The Honda Talon R and Honda Talon X share the same engine and transmission, and in stock form, they perform the same in a straight-line scenario. However, the Honda Talon R has different suspension, a longer wheelbase, a wider stance, and a different steering rack. So if you’re looking for a rack and pinion replacement for your Honda Talon, make sure to get the right one so that it fits the edition of Honda side-by-side that you own. Regardless of which Honda Talon you own and no matter what happened to your machine’s rack and pinion, Everything Honda Offroad has the parts to replace or upgrade any element of your UTV steering system. Pinion gears, for example, can wear out over time, causing the gear teeth to slip or not engage properly. Not only will this make the steering in your Honda Talon shaky and less responsive, but it could also damage other aspects of your rig’s steering system if left unchecked. So if something doesn’t feel right behind the wheel and you suspect it could be your machine’s steering rack or pinion, consult your local mechanic / dealer or look into the issue yourself before any further damage is needlessly incured.
You can expect similar top speeds from both the Honda Talon R and Honda Talon X. However, the X series uses a different steering rack than the Talon R, and it has a different geometry as well. While it is speculated that the Honda Talon R has a limited rack and pinion steering linkage by design to prevent wear and tear, the Honda Talon X doesn’t have that limitation. Nevertheless, the turning radius on both machines is comparable; the rack and pinions, on the other hand, are not. Whatever the case may be, we’re here to help with any of your rack and pinion needs. If your steering rack has too much slack, or if something is off with your steering pinions, for OEM and aftermarket rack and pinion systems for the Honda Talon, Everything Honda Offroad is the place to go.