How to Replace Honda TRX 350 Rear Brake Cables 

Grabbing the hand brake on an ATV and finding too much movement or none at all from the brake lever is never a good sign. The same goes for the foot brake. 

The brake cables on a Honda TRX350 can stretch or become clogged with dirt and debris over time. Unless you periodically replace the cables, there will come a time when your brakes will stop working properly, and that's when accidents happen. Here's how to replace the rear hand and foot brake cables on a Honda Rancher ATV with little more than a roll of tape. 

Tools and Parts Needed - Honda Rancher Rear Brake Cable Replacement

Tools 

  • Electrical tape

Honda TRX 350 Rear Foot Brake Cable Replacement

Step 1. Remove the right rear wheel.

Step 2. Remove the brake cable adjustment screw from the lower of the two brake cables. The lower cable is the foot brake cable and the upper cable is the hand brake cable.

Honda TRX 350 Rancher rear foot brake cable

Step 3. Remove the tensioning spring from the cable, and pull the cable out through the retaining bracket.

Honda Rancher TRX rear foot brake cable replacement

Step 4. Push the rubber boot at the front end of the foot brake cable to expose the cable itself, and then pull the cable out through the slot in the side of the guide bracket.

Honda Rancher TRX350 rear foot brake cable replacement

Step 5. Rotate the cable clockwise until you can remove the head of the cable through the notch in the brake pedal's inner cable housing.

rear foot brake cable replacement Honda Rancher TRX 350

Step 6. Install a new Honda TRX350 foot brake cable, working backwards from Step 5 through Step 2 to install the new cable by reversing what you did to remove the old one. 

rear foot brake cable change Honda TRX 350 Rancher

Step 7. Tighten the cable adjustment screw until you have the correct amount of tension in the foot brake cable. Typically, this is about a quarter to half an inch of play in the foot brake pedal.

PRO TIP: Having adjusted the foot brake cable, make sure the arms of the adjustment screw are horizontal. This is because the screw has a curved face that helps lock it in place when it is positioned horizontally.

Honda Rancher TRX 350 foot brake cable replacement

Honda TRX 350 Rear Hand Brake Cable Replacement

Step 1. Remove the right rear tire.

Step 2. Remove the brake cable adjustment screw from the upper of the two brake cables. The lower cable is the foot brake cable, and the upper cable is the hand brake cable.

Honda Rancher TRX350 rear hand brake cable replacement

Step 3. Remove the tensioning spring from the cable, and pull the cable out through the retaining bracket.

Step 4. Push the rubber boot away from the hand brake lever, and rotate the hand brake cable until you can remove it through the slot in the bottom of the lever.

Honda Rancher hand brake cable change

Step 5. Pull the hand brake cable out from the brake lever's rubber boot, and pull the cable free from the retaining hook under the central handlebar cover.

Hand brake cable Honda TRX Rancher

Step 6. Securely tape the rear end of the new Honda TRX350 hand brake cable to the front end of the old hand brake cable with electrical tape. Unclip and remove the plastic side panel, and release the brake cable from the retaining hook located on the frame just in front of the rear fender.

Honda Rancher ATV hand brake cable replacement

Honda Rancher TRX 350 rear hand cable replacement

Honda TRX350 rear hand cable replace

Step 7. Carefully pull the old brake cable out from the bottom end while feeding the new cable in from the front end. The new brake cable should slide right into place by using this method. 

Rancher TRX 350 ATV hand brake cable replacement

Step 8. Connect the new rear hand brake cable in the reverse order you disconnected the old one (Step 5 through Step 2).

PRO TIP: Before connecting the brake cable to the hand brake lever, it's a good idea to remove the brake lever pivot bolt and grease it.

TRX 350 Honda Rancher rear hand brake cable replacement

Step 9. Tighten the cable adjustment screw until you have the correct amount of tension in the hand brake cable.

PRO TIP: Remember, the arms of the adjustment screw should be horizontal once the adjustment is finished so that the curved face of the adjustment screw keeps it locked in place.

Hand brake cable replacement Honda Rancher TRX350

Now that you know how to replace the rear brake cables on your Honda Rancher TRX 350, why not learn how to replace the rear brakes on your ATV too? Watch the video below and we'll show you how to get it done.

 

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