2021 Honda Rancher 420 4×4 ATV Review / Specs | TRX420FM1 (Manual-Shift) FourTrax

Detailed 2021 Honda FourTrax Rancher 420 4×4 ATV Buyer’s Guide: Model Lineup Breakdown + More! (TRX420FM1)

– The cheapest 4×4 ATV for sale from Honda in 2021! – 

2021 Honda Rancher 420 ATV Specs Review - Price / Price / Colors / Horsepower & Performance Rating / 4x4 Four Wheeler / Quad

Next up in our 2021 ATV model lineup breakdown from Honda will be the 2021 Honda Rancher 4×4 with a manual / foot-shift transmission, with the model ID TRX420FM1. To note, its technical “full” name from Honda is the: 2021 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4×4. Keep in mind when I say “manual / foot-shift transmission” I am not referring to it as being a manual transmission with a clutch, there is no clutch, all you have to do is click up and or down with your foot which is why some people refer to it as a “foot-shift” model. With the 4×4 Rancher 420 model lineup for 2021, you do have other transmission options too that we’ll cover in more detail below which include the ES (ES = Electric Shift) models and DCT (DCT = Dual-Clutch Transmission) fully automatic models.


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This model of the Rancher 4×4 (TRX420FM1) is only available with a solid rear axle, you can not get the manual-shift Rancher 420 with IRS. If you want IRS on your Rancher, you’ll have to go with one of the automatic DCT transmission Rancher models. We’ll go over more on those details below though.

Honda TRX420 Rancher ATV Review / Specs - Price / Price / Colors / Horsepower & Performance Rating / 4x4 Four Wheeler / Quad

When it comes to the 2021 Honda TRX420 Rancher ATV model lineup you have enough options in the model variations to make it rather confusing. Are looking for an explanation on all of Honda’s ATV model ID’s and want to know what TRX420FM1 means for this specific Rancher and would rather have it in video form? Here’s a video for you:

 

You can also check out this page, the 2021 Honda Rancher 420 Model Lineup Explained page where I break down all of the TRX420 Rancher models available for 2021 and explain their differences etc.

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2021 Rancher 420 4×4 VS 2020 Rancher 420 4×4 Changes?

None. Everything down to the color options are the same for this specific TRX420FM1 Rancher 4×4 model when comparing a 2021 versus 2020. The last round of changes for the Rancher 420 ATV came in 2020 when it saw the following changes and upgrades:

  • A 1.9-liter utility box with weatherproof cover is added to the front deck. Designed to keep sundries like phone, map and camera within easy access from the riding position (when stopped), this new storage compartment complements the utility box that is placed within easy reach on the left front fender.
  • Newly engineered front and rear cargo racks provide more area and accept new Honda Pro Connect accessories for smooth integration.
  • All-new line of Pro Connect accessories designed for precise fit, simple attachment with quick-connection latch system, and integrated function.
  • New guards extend the full length of the lower suspension arms for full coverage of the driveshaft and outboard CV joints.
    • An all-new reverse-gear actuation mechanism for Electric Shift-equipped Rancher models makes shifting to reverse a one-lever, fully electronic operation that is quicker, simpler and easier for all hand sizes. This simplified process is particularly helpful for work such as plowing snow, when constant shifting between forward and reverse is required.
    • For DCT models, all-new manual-override capability allows the driver to manually change gears even when in automatic mode. (The transmission reverts back to fully automatic mode after a few seconds.) This provides a new level of control, making it possible to downshift on corner entry or upshift on descents, for example.
    • A new shift map for DCT- and Electric Shifting-equipped Ranchers monitors engine rpm in real time during shifting, not just prior to the shift, to deliver smoother transitions from gear to gear.
  • For California models, a new evaporative emissions device complies with Green Sticker requirements for year-round off-road use at public riding areas.
  • 2021 Rancher 420 4×4 ATV Performance Numbers:
    • 2021 Rancher 420 ATV Horsepower: 26.6 HP @ 6,250 RPM
    • 2021 Rancher 420 ATV Torque: 24.6 lb/ft TQ @ 5,000 RPM
    • 2021 Rancher 420 ATV Miles Per Gallon: 41.4 MPG
  • 2021 Rancher 420 4×4 | TRX420FM1 Price / MSRP:
    • 2021 FourTrax Rancher 4×4: $6,499 (Phantom Camo $6,999)
  • 2021 Rancher 420 4×4 Release Date:
    • 2021 Ranchers have a staggered release date schedule: July, August, December 2020
  • 2021 Honda Rancher 420 Model Lineup Color Options:
    • 2021 Rancher 2×4 (TRX420TM1) : Red, Olive Green
    • 2021 Rancher ES 2×4 (TRX420TE1) : Red, Olive Green
    • 2021 Rancher 4×4 (TRX420FM1 : Red, Olive Green, Phantom Camo
    • 2021 Rancher EPS 4×4 (TXR420FM2) : Red, Olive Green, Phantom Camo
    • 2021 Rancher ES 4×4 (TXR420FE1) : Red, Olive Green, Phantom Camo
    • 2021 Rancher DCT / EPS 4×4 (TRX420FA2) : Shale Blue, Red, Phantom Camo
    • 2021 Rancher DCT / IRS 4×4 (TRX420FA5) : Red, Olive Green
    • 2021 Rancher DCT / IRS / EPS 4×4 (TRX420FA6) : Reactor Blue, Red, Phantom Camo
  • 2021 Honda Rancher 420 Model Lineup Options / Explained + Price List:
    • 2021 Rancher 2×4 (TRX420TM1) : Manual / Foot-Shift model with straight axle and two-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $5,499
    • 2021 Rancher ES 2×4 (TRX420TE1) : ES model (ES = Electric Shit) with straight axle and two-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $5,799
    • 2021 Rancher 4×4 (TRX420FM1) : Manual / Foot-Shift model with straight axle and four-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $6,499
    • 2021 Rancher EPS 4×4 (TRX420FM2) : Manual / Foot-Shift model with EPS (EPS = Electric Power Steering) and a straight axle with four-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $7,199
    • 2021 Rancher ES 4×4 (TRX420FE1) : ES model (ES = Electric Shit) with straight axle and four-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $6,799
    • 2021 Rancher DCT / EPS 4×4 (TRX420FA2) : DCT Automatic with EPS (EPS = Electric Power Steering) and a straight axle with four-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $7,699
    • 2021 Rancher DCT / IRS 4×4 (TRX420FA5) : DCT Automatic with IRS (IRS = Independent Rear Suspension) and four-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $7,499
    • 2021 Rancher DCT / IRS / EPS (TRX420FA6) : DCT Automatic with EPS (EPS = Electric Power Steering) and IRS (IRS = Independent Rear Suspension) with four-wheel drive | MSRP / Price: $8,199
      • *–> Phantom Camo: $500 more than ‘standard’ colors.

*–> When I say “manual” above, I do not mean a manual clutch. It has a semi-automatic clutch so all you have to do is push the shift-lever up and down to choose the next gear versus the Electric Shift where you click a button and the DCT where you can choose between fully-automatic or electric shift position to choose the gear.

2021 Honda Rancher 420 Feature Comparison Chart
  Rancher 2×4 (TRX420TM1) Rancher ES 2×4 (TRX420TE1) Rancher 4×4 (TRX420FM1) Rancher EPS 4×4 (TRX420FM2) Rancher ES 4×4 (TRX420FE1) Rancher DCT / EPS 4×4 (TRX420FA2) Rancher DCT / IRS 4×4 (TRX420FA5) Rancher DCT / IRS / EPS 4×4 (TRX420FA6)
TraxLok 2WD / 4WD     X X X X X
Electronic Power Steering (EPS)       X   X   X
Manual Transmission (foot-shift) X   X        
Electric Shift (ES)   X     X      
Electronic Shift Program (ESP)           X X X
Automatic DCT Transmission           X X X
Solid Rear Axle X X X X X X    
Independent Rear Suspension (IRS)             X X

2021 Honda Rancher ATV Model ID / Code Key:

  • TRX – Generic prefix for all Honda ATV Sport / Utility 2WD & 4WD models
  • 420 – 420 cc engine
  • T – Two Wheel Drive
  • F – Four Wheel Drive
  • A – Fully Automatic (DCT Transmission)
  • M – Manual Shift
  • E – Electric Shift – Automatic
  • 1 – No Power Steering (EPS) with a straight axle
  • 2 – Power Steering / EPS with a straight axle
  • 5 – No Power Steering (EPS) with IRS
  • 6 – Power Steering (EPS) with IRS
  • M – 2021 Model Year (You won’t always see this last letter or number depending on the year actually used. Most websites and dealers don’t show it or mention it etc but if they do, you know what it means.)
    • DCT – Dual Clutch Transmission (Fully Automatic Transmission with Electric Shift option option to manually change gears via the ESP)
    • AT – Automatic (Fully Automatic Transmission with Electric Shift option to manually change gears via the ESP)
    • EPS – Electric Power Steering
    • ESP – Electric Shift Program (Normally referred to as ES)
    • ES – Electric Shift
    • IRS – Independent Rear Suspension (only available on DCT model Ranchers)
    • 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.

Model EXAMPLE: TRX420FM1M

Now lets put the key above to use…

  • What is a TRX420FM1M? It is a 420 Rancher Four Wheel Drive and Manual Shift without EPS and is a 2021 model. TRX = ATV / 420 = 420cc / F = Four Wheel Drive / M = Manual shift / 1 = No EPS / M = 2021.
  • What is a TRX420FA6M? It is a 420 Rancher Four Wheel Drive with a DCT Automatic Transmission, Independent Rear Suspension, Electric Power Steering and is a 2021 model year. TRX = ATV / 420 = 420cc / F = Four Wheel Drive / A = DCT Automatic / 6 = IRS + EPS / M = 2021.

Honda Rancher 420 ATV Review / Specs - 4x4 Four Wheeler TRX420

Over the years, Honda’s liquid-cooled fuel-injected 420 cc FourTrax Rancher ATV series has built a huge number of loyal followers and for good reason. Whether the day calls for multiple tasks on a job site, chores around the homestead or a ride in the woods just for fun, the Rancher formula really hits a sweet spot by combining hard-working full-size ATV capabilities in a package with manageable dimensions. These are incredibly versatile machines packed full of Honda quality and reliability, and the Rancher’s pricing makes each model a real value in today’s market.

In large part, credit for the Ranchers’ extreme popularity and versatility must go to the multiple drivetrain configurations available to meet most any rider’s checklist. Honda just recently did a complete overhaul on the Rancher 420 model lineup from the frame up adding even more options and features than ever before. The FourTrax Rancher models feature an all-new chassis with a redesigned frame featuring new, longer-travel suspension plus a lot more, new IRS design etc. That’s not counting the new Rancher changes that took place in 2020 that we covered above.

When deciding on which model Rancher is the best to buy for your needs, I would start with the transmission decision first as all the other features go from there. As you can’t get some features with certain transmissions. Example: you can’t have a Manual / Foot Shift transmission with IRS or you can’t get an ES model with EPS. If you want IRS then you have to go with the DCT transmission and if you want EPS with EPS you’ll have to go with DCT which still gives you that Electric Shift feature as you don’t have to use the fully automatic mode on the DCT model Rancher. Confused yet haha? Let’s get started on explaining it all.

2021 Honda Rancher 420 ATV Transmission Options:

  • Manual / Foot Shift (No clutch)
  • ES / Electric Shift – Change Gears manually by clicking an Up and Down button on the left handlebar
  • DCT / Automatic – Fully Automatic so you can just hit the gas and go or flip a switch and change gears manually via the ‘Electric Shift’ UP and DOWN arrow buttons on the left handlebar. On 2020+ models you can also override it when in Automatic mode and still manual change gears without having to change to ESP mode.

2021 Honda Rancher 420 Transmission Options | Explained

Now you have more options than ever when it comes to deciding what transmission choice is best for you and what you’ll be doing with your new Rancher ATV.

Below, I’ll go over your (3) different transmission options in-depth with details on how they work etc. Honda’s unbeatable variation in drivetrain styles in this series gives consumers an extraordinary variety in choices: The two-wheel-drive FourTrax Rancher is available with a Manual / Foot Shift transmission or in ES configuration, featuring Honda’s highly regarded Electric Shift Program (ESP) that makes gear shifts as easy as touching a button; the FourTrax Rancher 4×4 (TRX420FM1) adds TraxLok 4WD capabilities; the FourTrax Rancher 4×4 ES (TRX420FE1) adds ESP push-button shifting to that 4WD equation; and the Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT (TRX420FA2) features Honda’s heralded Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), a five-speed fully automatic transmission that also gives the rider the option of ESP mode.

  • Manual / Foot Shift Transmission (Semi-automatic with No clutch)
    • TRX420FM1

First, there’s a traditional manual-shift five-speed that has proven to be extremely durable and is still favored by many riders.

Honda Rancher 420 Manual Shift ATV Review / Specs - Price / Price / Colors / Horsepower & Performance Rating / 4x4 Four Wheeler / Quad

  • Electric Shift (ES) / Electric Shift Program (ESP)
    • TRX420FE1

Next up, we have the Rancher with Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP) also commonly referred to as just Electric Shift (ES): a convenient alternative to the manual gearbox that makes gear shifts as easy as pressing the upshift or downshift button with your thumb. One large benefit to the ES option is that if you ever injured your left foot, leg, etc or ride with large boots you won’t have a problem with being able to change gears manually. With ESP, an onboard Electronic Control Module (ECM) monitors information from four sensors – engine rpm, countershaft speed, shift drum angle and shift spindle angle – to control the speed of the electric-shift motor’s gear and clutch engagement. Gear-engagement speed varies according to rider usage: The transmission shifts more quickly when the riding style turns sporty. A Neutral lockout at speeds greater than two mph ensures available engine braking when descending hills. For smooth shifting, the transmission cannot be shifted from Neutral to First gear or Reverse at engine speeds above 3000 rpm. ESP is not dependent on battery power; it operates whenever the engine is running. Should the rider ever need to shift manually, ES models are also equipped with an auxiliary shift lever in the toolkit. A lot of customers aren’t aware of this backup manual shifter just incase your ES should ever fail for any reason, Honda builds a backup to everything so you’ll never have to worry about your Rancher leaving you stranded in the woods.

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Don’t forget, opting for the ES (Electric Shift) or manual-shift transmission means that you will have a straight axle in the rear and do not have the option of getting IRS. If you want a Rancher with IRS, you have to get the DCT transmission. The only way you can get an ATV with a manual-shift transmission and IRS in Honda’s ATV model lineup is with the Rubicon 520 EPS (TRX520FM6). You used to be able to get that model Rubicon without EPS and it was under the TRX500FM5 model ID.

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  • Dual Clutch Transmission / Automatic
    • TRX420FA2 / TRX420FA5 / TRX420FA6

A first in the world of ATVs, Honda’s premium Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) in the Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT model makes it a standout. The Rancher 4×4 Automatic DCT now employs a new-generation DCT with an elevated level of sophistication: new updated dual-zone shift logic offers improved adaptation to all riding conditions based on rider and vehicle inputs, effectively and intuitively adjusting shift points whether riding under normal or aggressive conditions. The result: the best-performing Automatic DCT we’ve ever put in an ATV that offers the right gear, at the right time, all the time, all automatically – to create a whole new level of riding compatibility. Thanks to this change, the DCT significantly reduces gear “hunting” – that is, shifting back and forth repeatedly between two gears—as it performs the most appropriate shift actions automatically. As a result, the net benefits to the rider are manyfold: better automatic transmission feel as the Rancher reacts more intuitively to the rider’s operational style and intentions; enhanced power feel; increased response; reduced engine lugging; plus less fatigue and more rider comfort.

Honda Rancher 420 DCT Review / ATV Specs - Four Wheeler 4x4 Quad TRX420

Honda Rancher 420 Gauges / Display - Review / ATV Specs - Four Wheeler 4x4 Quad TRX420

The key to the DCT design is the innovative dual-clutch configuration coupled with a two-piece mainshaft. The first mainshaft has first, third and fifth gears all driven by the first clutch. The second mainshaft is sleeved over the first shaft. It carries second, fourth and reverse gears, and it’s driven by the second clutch. This designs allows two gears to be engaged at the same time, and each gear is pre-shifted before power is applied. Shifting is then accomplished by disengaging once clutch and engaging the other.

One advantage to this DCT system is extremely quick shifts for less driveline lurching between shifts, especially under load, which means the chassis attitude remains more consistent during gear changes. When engaging downhill slopes, this system also provides true controlled compression braking. In addition, this automatic five-speed transmission’s maintenance needs are greatly reduced, while power-transfer efficiency is improved to make the riding experience all the more enjoyable. Furthermore, since this DCT uses conventional transmission gears, it’s as rugged and durable as Honda’s conventional manual transmission. This fully automatic transmission also gives the rider the option of using the ESP push-button shifting mode as desired.

  • Recent new changes to the 2020+ Rancher 420 DCT models:
    • An all-new reverse-gear actuation mechanism for Electric Shift-equipped Rancher models makes shifting to reverse a one-lever, fully electronic operation that is quicker, simpler and easier for all hand sizes. This simplified process is particularly helpful for work such as plowing snow, when constant shifting between forward and reverse is required.
    • For DCT models, all-new manual-override capability allows the driver to manually change gears even when in automatic mode. (The transmission reverts back to fully automatic mode after a few seconds.) This provides a new level of control, making it possible to downshift on corner entry or upshift on descents, for example.
    • A new shift map for DCT- and Electric Shifting-equipped Ranchers monitors engine rpm in real time during shifting, not just prior to the shift, to deliver smoother transitions from gear to gear.

2021 Honda Rancher 420 4×4 TraxLok 4WD System

The Rancher 4×4 models also feature TraxLok selectable 2WD/4WD capabilities that enable the rider to quickly shift between the nimble handling of a 2WD and the extra traction of a 4WD ATV. TraxLok incorporates a two-way mechanical roller clutch with a series of hardened-steel rollers that lock up in a mere six degrees of rotation for a smooth, virtually instantaneous response while either accelerating or decelerating on flat ground or an incline. This system also operates in Reverse. To ensure smooth operation, the TraxLok system only engages when the speed differential between the front and rear wheels is less than six mph. Once engaged, the system remains engaged on downhills for true 4WD braking.

In addition, when TraxLok 4WD mode is engaged, a torque-sensitive limited-slip front differential reduces steering effort for a lighter feel. This torque-sensitive limited-slip front differential automatically sends power to whichever front wheel has the most grip. This system also allows both wheels to maintain essentially the same speed and drive regardless of traction conditions. It also virtually eliminates torque steer and drastically reduces the effort necessary to initiate a turn, thus shortening the turning radius and improving handling.

To top things off, the Rancher 4×4 model and 4×4 Automatic DCT Rancher also offer the option of Electric Power Steering. Below you’ll find a chart that helps with quick correlation between models and technical features, and in the accompanying sidebar you’ll find additional detailed information regarding these different transmission systems and TraxLok technology. But regardless of how you look at things, it all adds up to a wealth of wonderful Rancher choices for off-road work or play.


2021 Rancher Electric Power Steering (optional)

You can get Honda’s EPS on the Rancher 420 and still keep your foot-shift transmission and it’s called the TRX420FM2. Honda dropped this model a couple of years ago but thankfully decided to bring it back. Honda’s Electric Power Steering (available on select 4×4 Rancher models that include the TRX420FM2, TRX420FA2 and TRX420FA6) has torque sensors that measure how much force you’re applying and tailors how much extra assist you need. The specially engineered mounting system increases stiffness and enhances control even more. It makes your life way easier, especially when riding over ruts, rocks, logs, or on sidehills. Aboard the Ranchers that incorporate Honda’s Electric Power Steering, a new attachment layout using a three-point mount for the EPS mechanism makes the entire unit more rigid in its placement than ever before, and that makes for even more precise steering. 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 EPS feature when comparing MSRP to MSRP is an added cost of $700 to the price versus a non power steering model Rancher 420.

What makes EPS so revolutionary? Start with the power assistance, which means your Rancher takes significantly less effort to steer in all conditions. This is similar to the benefit of power steering in an automobile. What makes Honda’s EPS so significant in an ATV application is the amount of steering damping it provides, which means a significant reduction in the kickback through the handlebar that a rider feels when encountering a rock or other obstacle. Put simply: This system reduces the jarring in rough terrain. Rocks that normally try to deflect the wheels and create a workout for the rider can now be addressed with ease. The suspension moves up and down without the handlebars moving side to side. Yet through its multiple sensors and ATV-specific design, the system keeps you directly connected, offering great feedback and natural steering feel. And the system works at idle, which means you get maximum assistance when you find yourself wedged between a rock and a hard place. With EPS, you can more easily steer right out of these predicaments. With EPS, it reduces steering effort and damps out the majority of bump-induced jarring a rider feels in rough terrain, which can dramatically reduce rider fatigue. There is simply less for the rider to deal with, especially in rocky, rutted terrain.

For most people that means extended riding days. New riding areas and experiences will open up because this technology will make them more accessible to more people. It will make hauling loads easier for people who use their ATV for farming and other industrial applications, especially such chores as plowing or towing. It will allow people who are not as strong to extend their riding envelope of time and effort. EPS completely changes the ATV riding experience. While the system adds a couple of pounds to the weight of the standard Rancher 420, the EPS-equipped Rancher responds to rider inputs as if it were 75 pounds lighter. The Honda EPS system is mounted in line with the steering stem, and its 15-pound weight is carried low and close to the Foreman’s center of gravity so handling is not compromised. The lighter steering feel more than makes up for the extra weight. The self-contained ECU is carried in a tray just forward of the oil cooler. Adding icing to the cake, Honda’s EPS system is also self-contained, totally enclosed and watertight, eliminating the need for any maintenance whatsoever.

Is EPS / Electric Power Steering worth it on the Rancher? In my opinion, yes. It is worth its weight in gold but again that is just my opinion. When Honda first introduced EPS back in 2007 on the Foreman – I thought to myself “Why would anyone want power steering on an ATV?“. That was my thoughts on the EPS mechanism though until I finally had the change to ride the Rancher, Foreman and Rubicon with EPS and see it in action. If you don’t think that you want to spend the extra money for the power steering on your new Honda ATV – don’t ever ride one with EPS and you won’t know what you’re missing is my recommendation. It’s well worth the money the next day after trail riding for hours when you’re upper back and shoulders, arms etc aren’t sore. If you plan on keeping the ATV and riding it regularly, you’ll thank yourself for paying the extra $$ for the EPS. It’s not for everyone though and some don’t want EPS as they don’t want to worry about more electronics down the road and the possibility of it failing etc.


At the Heart of all Rancher models

In the engine department, all Ranchers make good use of the rugged and proven OHV liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 420cc engine. In signature Honda style, these Rancher engines are longitudinally mounted to allow direct driveshaft alignment to both front and rear wheels for maximum drivetrain efficiency. The overhead-valve design provides compact engine dimensions for excellent ground clearance while maintaining a broad, easy-to-use powerband.

Newer 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 emissions and fuel efficiency for greater range and reduced tailpipe emissions. All models feature super-heavy-duty clutch construction for excellent driveability and towing capability. Downstream in the drivetrain, new tougher, plastic CV joint boots supply added durability thanks to their more puncture- and tear-resistant qualities.

2021 Rancher 420 Engine / Drivetrain: 

  • Compact engine with a low height, helping to centralize mass for optimum handling, and a narrow width that allows for a comfortable rider compartment.
  • Engine is longitudinally mounted, allowing direct driveshaft alignment to front and rear wheels for maximum drivetrain efficiency.
  • Honda TraxLok 2WD/4WD system offers two drive modes: 2WD and 4WD with TraxLok torque-sensing front differential.
    • On DCT-equipped models, low-range sub-transmission effectively doubles the number of gears.
    • The shift map for DCT and Electric Shift Ranchers monitors engine rpm in real time during shifting, not just prior to the shift, to deliver smooth transitions from gear to gear.
    • For DCT models, manual-override capability allows the driver to manually change gears even when in automatic mode. (The transmission reverts back to fully automatic mode after a few seconds.) This provides a high level of control, making it possible to downshift on corner entry or on descents, for example.
    • A reverse-gear actuation mechanism for Electric Shift Rancher models makes shifting to reverse a one-lever, fully electronic operation that is quick, simple and easy for all hand sizes. This process is particularly helpful for work such as plowing snow, when constant shifting between forward and reverse is required.
  • Honda’s programmed fuel injection system provides clean, responsive power delivery and great fuel efficiency.
  • 848 lb. towing capacity makes pulling loads for work a breeze.
  • Evaporative emissions device complies with California Green Sticker requirements for year-round legal use in public off-road riding areas.
  • Strong AC generator produces enough power to run electrical accessories.

2021 Rancher 420 Chassis / Suspension: 

Honda Rancher 420 ATV Review / Specs - 4x4 Four Wheeler TRX420

  • Double-cradle steel frame engineered for optimal balance of stiffness, compliance and torsional rigidity for precise handling and a comfortable ride.
  • Depending on application, available with either plush, trail-oriented Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) or a work-focused rear swingarm for minimal body roll. Both offer long travel and good ground clearance.
  • Fully serviceable wheel bearings, pivot bushings and ball joints.
  • Guards extend the full length of the lower suspension arms for full coverage of the driveshaft and outboard CV joints.
  • Adjustable spring preload to tune suspension to match riding style or load.
  • Rubber mounting of engine and exhaust system for reduced vibration and high-quality chassis feel.
    • Electric Power Steering available for reduced steering effort, with a system that adjusts for vehicle speed and the steering force being used by the rider. EPS also reduces kickback through the handlebar.
  • Ergonomics engineered for a riding position that allows rider mobility, control, comfort and safety. 
  • Contoured and comfortable seat for long days of work or play.
    • Handlebar-mounted shifting and drive-mode controls are positioned for easy reach and give positive tactile feedback, even when the rider is wearing gloves. 
  • LCD multifunction display is easy to read and provides information on up to 13 functions.

Honda Rancher 420 ATV Brakes - Review / Specs - Rancher 420 / Foreman 500 / Rubicon 500 Four Wheeler

Honda Rancher 420 ATV Brakes - Review / Specs - Rancher 420 / Foreman 500 / Rubicon 500 Four Wheeler

  • Dual 190 mm front disc brakes and a single 160 mm sealed rear drum brake provide strong stopping power.
    • Dual 190 mm front disc brakes and a single 170 mm rear disc brake provide strong stopping power.
  • Convenient, easy-to-set parking brake.
  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch rated for up to 848-pound towing capacity.

2021 Rancher 420 Storage / Convenience 

  • A 1.9-liter utility box with weatherproof cover at the front deck is designed to keep sundries like phone, map and camera within easy access from the riding position (when stopped). This new storage compartment complements the utility box that is placed within easy reach on the left front fender.
  • Front and rear cargo racks accept Honda Pro Connect accessories for smooth integration.
  • Available Pro Connect accessories designed for precise fit, simple attachment with quick-connection latch system, and integrated function.

2021 Rancher 420 OEM Honda Genuine Accessories

2021 Honda Rancher 420 Bumper / Brush Guard / Winch - ATV Reviews & Specs

  • Check out some of the Rancher accessories below and more aftermarket part and accessory recommendations for the TRX420 Rancher over at Amazon.com/shop/HondaProKevin
    • Honda Pro Connect cargo rack modular system options
    • Winching/plowing/towing
    • Windscreen
    • Heated grips
    • Recoil starter
    • Rear bumper
    • Body protection
    • Aluminum wheels
    • Cargo management
    • Storage cover

2021 Rancher 420 Specifications:

Model Rancher 4×4 AT IRS EPS
(TRX420FA6)
Rancher 4×4 AT IRS
(TRX420FA5)
Rancher 4×4 AT EPS
(TRX420FA2)
Rancher 4×4 EPS
(TRX420FM2)
Rancher 4×4 ES
(TRX420FE1)
Rancher 4×4
(TRX420FM1)
Rancher ES
(TRX420TE1)
Rancher
(TRX420TM1)
ENGINE  
Type 420cc liquid-cooled OHV wet-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Valve Train OHC; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 86.5mm x 71.5mm
Compression Ratio 9.9:1
Induction Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 34mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistorized with electronic advance
Starter Electric
Driveline F/R driveshaft w/ TraxLok® and torque-sensing front differential Rear driveshaft
Transmission Automatic ESP push-button; 5-speed + Reverse Manual foot-shift; 5-speed + Reverse
Clutch  Automatic
SUSPENSION  
Front Independent double-wishbone; 7.3 in. travel Independent double-wishbone; 6.7 in. travel
Rear Independent dual-arm; 8.5 in. travel Swingarm w/ single shock; 6.7 in. travel
BRAKES  
Front Dual hydraulic calipers w/ 190mm discs
Rear Single hydraulic caliper w/ 170mm disc Single 160mm sealed mechanical drum
TIRES  
Front 24 x 8-12
Rear  24 x 10-11
MEASUREMENTS  
Length 84.6 in. 82.8 in.
Width 47.4 in.
Height 46.8 in. 46.2 in.
Seat Height 34.9 in. 33.7 in.
Ground Clearance  9.2 in. 7.2 in.
Wheelbase 51.0 in. 50.0 in.
Turning Radius 11.5 ft. 9.2 ft.
Towing Capacity 848 lbs.
Payload Capacity 66 lbs. F / 133 lbs. R
Fuel Capacity  3.9 gal., incl. 1.3 gal. reserve
Curb Weight* 676 lbs. 669 lbs. 643 lbs. 619 lbs. 616 lbs. 615 lbs. 580 lbs.
OTHER  
Colors Honda Phantom Camo®, Red, Reactor Blue Red, Olive Honda Phantom Camo, Red, Shale Blue Honda Phantom Camo, Red, Olive Red, Olive

* Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride. Meets current CARB and EPA off-road emissions standards. Recommended for riders 16 years of age and older.


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