetrain efficiency.
  • Overhead-valve design creates a compact engine for excellent ground clearance while maintaining a broad, easy-to-use powerband.
  • Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch with a low-rpm engagement point for excellent driveability and towing capability.
  • Recently changed mapping for the Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system improves power delivery and throttle response, and increases fuel efficiency for greater range.
  • The Foreman 4×4 ES model features a five-speed transmission with Reverse and an ultra-low first gear, and Honda’s exclusive Electric Shift Program (ESP) for easy shifts with the touch of handlebar-mounted buttons.
  • Stainless-steel exhaust system includes a USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler designed for quiet operation without servicing for long-lasting performance.
  • Automotive-style fuel pump and 60,000+ mile fuel filter

Foreman Chassis / Suspension

  • Adjustable spring preload on all shocks allows suspension tuning to match varying loads and riding conditions
  • Enclosed-axle type swingarm with optimized stiffness for improved toughness and durability, and excellent handling performance.
  • Rubber swingarm pivot bushings yield increased low-speed ride comfort and increased durability.
  • Rear brake is located inside the right rear wheel for improved durability and increased ground clearance.
  • All-new one-piece tank/side cover allows easy access (no tools required) for maintenance.
  • Revolutionary Electric Power Steering (EPS)-EPS model only.
  • Three-point mounting setup for the EPS system makes the entire steering mechanism more rigid for even more precise steering.
  • Increased AC generator output of 481 watts to allow powering more electrical accessories.
  • Recent meter display changes, now with added functions like a Maintenance Minder system that notifies when it is time for service.
  • Top assist light now operates independently of front headlights so it can be turned off while carrying a load on the front carrier.
  • Fuel pump is derived from Honda automobile technology. It mounts in the fuel tank for better heat isolation and offers increased filter life.
  • Plastic CV joint boots are more durable and tear-resistant.
  • Sealed steering knuckle bearings for extended durability.
  • Optimized rider triangle for added comfort.
  • A 20mm (0.8 inch) increase in seat foam thickness and softer seat foam increase rider comfort.
  • Dual front hydraulic disc brakes and sealed mechanical rear drum brake for strong stopping power.
  • Full-length synthetic lower skidplate with integrated front brush guard.
  • GYZ16 wet-type battery.
  • Swingarm pivot rubber bushings.

2018 Honda Foreman 500 Development 

The FourTrax Foreman series of Honda ATVs has carved out an enviable reputation for making life easier-and a good deal more fun. No matter what’s on the to-do list, these hard-working ATVs can help you tackle the big jobs, and they also know how to have plenty of fun when it’s time for that well-earned getaway. Now that reputation grows stronger than ever as the next generation of Foreman models arrive with an all-new chassis, upgraded suspension components, new 2WD/4WD drive system featuring an all-new locking front differential, fresh styling and more.

Machines to Match the Job

The manual-shift FourTrax Foreman 4×4 is the machine of choice for riders who prefer a conventional gearbox, while the FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ES boasts Honda’s renowned Electric Shift Program (ESP®) that delivers push-button convenience for upshifts and downshifts. Both versions can be had with the option of a new, updated Electric Power Steering system as well, and both come equipped with a powerful liquid-cooled 500-class engine that’s as durable and reliable as it is strong-just what you’d expect from Honda. Adding to the Foreman’s already impressive versatility, owners can select add-ons from a wide assortment of Honda accessories that increase comfort, work capabilities and convenience.

Better Riding Through CAE

The biggest news focuses on the recently finished up all-new chassis built on a new double-cradle steel frame that wraps around the engine. Developed with the use of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) to design and analyze every part of the vehicle, this in-depth analysis allowed the development team to confirm the design of every part before a prototype vehicle was ever built, and then fine-tune the actual mechanicals.

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ATV Frame Comparison – Rubicon (top) vs Foreman (bottom)

This new chassis offers increased stiffness (up 20 percent over the previous generation Foreman) to accommodate higher operating loads, along with improved compliance for a smoother ride while simultaneously delivering even more precise handling. Honda’s CAE studies also analyzed major masses to achieve the lightest weight possible; as a result, this new frame also yields a five-pound reduction in weight over the previous-generation’s frame.

An all-new enclosed-axle-type swingarm further enhances strength and rigidity in the chassis. A sturdy sleeve over the rear axle not only strengthens it but also gives better protection, and it allows the swingarm to support more of the rear-wheel loads-a thoughtful design that adds to driveline durability. To enhance rider comfort, this new swingarm mounts in new rubber swingarm pivot bushings that absorb loads at the swingarm/frame junction. As another plus, since these rubber bushings are bonded to the inner and outer swingarm collars, dirt can’t enter the swingarm pivot area to cause wear-and that increases long-term durability. In addition, this rear-axle design locates the sealed mechanical rear drum brake in a more shielded area inside the right rear wheel for improved protection and more ground clearance-now increased to 7.5 inches. In addition, dual front hydraulic disc brakes add strong stopping power.

This new chassis also features completely redesigned front and rear suspension components that offer increased travel. These all-new shocks feature brand-new damping characteristics plus an increase to 7.3 inches of travel at each corner for a plush yet well-controlled ride. Adjustable spring preload capabilities front and rear allow quick and easy suspension tuning to match varying loads and riding conditions. Also, new sealed steering knuckle bearings extend durability, and a full-length composite lower skidplate with integrated front brush guard adds protection for the mechanicals.

Recent improvements have also been added to the Foreman models that incorporate Honda’s Electric Power Steering. A new mounting system incorporates three anchoring points for the EPS mechanism and that locates the entire unit more solidly in place. As a result, these models now return even more precise steering than before. This EPS system is a next-generation setup that incorporates new settings for improved linearity in steering response, reduced low-speed steering effort for enhanced maneuverability and decreased kickback traits for improved all-around steering action.

The Foreman Formula for Power

Much of the Foreman’s stellar reputation among ATV riders can be traced to its muscular liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine that has earned proven creds for power and performance since its introduction. The overhead-valve design churns out a broad, easy-to-use powerband from an engine with a shorter cylinder head and notably compact dimensions. Furthermore, this reduced engine height works to lower the machine’s center of gravity (CG) for better handling while also helping to yield excellent ground clearance. Because the engine is mounted longitudinally in the frame (front-to-back in the chassis) it allows direct driveshaft alignment to the front and rear wheels, thereby eliminating unnecessary power-sapping right-angle changes in the flow of power. That means the Foreman enjoys improved drivetrain efficiency compared to designs from other manufacturers with conventional engine mounting.

New mapping for the Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system combined with new oxygen sensor feedback technology improves power delivery and throttle response, while also improving engine emissions and increasing fuel economy for greater range. All models feature super-heavy-duty clutch construction for excellent driveability and towing capability. Elsewhere in the drivetrain, new tougher, plastic CV joint boots add long-term durability thanks to their more puncture- and tear-resistant qualities.

Another first in the Honda ATV lineup, the Foreman now incorporates a new 2WD/4WD drive system with the added benefit of a selectable, locking front differential for extra pull when the going gets really tough. As a result, this system now offers three drive modes: 2WD; 4WD with TraxLok® torque-sensing front differential; and now a new 4WD mode with locked front differential for maximum traction. This new TraxLok system also features a Speed Override mode that can be engaged when the front differential is locked, which allows increased wheel speed under severe conditions such as deep mud.

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Honda Foreman Frame / Suspension

Sweating the Details

Other recent changes include a new fuel pump that is derived from Honda automobile technology, which mounts in the fuel tank for better heat isolation and increased filter life. AC generator output has also been boosted to 481 watts-a 16 percent increase-to allow powering of more electrical accessories. The stainless-steel exhaust system includes a USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler designed for quiet operation without servicing for long-lasting performance.

The new, aggressively styled bodywork on all the Foreman models also provides more effective mud protection, and now there’s a one-piece tank/side cover that allows easy access (no tools required) for maintenance to the air intake, electrical components, engine, fuel tank and more. Outdoorsmen who prefer an ATV that blends in with the background will love the new Honda Phantom Camo scheme. In addition to its excellent camouflage properties for use in a wide range of field environments, new Honda manufacturing processes also provide better graphic adhesion of the camo scheme, excellent durability and improved resistance to fuel spillage to keep things looking better, longer. Also, load capacity for both front and rear carriers has increased 33 percent to a total of 264 pounds-88 pounds up front and 176 pounds on the rear-to keep the Foreman ready for a hard day’s work.

A newly upgraded meter display for the Foreman line features handy added functions: clock, coolant temperature gauge, a “maintenance minder” system that tracks both hours of run time, plus miles driven and a differential lock indicator. For improved visibility after dark, the twin-headlight system has been redesigned and now features 35-watt headlights with a more focused light distribution pattern. As another thoughtful and practical touch, the top assist light now operates independently of the front headlights; it can be turned off while carrying a load on the front carrier to eliminate reflected light bounce-back. A newly optimized rider triangle promotes added comfort, while a 0.8 inch-increase in seat foam thickness and softer seat foam density add further to rider comfort.

The Foreman is very feature-rich in stock configuration, yet Honda Genuine Accessories offers another 17 accessories that can make life even more pleasant and allow this favorite among ATVs to work even harder and more efficiently.

And in the end, that’s what the Foreman is really all about: This is an efficient, hard-working and versatile machine that gets even better in so many ways for 2014. Thanks to its completely redesigned chassis, new selectable 2WD/4WD drive system featuring a locking front differential, greater load capacity, added drivetrain durability, fresh styling and more, this new Foreman series is the perfect way to lighten the load when work calls, or get far away from it all when it’s time to have some weekend fun.

2018 Honda FourTrax Foreman Expands 4×4 Capabilities

Innovative Honda technology plays a big role in giving Honda ATVs a decisive advantage. Honda’s 2WD/4WD drive system is a prime example of such technology, and the 2014 FourTrax® Foreman® 4×4 models now feature a new, selectable locking front differential with a fully locked mode that provides even more traction in really tough terrain.

The basic TraxLok® 2WD/4WD system has long served riders well aboard Honda 4×4 ATVs. TraxLok utilizes a two-way mechanical roller clutch incorporating a series of hardened-steel rollers. These rollers lock up in a mere six degrees of rotation, which makes for a smooth, virtually instantaneous response either accelerating or decelerating on flat ground or on an incline.

In addition, the system also operates when Reverse gear is engaged. To promote smooth operation, the TraxLok system engages only when the speed differential between the front and rear wheels is less than six mph. Once engaged, the system remains engaged on downhills to deliver true 4WD braking.

The FourTrax Foreman 4×4 ATVs feature a brand-new TraxLok system that incorporates the option of engaging a locked front differential. As before, riders can enjoy the option of an easily selectable 2WD or 4WD mode. However, the 2016 Foreman now has the capacity to operate in a third mode: a locked front differential in 4×4 mode that gets power to both front wheels equally, effectively locking them together, for maximum traction in challenging terrain. This option is very easy for the rider to engage; after pressing the 4WD selector button on the right-side handlebar, just rotate the differential lock switch and it’s set to go. An indicator light on the instrument display shows when the differential lock is engaged.

In addition, the Foreman features a Speed Override mode that can be engaged when the front differential is locked, which allows increased wheel speed under severe conditions such as deep mud. When riding with the front differential locked, speeds in normal usage are limited to 20 mph. However, when encountering conditions such as deep mud that slows the ATV while the wheels spin, pushing and holding the starter button for the Speed Override function allows higher wheel speeds for extra pulling power-quite a benefit when the going gets tough.

Without a doubt, Honda’s TraxLok 2WD/4WD system adds a significant degree of versatility to 4×4 Honda ATVs, and these new additions to the FourTrax Foreman 4×4 TraxLok system reflect Honda’s commitment to advancing Honda ATV technology to benefit riders in real-world conditions.

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