Honda Pioneer Forum banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
33 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Those of you that have a Pioneer, how does the auto tranny do on steep climbs and when bogged down in mud? I wish there was a low range lock in them but I am satisfied with what I experienced at the dealer. Still haven't got mine yet.:(
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,395 Posts
I haven't been in that deep of mud with mine, but I have done steep inclines with a load. It responds just as you would expect it to. It will stay in low gear longer until you build enough revs in the torque converter. I haven't had an issue with it shifting up and down under load or anything else that would be suspect.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
903 Posts
I haven't been in that deep of mud with mine, but I have done steep inclines with a load. It responds just as you would expect it to. It will stay in low gear longer until you build enough revs in the torque converter. I haven't had an issue with it shifting up and down under load or anything else that would be suspect.
Experience I have so far, it will hold the gear if under load, no unexpected shifts.
I have been curious about this. So no "hunting" for gears?

Good Job, Honda.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,395 Posts
I have been curious about this. So no "hunting" for gears?

Good Job, Honda.
No hunting for gears, and you do notice that it has two different shift maps, one for performance and one for tooling around.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
418 Posts
Like Moose stated, it will go up very steep hills... you just have to rev it up more. I haven't tried it (fear of damaging it) but I'm guessing if you pushed up against a large tree with all 4 locked in on packed dirt it would lug and not be able to spin all 4 tires.

Though my pioneers great, I still would of preferred the Rubicon type tranny instead of Rincon. Just can't say enough of how awesome the rubicon tranny is.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
I've gone up some very steep hills and haven't had to apply more than half the throttle.. IMO the pioneer really excels on steep terrain
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Im not encouraging this by any means, but one night at the hunting camp, we tested out the tranny, by locking it in and climbing a tree with one front tire on tree and one suspended in air. I had it at less than mid throttle, and it not only climbed the tree (no help from angle roots ) but didnt even spin a tire. It climbed it with ease. I was impressed and havent met a situiation yet that it bogged down. The tree was not angled over any thing else for that matter that would make you dismiss this event. It may not have a 900 engine or even a low gear, but pound for pound, the baddest machine on the market in my opinion. Very glad I went with old faithful honda rather than take a chance on a polaris. Nothing agaisnt polaris, but I would rather be on a honda.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,395 Posts
Im not encouraging this by any means, but one night at the hunting camp, .
Some of the best stories start this way. :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Some of the best stories start this way. :D
.... the end of the story was.... I had it on the tailgate straight up..... didnt flip over but only because I didnt want to test the roll cage, and other than a few minor scratches to the bumper where it slid into tree, still running like a champ. Cant beat a honda.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
90 Posts
.... the end of the story was.... I had it on the tailgate straight up..... didnt flip over but only because I didnt want to test the roll cage, and other than a few minor scratches to the bumper where it slid into tree, still running like a champ. Cant beat a honda.
That's when you should have a camera....we love pictures!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,395 Posts
.... the end of the story was.... I had it on the tailgate straight up..... didnt flip over but only because I didnt want to test the roll cage, and other than a few minor scratches to the bumper where it slid into tree, still running like a champ. Cant beat a honda.
Next time you need to be steering with one hand and snapping photos with the other.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top