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Model Year 2000

The all-new Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 ES with Honda's revolutionary Electric Shift Program (ESP) is the king of full-sized 4WD ATVs-designed for the rider who demands Honda's legendary innovation, proven 4WD durability and unparalleled performance.

FourTrax Rancher 4x4 ES

Exclusive Features
Additional Features
Available Accessories

Features & Benefits

Exclusive Features

  • ESP(tm) (Electric Shift Program) features push-button upshifting and downshifting. The rider shifts simply and precisely with the press of the upshift or downshift button mounted on the left handlebar. An onboard electronic control unit (ECU) monitors information from four sensors-engine rpm, countershaft speed, shift drum angle, and shift spindle angle sensors-to control the speed of the electric shift motor's gear and clutch engagement. Gear engagement speed varies according to rider style: The transmission shifts more quickly when riding style turns sporty. A neutral lockout at speeds greater than 2 mph ensures available engine braking when descending hills. To ensure smooth shifting, the transmission cannot be shifted from neutral to first gear or reverse gear at engine speeds above 3000 rpm. ESP is not battery-dependent, operating whenever the engine is running. Should the rider ever need to shift manually, the Rancher 4x4 ES is also equipped with an auxiliary shift lever in the tool kit.

  • Powerful, rugged OHV air-cooled 329cc longitudinally mounted engine allows direct drive-shaft alignment to both front and rear wheels for improved drivetrain efficiency.

  • Unique dry-sump oiling system places the oil tank inside the engine cases, lowering engine height and allowing optimum engine placement for excellent ground clearance and superb handling.

  • Standard oil cooler with cooling fan assures optimal engine lubrication under difficult operating conditions.

  • Closed crankcase vent system safeguards against engine oil contamination.

  • Torque-sensitive, AP-type limited-slip front differential reduces torque steer for less steering effort.

  • Rugged frame and suspension provide an exceptional 9.7 inches of ground clearance.

  • Multi-function LCD digital instrumentation is compact, tough and waterproof, featuring large readouts for gear position, speedometer, odometer, resettable trip-meter and hourmeter/clock. Instrument housing includes LED lights for reverse, neutral and oil temperature warning indicators.

  • Waterproof accessory socket provides 12-volt, 10-amp power with a built-in temperature-type fuse.


  • Overhead-valve design provides compact engine dimensions for improved ground clearance while maintaining a broad, easy-to-use power band.

  • Internal crankcase dry-sump oiling system reduces overall engine height and lowers center of gravity while maintaining ideal mass centralization for optimum handling.

  • Rubber-cushion engine mounting and gear-driven counterbalancer reduce vibration.

  • Super-heavy-duty automatic clutch with a low engagement point for excellent driveability and towing capability.

  • Five-speed transmission with reverse includes an ultra-low first gear.

  • Full-time four-wheel drive with AP-type limited-slip front differential for reduced steering effort.

  • Convenient electric starter, with auxiliary recoil starter and an automatic internal decompression system.

  • High-flow oil cooler with cooling fan helps control engine temperatures.

  • Stainless steel exhaust header and muffler for superior corrosion resistance.

  • DC CD ignition with electronic advance for excellent performance and reliability.

  • Powerful, 245-watt AC generator.

  • Reusable foam air filter.


  • Steering mechanism design features light effort and a tight turning radius of 10.8 feet.

  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses premium shock absorbers to provide 5.9 inches of suspension travel for a plush, comfortable ride.

  • Steel swingarm and single rear shock absorber provide 5.9 inches of suspension travel for superb comfort and compliance.

  • Tough, large-diameter 24 x 8 - 12 front, 24 x 9 - 11 rear tires provide added ground clearance while maintaining precise handling.

  • Triple-sealed front hydraulic drum brakes and sealed rear mechanical drum.

  • Thickly padded seat provides all-day comfort.

  • Standard over-fenders give excellent mud protection.

Additional Features

  • Large cargo racks front and rear carry payloads of 66 and 133 pounds respectively.

  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch with towing capacity of 850 pounds.

  • Large, lightweight plastic fuel tank with 3.4-gallon capacity.

  • Fuel gauge is standard equipment.

  • Snorkel-type air intake system is specially designed for water crossings.

  • Unique rear-opening storage compartment allows access when rack is loaded.

  • Twin-headlight system with 30-watt bulbs features multi-reflector lenses for optimal light distribution.

  • USDA-qualified spark arrestor/muffler.

  • Constant-velocity-joint boot guards help prevent damage to boot covers.

  • Tough 12 amp-hour maintenance-free battery.

  •  Durable, comfortable, easy-to-use controls.

  • Keyed ignition switch for added security.

  • Triple skidplates.

  • Easy-to-use parking brake.

  • Top-mounted choke lever for simple operation.

  • Handlebar switches, controls and warning labels use internationally approved ISO graphic symbols.

  • Standard tool kit includes a tire pressure gauge.

  • G.V.W.R. is 1045 pounds.

  • Transferable six-month limited warranty.

Available Accessories

  • Flag kit.

  • Work stand.


  • Engine Type 329cc air-cooled OHV dry-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke

  • Bore and Stroke 78.5mm x 68mm

  • Carburetion 32mm CV

  • Ignition DC CDI

  • Starter Electric with auxiliary recoil

  • Clutch Automatic

  • Transmission Electric, five-speed with reverse
    and ultra-low first gear

  • Driveline Direct front and rear drive-shafts
    with limited-slip AP-type front differential

  • Suspension
    Front: Independent double-wishbone; 5.9 inches travel
    Rear: Swingarm with single shock; 5.9 inches travel

  • Brakes
    Front: Triple-sealed hydraulic drum
    Rear: Sealed mechanical drum

  • Tires
    Front: 24 x 8 - 12
    Rear: 24 x 9 - 11

  • Length 78.1 inches

  • Width 45.0 inches

  • Height 44.3 inches

  • Seat Height 32.4 inches

  • Ground Clearance 9.7 inches

  • Wheelbase 49.1 inches

  • Turning Radius 10.8 feet
    Dry Weight 535 pounds

  • Fuel Capacity 3.4 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve

  • Colors Red, Orange, Olive


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