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This manual applies to the following models:
2012 Honda Foreman 500 TRX500FM
2012 Honda Foreman 500 TRX500FE
2012 Honda Foreman 500 TRX500FPM
2012 Honda Foreman 500 TRX500FPE
Honda Foreman TRX500fm - foot shifting
Honda Foreman TRX500fe - push button shifting
Honda Foreman TRX500fpm - foot shifting w/ power steering
Honda Foreman TRX50fpe - push button shifting w/ power steering
Engine: 475cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder, 9.5:1, four-stroke, 92mm x 71.5mm,
Production/model years: 12, 2012
Manual Language: English
Printable: Yes, all printers
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"Master Your Ride: Download the PDF Manual for Honda Foreman 500 ATV"
Take your ATV experience to the next level with the help of our comprehensive PDF manual for the 2012 Honda Foreman 500, TRX500. This manual is designed to provide you with detailed information on engine specifications, maintenance intervals, common issues, tuning tips, available accessories, and more. Whether you're an off-road enthusiast or a seasoned rider, this manual will be your go-to resource for understanding and maintaining the Honda Foreman 500 ATV.
Engine Specifications/Technical Data:
• The 2012 Honda Foreman 500 ATV is powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected 475cc engine.
• The engine features a longitudinally mounted cylinder design, providing optimal weight distribution and improved stability.
• It delivers a maximum power output of 29.5 horsepower (HP) at 6,250 revolutions per minute (RPM).
• The ATV offers an electric starter system for convenient and reliable engine ignition.
• The engine is equipped with Honda's Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system, ensuring efficient fuel delivery and improved throttle response.
• It features an overhead valve (OHV) design for enhanced durability and reduced engine friction.
• The ATV utilizes a five-speed manual transmission with reverse gear for versatile control and maneuverability.
• It comes with an automatic clutch system, allowing for smooth and easy gear shifting.
• The Foreman 500 ATV offers selectable four-wheel drive (4WD), enabling riders to switch between 2WD and 4WD modes based on terrain conditions.
• It features Honda's TraxLok system, which allows riders to shift between 2WD and 4WD modes on the go.
• The ATV is equipped with a maintenance-free battery, providing reliable starting power.
• It has a fuel capacity of 4.1 gallons (15.5 liters), allowing for extended riding sessions without frequent refueling.
• The Honda Foreman 500 ATV features a front suspension with independent double-wishbone design, providing excellent shock absorption and maneuverability.
• It comes with a rear suspension system utilizing a swingarm design with a single shock for optimal ride comfort and handling.
• The ATV offers a ground clearance of 7.5 inches (19.1 centimeters), ensuring ample space for traversing various terrains.
• It features front and rear hydraulic disc brakes for responsive and reliable stopping power.
• The Honda Foreman 500 ATV has a dry weight of 608 pounds (276 kilograms), contributing to its stability and agility.
• It is equipped with durable all-terrain tires suitable for various off-road conditions.
Facts and Details:
- The 2012 Honda Foreman 500 ATV is part of Honda's long-standing Foreman series, known for their ruggedness and reliability.
- It is designed to tackle a wide range of off-road environments, from muddy trails to rocky terrains.
- The Foreman 500 ATV is suitable for both recreational riding and work-related tasks, offering versatility for different needs.
- Honda's focus on durability and performance is evident in the robust construction of the Foreman 500, ensuring years of reliable operation.
- The ATV's power and torque make it capable of towing and hauling tasks, making it ideal for work on farms or construction sites.
- The 2012 Honda Foreman 500 features a comfortable and ergonomic seating position, allowing for extended rides without fatigue.
- Riders appreciate the smooth and precise shifting of the ATV's manual transmission, providing a responsive and engaging riding experience.
- The selectable 4WD system and TraxLok feature make it easy to adapt to changing terrain conditions and improve traction when needed.
- The ATV's suspension system provides excellent shock absorption, offering a comfortable ride even on rough surfaces.
- Owners praise the Honda Foreman 500's fuel efficiency, allowing for longer rides without frequent refueling.
- The ATV's compact size and nimble handling make it suitable for maneuvering through tight trails and challenging obstacles.
- Honda's reputation for reliability extends to the Foreman 500, with many owners reporting minimal issues and long-term durability.
- The Foreman 500 ATV's rugged exterior design showcases its off-road capabilities and gives it an aggressive and sporty look.
Maintenance Intervals and General Tips:
► Regular maintenance intervals for the Honda Foreman 500 ATV include oil and filter changes every 100 hours or as recommended by the manufacturer.
► It is important to clean or replace the air filter regularly to prevent debris from entering the engine.
► Check and adjust the tension of the drive chain regularly to ensure optimal performance.
► Inspect and maintain proper tire pressure to enhance traction and extend tire life.
► Lubricate all pivot points, including the suspension components and controls, to prevent excessive wear and ensure smooth operation.
► Keep the ATV's exterior clean and free from mud or debris, as this can contribute to component deterioration and affect performance.
► Store the ATV in a dry and secure location when not in use, and consider using a cover to protect it from the elements.
► Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for winterization procedures if the ATV will be stored for an extended period during colder months.
Common Issues and Solutions:
* Starting issues may occur due to a discharged battery or a faulty ignition system. Check the battery charge and connections, and ensure proper spark plug functioning.
* Fuel-related issues can arise from stale fuel or clogged fuel lines. Use fresh fuel and clean the fuel system as recommended by the manufacturer.
* If the ATV experiences loss of power or engine hesitation, it may be due to a clogged air filter. Clean or replace the air filter to improve airflow.
* Steering-related issues, such as stiffness or difficulty in turning, may be caused by improper lubrication or damaged components. Inspect and lubricate the steering system and replace any damaged parts.
* Overheating can occur in extreme operating conditions or due to a malfunctioning cooling system. Ensure the cooling system is clean, and check for proper coolant levels and functioning of the radiator and fan.
* Electrical issues, such as malfunctioning lights or accessories, may be caused by loose connections or faulty wiring. Inspect and repair or replace any damaged electrical components.
Popular Tuning Tips and Modifications:
■ Upgrading the ATV's exhaust system to improve performance and enhance the sound.
■ Installing a snorkel kit to allow the ATV to navigate through water and muddy terrains.
■ Adding a winch to the front or rear of the ATV for recovery purposes or utility tasks.
■ Upgrading the suspension system with aftermarket shocks for improved off-road performance and comfort.
■ Installing aftermarket skid plates and guards to protect vital components during off-road riding.
Available Accessories, Attachments, and Aftermarket Options:
* Front and rear cargo racks for increased carrying capacity.
* Storage boxes or bags for secure and convenient storage of gear and equipment.
* Windshields and handguards for added protection from wind, debris, and branches.
* Snow plows and blades for snow removal applications.
* Gun racks and bow holders for hunters or outdoor enthusiasts.
* LED light bars or auxiliary lights for enhanced visibility in lowlight conditions.
* ATV winches and mounting kits for towing and recovery purposes.
* GPS systems or smartphone mounts for navigation and tracking.
* ATV trailers for transporting additional cargo or equipment.
* ATV covers for protection from the elements during storage.
* Skid plates and A-arm guards for increased undercarriage protection.
Owner Reviews and Opinions (Strengths and Weaknesses):
☺ Owners appreciate the Honda Foreman 500's durability and reliability, with many reporting minimal issues even after years of use.
☺ The ATV's power and torque make it capable of handling various terrains and towing heavy loads.
☺ The selectable 4WD system provides excellent traction and off-road capabilities.
☺ Riders find the manual transmission engaging and enjoy the control it offers.
☺ The ATV's compact size and nimble handling make it suitable for navigating tight trails and challenging obstacles.
☻ Some owners mention that the ATV's suspension could be improved for a smoother ride on rough terrains.
☻ The Foreman 500's stock tires may not provide optimal traction in extremely muddy or slippery conditions.
Repairs that Need to be Carried Out Most Frequently:
→ Regular oil and filter changes to maintain engine performance and longevity.
→ Cleaning or replacement of the air filter to ensure proper airflow and prevent engine damage.
→ Inspection and adjustment of the drive chain tension to prevent slippage and ensure smooth power transfer.
→ Lubrication of pivot points, including suspension components and controls, to prevent excessive wear and maintain smooth operation.
→ Periodic inspection and cleaning of the cooling system to prevent overheating and ensure efficient engine operation.
→ Checking and maintaining proper tire pressure to optimize traction and extend tire life.
→ Replacement of spark plugs to maintain reliable ignition and prevent misfires.
→ Periodic inspection and tightening of electrical connections to ensure proper functioning of lights and accessories.
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