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Ice Cream Sammich
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Honda Rubicon discussion
Howdy all,

I started a thread last year about getting a new Honda ATV. The lease we had lined up fell through at the last minute. Last month, I stumbled into another lease and still have no ATV.

I have decided that I want the new Rubicon 520cc. I was adamant about wanting the DCT (automatic) last time we talked about this, but I am changing my mind. My reason for wanting the DCT was my dad has MS and needs it. However, he's not joining this lease and will get his own ATV if he does.

So, this leave me with 3 options:
Rubicon with EPS $8,800
Rubicon with DCT $8,700
Rubicon with EPS and DCT $9,400

Those are MSRP prices, they are so new its hard to get consistent OTD pricing.

Is EPS worth it over the DCT? Is DCT worth it over EPS? Why not both?

Opinions?


Bionicknee
Member since Jun 2014
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
If you are and older hunter/outdoors man I strongly suggest eps and es. I have a 2008 foreman 500 with both. EPS is a god send for big tires in 4 wheel drive. Electric shift is nice especially if you have stiff ankles that make foot shift difficult. I have had zero trouble with mine and have had it in water up to the tank.
Honda in my opinion makes some good stuff!!!


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Ppro
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
I have both. Can't remember the last time I used esp. Nice bike and has been for many years. I highly recommend but again have almost never use esp


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bbvdd
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
I don’t know about the EPS or DCT but here are some bikes to compare prices:

With EPS. 8199

With DCT 7999

Those are 2020. They have cheaper ones FYI


Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
It will get larger tires and be bike that stays in the woods. That is why I want the EPS. I love the idea of not having to guess the right gear before crossing a creek or hand shifting when I am moving the bike around and I have my nice boots on, thats why I like the DCT.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
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With EPS. 8199

With DCT 7999


I forgot, I got a quote for DCT and EPS at GN Gonzales last week.$8,699.

About the same as your quotes (discounted price from MSRP.


Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
Deluxe for $9,000
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With EPS. 8199

With DCT 7999
quote:

DCT and EPS at GN Gonzales last week.$8,699.


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mrcoon
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Louisiana
Member since Jul 2019
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
quote:

Howdy all,

I started a thread last year about getting a new Honda ATV. The lease we had lined up fell through at the last minute. Last month, I stumbled into another lease and still have no ATV.

I have decided that I want the new Rubicon 520cc. I was adamant about wanting the DCT (automatic) last time we talked about this, but I am changing my mind. My reason for wanting the DCT was my dad has MS and needs it. However, he's not joining this lease and will get his own ATV if he does.

So, this leave me with 3 options:
Rubicon with EPS $8,800
Rubicon with DCT $8,700
Rubicon with EPS and DCT $9,400

Those are MSRP prices, they are so new its hard to get consistent OTD pricing.

Is EPS worth it over the DCT? Is DCT worth it over EPS? Why not both?

Opinions?


I have been having a Rubicon with the DCT automatic transmission and electric power steering (EPS) since 2016.

I could live without the DCT more so than the power steering. The DCT doesn't know what type of terrain you are in and can't get you stuck or in a not so safe situation if you are not paying attention. On steep hills or deep mud you have to use the electronic shifter (ESP) to prevent upshifting.

The power steering is great in preventing fatigue on a long day or when picking your way through tight spaces. The EPS system has overheat protection, and will cut off when overworked in deep mud. When it does turn off steering becomes very difficult.

Overall I really like my Rubicon. The front locker is awesome and the power is more than sufficient. I got the DCT so the wife, kids, and my dad who has knee problems could use it. For yard work, lease work, pulling trailers, and general trail riding the DCT is great, but I would get the EPS foot shift if I had to do it again.



LSUTiger23
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Member since Jun 2010
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
If you're going to spend that much, spend another 3K and get a Polaris side by side. You won't regret it.


Rando
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
As an owner of a General, they have different uses.

A buddy ignored my advice and bought a dct power steering one last week in BR.

8200 bucks.

But honestly, if you're open to a site by side and want Honda, you can get a pioneer 500 for 7500 and add power steering yourself for under 500 bucks.


jdavid1
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
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get a Polaris side by side


Agreed. Honda is a great fourwheeler. I can't argue that, but damn they are so overpriced. Compared to the other options out there I would never buy a new Honda anymore.
This post was edited on 11/22 at 9:04 am


Rando
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
Careful.

Choker is now going to board stalk you claiming you have a vendetta against Honda.



jdavid1
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
I like Honda fourwheelers. I had a rancher that was an awesome bike. BUT for the same money there are way better options.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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Member since Apr 2010
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
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Overall I really like my Rubicon. The front locker is awesome and the power is more than sufficient. I got the DCT so the wife, kids, and my dad who has knee problems could use it. For yard work, lease work, pulling trailers, and general trail riding the DCT is great, but I would get the EPS foot shift if I had to do it again.

This is my exact findings as well. The price difference between the EPS foot shift and the Deluxe is around $600-$700. That extra cost gets you upgraded rims and tires and DCT. I can get the EPS for $8,300 or Deluxe for $9,000.

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If you're going to spend that much, spend another 3K and get a Polaris side by side. You won't regret it.

Right now, no. I want a bike I can throw in the back of my truck and go. If it turns out that I am doing more hunting or work up there than I expect, I will look into one going forward.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
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A buddy ignored my advice and bought a dct power steering one last week in BR.

8200 bucks.


A 2020 or '19? Best deal I can find for the EPS DCT is $8,700.


Rando
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
20.

Atvzone in Roseland I believe.

If not it was friendly.

Both charge like 350 on top of taxes.


Ice Cream Sammich
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Member since Apr 2010
9672 posts

re: Honda Rubicon discussion
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Atvzone in Roseland I believe.


Havent been there yet.
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If not it was friendly.


Havent tried working best deal here yet.
quote:

Both charge like 350 on top of taxes.


Dont know what this means.

I do know this, if I can get the:
EPS for under $7,800, Ill buy.
DCT EPS for under $8,000, Ill buy.
Deluxe for under $8,400ish, Ill buy.


Rando
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
The state charges about 130 bucks or so to title. All local dealers charge 200 on top of that to g8ve it to a title place so they don't have to deal with it.

If your taxes are 10% on 8200, add 820 bucks to that and their title fees.

I don't mind the fee because our title company for our firm charges us 207 on top of the state's 130



Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
Makes perfect sense. I just didnt understand what you originally meant.

I still have your email. Ill send you one when I decide what model you want. Thanks.


Rando
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re: Honda Rubicon discussion
I'll try to get with him and see who he got it from. It was one or the other. Only advice he did take.


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