Honda TRX 400 vs TRX 450: Which to Choose

When it comes to choosing between two similar Honda ATV models, what should you go for? The Honda TRX450 offers a little more power than the TRX400, which is the more popular of the two. The suspension might make a world of difference.

Our resident powersports pro John Talley does live Q&A sessions on our YouTube channel every Friday at 3pm Eastern, and in this edition, he was asked by one viewer which Honda ATV model he would choose: the more powerful TRX 450 or the ever-popular TRX 400.

Honda TRX 400 vs 450

Honda TRX450 vs TRX400

I’m stuck. I don’t know what to choose between the TRX450R and the TRX400EX. I like the ease of maintenance on a 400, and the power of the 450. I do mostly trail riding, but I love to open it up a lot. Your thoughts?

John Talley: Well, it sounds like you’re right in the middle of those two transition machines. I’ve owned a 400EX and my son rides a 450R. And well if I can get my knees to actually function correctly, I like the 400EX better. It was more comfortable and not as high strung, suspension was softer. And my son often commented that the 450 just literally beat the crap out of him, because the factory suspension is set up to deal with race-level events and that’s not what you experience when you’re on the track or trail. But what we did to his is to calm down the suspension a little bit. We swapped out the springs for a different rate, front and back, and then adjusted the rebound to give it a more plush feel. And he could still run it on an MX track or an open track, but it was more manageable for longer rides in the woods and for trail riding sessions. So if you really like the power of the 450, go ahead and go with it and just calm the suspension down a bit so it’s more manageable to deal with on the trails. 

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Whether you go with the Honda TRX 400 or the 450 or any other make or model of ATV, if you're buying it used, you should know what to look for. In the video below, John provides a used ATV checklist of things you need to inspect when you buy a used ATV or UTV. This includes what to look for in the oil, the fuel system, the electrical system, the frame and suspension, and the wheels and tires.

Watch the video above to learn more about what to look for in a used ATV.

Want to see more live repair questions answered? See all of Partzilla’s past Live Q&A sessions here.  

 
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