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There is some interchangeability between parts from the 1982 through 1984 BIG REDS. Note that there are some big differences between these models. The 1982 and 1983 200E models were chain driven with no reverse. The 1984 200ES models were shaft driven and have reverse. This article will only cover the main components that are interchangeable. Note this information is based on my research and my experience. Keep in mind that I am assuming that the parts are all OEM. I say this because I have owned many BIG REDS that have parts from other Honda ATC’s on them. Here we go:

 

Motor top end – The cylinder head, cylinder, piston, piston rings, wrist pin, and circlips are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Fenders and mud flaps – The front fenders are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS  The right rear fenders are the same between the 1982-1984 BIG REDS. The left side fenders are the same between the 1982-1983 BIG REDS. The left side fender for the 84 BIG RED is different from the 1982-83. A left side 82-83 BIG RED fender can be cut to fit a 1984 BIG RED. The left side 84 BIG RED fender can be used on a 1982-83 BIG RED but it won't look factory correct. See post and picture below for more detail. Note that the decals on the rear fenders changed in between the years.

Front end – The front end including the forks (some parts) and the steering stem bearings are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS. NOTE: The front fork tubes and front axle used on the 1982 BIG RED is not the same as the 1983 and 1984 BIG REDS. See link HERE for more info on this.

Racks – The front and rear racks are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Headlight – Headlight assemblies are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Control Cables – The throttle, brake, and choke cables are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Seat – the seat assemblies are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Handlebars – The handlebars are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Thumb throttle assembly - The thumb throttle assemblies are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Controls (hand levers, rear brake pedal, shifter) - are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Air cleaner element - are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Starter - are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Stater solenoid

Voltage regulator

Ignition coil

Spark plug

Brake shoes (front and rear) are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Foot pegs - are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Wheels and tires - are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Rear grab bar - are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

Taillight assembly (including the bracket) - are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS.

 

I know that more interchangeable parts existing but I wanted to keep this article focused on more of the major components.

 

 

 


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Thanks for the write-up! This helps me a lot! [smile] 
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Thank you [idea] nice to know !
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Fenders and mud flaps – The front and rear fenders are the same between the 1982-84 BIG REDS. Note that the decals on the rear fenders changed in between the years.

It just occurred to me, that there is a small difference with the left rear fender, because in the '84 fender, there's a cutout to clear the reverse transmission, whereas on the 82-83 models the fenders are identical on both sides. Of course you can make an older fender to fit the '84 by making the cut yourself, so it's not really a problem, but don't buy an '84 fender for your '82 or '83 Big Red, if you want it to look right! The right rear fender is the same on all 1982-1984 Big Reds.
 
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Thanks for the information and the picture. I edited the original post to correct it.
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Are the rear axles interchangeable between these years?
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Not sure about the 82 and 83 rear axles. Partzilla data says no. I don't have both axles to compare - if anybody knows please add to this post.

The 1984 Honda 200ES BIG RED is shaft drive and the axle is not interchangeable with the earlier (82 and 83) chain driven BIG REDS. The spline setup is different between these.
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