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The Honda Pioneer's double-wishbone independent front suspension features 7.9 inches of travel, is it enough for you?

 

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some friends of mine go on some crazy trails with their side by sides and lifted trucks
i know the pioneer will get stuck on some of those
its always good to know your limits!
 

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when i get my pioneer I plan to try out some of the rocky terrains over at my brother in laws land. its not too crazy but it would be a great place to start without getting stuck.
 

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as important as suspension travel is. Ground clearance is also pretty important.

10.3inches is what the Pioneer offers.

Compared to the top dog sxs (rzr. commander. wildcat) that usually offer 11-12" or more its not the best. But the Pioneer wasn't designed specifically to cater to climbing rocks.
 

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as important as suspension travel is. Ground clearance is also pretty important.

10.3inches is what the Pioneer offers.

Compared to the top dog sxs (rzr. commander. wildcat) that usually offer 11-12" or more its not the best. But the Pioneer wasn't designed specifically to cater to climbing rocks.
thats not too bad then, can't complain about this when it wasn't originally built for it to start.
 

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as important as suspension travel is. Ground clearance is also pretty important.

10.3inches is what the Pioneer offers.

Compared to the top dog sxs (rzr. commander. wildcat) that usually offer 11-12" or more its not the best. But the Pioneer wasn't designed specifically to cater to climbing rocks.
It'll do just fine with that clearance. I wasn't intending on trying to climb rocks anyways.
 

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It still works just fine for climbing rocks though. Its honestly only the extreme situations where the Pioneer will get stuck.
 

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It still works just fine for climbing rocks though. Its honestly only the extreme situations where the Pioneer will get stuck.
yeah for general use it will be fine, i think it's going to be the off few that reach a roadblock when going off-road with the Pioneer
 

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I have a 50 inch rzr with a 2 inch lift, fox 2.0 shocks with heavy springs and 26.5 inch tires the ground clearance on it measured at the trailer hitch is 11 inches. The pioneer does not squat down near as far as a polaris when you get into it. I have no plans to add a lift kit to the pioneer. If I go with a 27 inch tire I will gain 1 inch of ground clearance and that should be plenty.
 

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I will be using Kenda Bear Claw HTR 8 ply radials. I have a couple sets of tires and wheels with a 4 on 156 bolt pattern. Super ATV makes a adapter that will convert the Honda 110 bolt pattern to the 156 pattern.
 

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hay soapy dont forget if you use the adapters that will widen the stance at least 1in per side and if them poo poo wheels are aftermarket then that's another 1in wider so it can be up to 4inches wider when all said and done .....youre steering will suffer real bad without the power steering option ..... super atv might have a powersteeping kit for it soon (they have it for the rincon, rubicon, and foreman 450 and 500 and the rancher i think )
 

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The wheels I plan on using are Polaris stock aluminum crusher style wheels. I am not sure what the offset is on the stock Honda rims, 1 inch offset on the Polaris wheels might keep the overall width about the same . I have installed a EZ steer on my rzr and was going to do the same on the Pioneer as soon as they are available.
 

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The suspension travel will be fine for my needs. However, I am adding the biggest tires I can fit under it. My timber is filled with stumps and rocks jutting up. When covered in moss and leaf clutter they are like land mines waiting to grab your under carriage. Need all the clearance I can get, especially since half the time it will be loaded to capacity with wood in the bed.

The extra clearance also helps when the deep snow shows up.
 
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