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Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby Roadracer6 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:47 am

Figured I would try posting in here. I have an old warrior, 1998 honda 300 fourtrax 2wd that my dad got brand new and I purchased it from him in 2002. Quad has been through hell riding in old stripper pits in Indiana for years and hunting. Both the front brakes and the rear brakes are absolutely shot. I got new pads thinking it would help but they were all seized up/rusted and ruined. I tried getting the rear drum off yesterday and broke the drum. The quad is great (honda) but the brakes are the worst. Ive been riding it for yrs without them utilizing the granny 1st gear to stop. I really don't want to fork out a ton of money getting the brakes going but would love to pickup a used set somewhere. Problem is its so old and I haven't had any luck. Anybody have a recommendation? The front wheels are off a 2002 honda forman 450 4x4 so they are a bit larger than stock. I put those on after adding some mud tires on the back that raised it up and needed to level it out.
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Re: Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby Andy S. » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:52 am

If you have 12" wheels, you can get disc brake kit for roughly $250 and install yourself, or pay a shop roughly another $250 for labor.
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Re: Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby gtk » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:42 am

i had the same issue on my 96 trx 300. i completely rebuilt the front brakes, and put new pads on rear. Almost didnt get rear drum off, and broke several bolts.

I dont know where you are located, but i found a junkyard for atv's in pipertown? north of collierville. I also had to buy some other stuff due to my mistake (ended up replacing the entire innards for the rear-end). Anyway, i would prob do a conversion to disc brakes if i had to do it over again. If your not up to that, I would start looking for parts bikes
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Re: Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby Andy S. » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:00 pm

If you plan to ride it in mud and water, go disc brake conversion for sure. Honda makes a great machine, but they have been at the back of the pack for years with their brakes.
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Re: Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby Roadracer6 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:06 pm

Thanks for the info guys. Yea the disc brakes is a no go for the front because even though I have larger wheels they are the factory honda steel wheels. I could retrofit something I'm sure but definitely not that motivated. May end up trying to find the whole assembly and replace what I have. Time will tell.
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Re: Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby gtk » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:39 am

you mentioned putting larger rims on. I think if you have > 12" rims you will be fine with disc brake conversion. Or you can do as others do, and just buy some spacers and use them to offset the rim a little
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Re: Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby Andy S. » Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:05 pm

I’d never advise anyone to rebuild the factory brakes on a 300. As mentioned 12” wheels and maybe spacers to get the disc conversion kit installed.
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Re: Old School 1998 Honda 300 Fourtrax Brakes

Postby Roadracer6 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:17 pm

I didn't even think about adding spacers. Looks like I'll be leaning that direction.
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