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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    I would stick with the Grizzly. I bought a 2014 new was also looking at the Outlander but the Grizzly cost less and I have had many Yamahas and never had a bad one. Before I bought the Grizz I had a Rapter 700 plus many dirt bikes. When I bought the Grizz 3 of my friends all bought Outlander 1000s and while these machines have impressive power and are a hoot to ride all 3 have had issues while my machine has never left me stranded and I have no problem keeping up with them on the trail on a road where you can open them up they are much faster but I would take reliability over top end power all day long. I am also not a mud bogger prefer Rocky Mountain trails over swamp riding so the big power on the Outlander might make them better in that type of riding. I got a Kodiac 450 for my wife and it has also been problem free I had 2 Polaris Scamblers for her a 400 2 stroke and a 500 4 stroke and when they worked they were great but after they got a couple years old pretty much had to pull wrenches after every ride towed both of them back to camp many times don't know if it was just the Scramblers that were unreliable but no more Polaris for me. From my experience with Yamaha do regular maintenance and ride.



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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    My dad has a 2008 660 Grizzly. Almost 9000 km. A lot of those km the quad had a cartload of wood behind it. The only issue it ever had was a wire short in the main wiring harness where it rubbed on the frame. I currently have a 2005 Honda Rincon which I like and a 2015 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail which I haven't put enough km on to form an opinion on really. That being said if I was in the market for a new quad I would probably buy a Grizzly. Can't really go wrong there in my opinion. Good luck with whatever you decide to buy.
    P.S. Dad is still on his original belt.

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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    Yep, stick with what you know. We've had a few grizz/zuki's growing up and have over 5k km on my kingquad i bought new in 2012. only issues have been my own doing(stick thru rad, torn CV boot, etc). The kid has a smaller griz and its been put thru the wringer with not a single issue either. Yes they are under powered compared to the canam/polaris counterparts. But for what i/we use the machines for(hunting, acreage maintenance, trail/logging road trips) they work flawlessly.

    Would i get another zuki or grizz?? hands down no question for the budget and needs we currently have. (A grizz/suzuki is abit cheaper than the polaris/canam equivalent). But if the budget allowed i would contemplate a 1000cc 2-up just for the extra power and rack/cargo/person capability.
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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    Owned a king quad for 5 yrs and a grizzly for a few months. KQ is sportier & handles off camber situations way better, grizzly is scary in those situations. Grizzly is better bush machine though intake/a-arm setup wise.
    I would buy the grizzly if they were the same price but canít go wrong with either

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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    I have owned pretty much every brand except Kawasaki, Suzuki. Polaris is the number one selling ATV in the world and I love mine. Honda is a great machine but under powered and rides like a tank. Yamaha should stick to making Piano"s LOL. Pretty much the same quality as Honda. Can-Am never again junk. (Quebec made also) My two cents

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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle View Post
    I have owned pretty much every brand except Kawasaki, Suzuki. Polaris is the number one selling ATV in the world and I love mine. Honda is a great machine but under powered and rides like a tank. Yamaha should stick to making Piano"s LOL. Pretty much the same quality as Honda. Can-Am never again junk. (Quebec made also) My two cents
    FYI can-am have not been made in queerbec since 2008
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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    I’ve owned Honda, Yamaha and now can-am. Honda and Yamaha equally reliable in my opinion with Yamaha being way cheaper for parts. I’d never own another Honda quad because parts are outrageous and they’re at least a generation behind in their design.
    Can Am is a very well engineered machine, bordering on being over-engineered. Smooth, quiet, very powerful and rides great.
    As far as reliability, i think if properly maintained, all 3makes above will give good service.
    Based on what I’ve seen with buddies Polaris machines, I’d keep away from them. Polaris are like dodge trucks. Build quality is poor, and reliability drops off rapidly as they get older. Then you’re stuck trading back to the dealer because no one else wants them. ( bear in mind I’m talking quads. I have limited experience with SxS’s).

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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    I've owned 3 grizzlies before buying an outlander xtp. I love the power of the outty and the fox podium 2.0 suspension but this machine can't even come close to taking the kind of beating that the girzzlies did - thank god for having a 3 year warranty. Especially now that the Grizzly is on a new broader, longer chassis, I am heavily leaning towards going back to one when the time comes. For the money I spent on my outty, I could build one seriously kick azz grizz.
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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    Decision made, and picked up the replacements. We were pretty sure we were going to go back to the grizzly's. Too many trouble free miles on our old ones to justify trying something else. The Grizzly's has done everything exceptionally well that we use them for. Did take a bold step, and I went with a different colour, while the better half stuck with blue.

    Appreciate the replies, I knew Yamaha tweaked the Grizzly from what the 2012's were. Suspension, more storage, engine, etc. I didn't know that they played with the eps though. Sweet baby Jesus, totally effortless steering. Our 2012's were nice, but on the 2018's they really brought it to a whole new level.


    Only managed 1 short little ride so far, as getting rained on in December isn't my idea of fun, but looking forward to many more km's getting racked up.

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    Re: Sell me on your brand.

    Well let's see a picture of these babies!
    A few here: http://www.snowandmud.com/members/52318-albums2430.html

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