2009 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT with Electric Power Steering (with EPS) - Features & Benefits

Meet the all-new 2009 FourTrax® Rancher® AT. With a powerful liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 420cc longitudinally mounted engine, automatic/ESP® five-speed transmission, Electric Power Steering and independent rear suspension-plus Honda's selectable 4WD/2WD TraxLok® and rugged torque-sensitive front differential-there's no better choice for reliable and rewarding ATV recreation.

Unique Features

  • New Honda automatic five-speed transmission provides five-speed auto-shifting or push-button manual shifting with Honda's Electric Shift Program (ESP™, see Technology Section)
  • Rugged OHV liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 420cc longitudinally mounted engine allows direct driveshaft alignment to both front and rear wheels for maximum drivetrain efficiency (see Technology Section).
  • Revolutionary Electric Power Steering (EPS) (see technology section)
  • Double-wishbone Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) contributes to increased ground clearance and responsive, class-leading handling.
  • Front and rear disc brakes for phenomenal braking performance.


  • Powerful 420cc longitudinally mounted engine eliminates 90-degree power transfers and boasts exceptional horsepower and torque. Overhead-valve design provides compact engine dimensions for excellent ground clearance.
  • Cylinder head redesigned with higher compression, revised camshaft profile and larger intake valves (38 vs. 35mm) and exhaust valves (33 vs. 30mm) to ensure strong mid-range and top-end power.
  • Programmed Fuel-Injection (PGM-FI) features a 34mm throttle body, 12-hole Denso injector, and Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) for crisp performance, excellent economy and trouble-free operation in cold conditions and varying altitudes.
  • Large 7.2-liter airbox with washable, reusable foam air filter provides more air to the engine for increased performance.
  • New high-capacity oil system features a high-flow filter and a two-rotor pump to provide oil for the engine and the pressurized transmission clutches.
  • Rubber-cushion engine mounting and gear-driven counterbalancer reduce vibration.
  • Large radiator with cooling fan ensures optimal engine cooling under difficult operating conditions.
  • Stainless-steel exhaust header and muffler for superior corrosion resistance.
  • Three-chamber muffler baffling uses no packing material that can blow out, providing long-lasting performance.
  • New lightweight, automatic transmission offers five-speed auto-shifting or push-button manual shifting with Honda's Electric Shift Program (ESP). After the heavy duty centrifugal clutch engages, two Electronic Control Module (ECM)-controlled clutches mounted in the gearbox upshift/downshift to provide smooth, lurch-free shifts. When descending hills in automatic mode, the transmission downshifts, providing excellent engine braking.
  • If rider forgets to downshift when stopping in ESP mode, the transmission downshifts to third gear to prevent engine lugging.
  • Excellent fuel economy results from the transmission's high efficiency.
  • TraxLok 4WD/2WD selector lever allows 4WD or 2WD operation. (see Technology Section).


  • Rugged frame and suspension provide an exceptional 9.1 inches of ground clearance.
  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension uses premium shock absorbers to provide 6.3 inches of wheel travel for a plush, comfortable ride.
  • Honda's double wishbone, Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) provides 6.3 inches of wheel travel and minimizes geometry variations as the suspension travels through its stroke, maintaining rear wheel alignment, contributing to responsive overall handling, and reducing tire wear and maintenance intervals.
  • Revolutionary Electric Power Steering (EPS) (see technology section)
  • Dual hydraulic front and single rear disc brakes provide exceptional stopping power and feature brake pads that minimize wear from dust and sand.
  • Rear center disc brake and self-adjusting mechanical rear parking brake are mounted on the rear driveshaft, contributing to the AT's considerable ground clearance.
  • Tough, large-diameter 24x8-12 front, and wide 24x10-11 rear tires provide excellent ground clearance while maintaining precise handling.

Additional Features

  • Convenient electric starting, with optional recoil starter and an automatic internal-decompression system.
  • Large, lightweight plastic fuel tank with 3.5-gallon capacity
  • Multifunction LCD digital instrumentation is compact, tough and waterproof, featuring large readouts for gear position, speedometer, odometer, resettable tripmeter and hour meter. Instrument housing includes indicator lights for Reverse, Neutral, water-temperature, PGM-FI, 4WD and Power Steering (for EPS model).
  • Thickly padded seat provides all-day comfort.
  • Large cargo racks front and rear carry payloads of 66 and 133 pounds, respectively.
  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch with 850-pound towing capacity.
  • Snorkel-type air-intake system is specially designed to resist water.
  • Closed crankcase vent system safeguards against engine oil contamination.
  • USDA-qualified spark arrester/muffler designed for quiet operation without wool packing for long-lasting performance.
  • Powerful 371-watt AC generator.
  • Tough 12-amp-hour maintenance-free battery.
  • Twin-headlight system with 30-watt bulbs features multireflector lenses for optimal light distribution.
  • Combination LED stoplight and taillight.
  • Durable, comfortable, easy-to-use controls.
  • Keyed ignition switch for added security.
  • Large fenders give excellent mud protection.
    Specially-designed floorboards allow the rider's feet to grip the footrests while helping to keep mud and debris away.
  • Full-length synthetic lower skid plate with integrated front brush guard.
  • Constant-velocity-joint boot guards help prevent damage to boot covers.
  • Handlebar switches, controls and warning labels use easy-to-understand graphic labels.
  • Standard equipment includes a tire-pressure gauge.
  • Assembled in Timmonsville, South Carolina.
  • Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
  • Purchase of a new, previously unregistered Honda USA-certified unit by an individual retail user in the United States qualifies the owner for a one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Riders Club of America® (HRCA®). Visit www.hrca.honda.com for details.

Available accessories

  • Flag Kit.
  • Recoil Starter.
  • 12-Volt Accessory Socket.
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