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We had rode them in the snow and we were in WV on the Hatfield McCoy trails. We don't beat them but mine went first, I noticed the boots were twisted and when I would back up it made a clicking noise, then I noticed that going forward it made the same clicking noice when I turned to the right. When we got home I was backing hers from the trailer and I heard hers doing it too so I called the dealer and he said bring them both in. I haven't talked to them about why it happened, I'll do that when I pick them up this week. I'll let you know what they say. We love how they ride, we have them on the softest shock setting and they ride so smooth, but we had a Recon ES and a 250EX before so they ride a lot better than they did.
 

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Is yours a 2004 model?

The '02 Grizzlies didn't have CV problems. Then Yamaha went cheap in '03 and had lots of problems. Then the problems were supposed to be cured in '04, but now it appears they are not.

Interseting...

Rob
 

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After reading this post I now know my CV is bad, I was pretty sure that was the problem. exact same clicking noise when turning. dealer quoted me $268.00 for the half shaft assembly, said yamaha doesn't sell just the joint. any aftermarket parts available??
 

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i have read gorrilla axles are the strongest to put in the 660, but they are not cheap. i have just broke my 6'th cv joint. i am definately getting my money back out of the extended warranty. since the 5'th cv joint i ahve been babying it in the mud, guess that wont work either. but since i have gotten my 2002 grizzly, i wont own anything but another grizzly.
 

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Just broke the rear outer CV on my 2003 Grizzly last weekend. I'm taking it to the dealer next week and I hope they cover it under the YES!
 

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Hi I'm new to the forum and I done went thru 3 axles so far. Broke the rear last week end. The dealers down here in La. want a arm and a leg to replace them. My warranty is up and it's out of pocket for me. I did find a place out of California (North County Yamaha) that has a good price for replacements, if you go back with the stock axles. Here they want $256 and thru North County, I got the for $168. Even with shipping, it was still cheaper then getting them here in Louisiana. The ones they send me are the 04 axles. So far the first 2 I replaced seem to be holding up. But if they start breaking, Gorilla axles will be getting a call. I still think it's a shame how Yamaha new of the problem but does't want to do any thing about it. I copies of all my receipts just in case they do one day.

Besides that the Grizzly is a great ATV.
 

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Contrary to popular belief I don't think the axle issue is as big as we think it is. Sure we hear it allot on the forums but it is a small percentage of the people on the forum and only a small percentage of Grizzly owners are on forums as well. Then if you notice the people that are breaking them generally have larger than stock tires on also. Before taking my machine into a shop to have it worked on I contacted three different dealers and none of them have had any quads returned due to an axle failure. I agree that they may not be up to extreme use but like I stated above for most people they are still sufficient.
 

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I only have 25" ATR on my grizz and had it in 4x4 low range trying to pull my wife off of a fallen tree along side a cliff...lol on a rocky sandy base and was spinning all four digging a hole and had never had a problem with the cv's so far. Keep in mind I was not at full throttle but enough to spin them. Hope my luck keeps going and mine dont go out, but if they do I think I will be looking into the Gorilla axles.
 

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Well I have a 2005 and today I snapped the CV on mine. Taking a hill with some snow. I have 26" Mudlites on the Grizz - I asked the dealer about the CV and if these tires would be a problem, they told me should not be, so I'll be ticked it they don't hook me up with a new CV. Has anyone taken the plunge and replaced with Outlaw or Gorillas???
 

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Hmmmmm,

Myself, being rather new to the ATV world, I put a lot of faith in my research prior to the purchace of my beloved Grizzly (that sound sick...lol).Anyway, I spent quite some time on several forums, reading complaints and issues surrounding most of the popular big cube 4wd ATVs. Yamaha seemed to me to have the gratest value on the market so thats what I bought. (many thanks to the helpful folks on this site). That being said. Around these CV joints the brakage does seem to follow somewhat of a trend as DKNARND stated, "larger than stock tires on" and a more aggressive use pattern. My concern is the more time I spend on this machine the more I want larger tires and as confidence with her improves so does my aggressiveness. Might soon be time to start really looking at those Gorilla products???

Last week I got to pop my chery in some REAL mud, dam that was fun. I did get myself into a possition where I felt locked 4wd low was needed to reach the other side. Prety well covered my grizz, myself, and a couple of my buddys with some sweet ol' Alabama mud.... The Grizzly shined in performance when covered in mud. I wound up pulling out a 450 Forman and a 300 Kow Lakota. I know I know, neither ones much comp to the Grizz, but it was still a blast.

I'm pooling some bucks for some needes upgrades. CV boot covers first, trunk then tires and wheels and lastly better skidplate and a arm guards. $$$$ ouch $$$$
 

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Man I guess myself not having broke one yet *knock on wood* I just cant see how you guys are breaking these things so easy.

Panthrd;

were you on the gas hard and spinnning and hit the dirt and get traction or something. How did you break it in snow? Plus I would not think 26" tires are really to big.
 

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Personally I think the Grizz should have 26" tires on it from the factory, but then actually why should we pay for 26" factory tires when most people are going to change them anyway. I will always keep 26" tires on my Grizz. About half of the time I wish I would have went with 27" but then when I think about it I can't say that it would have made a difference having the extra 1/2 inch of clearance anytime that I have been stuck. And generally they are heavier so that would be effecting the performance. Most of my riding is trails so the 26" agressive tread is perfect.

When I broke my cv I was in a deep hole for about 2 seconds in 2wd and it went. My guess is that it must have been already fatigued before I got into that hole. I have had my Grizz spinning and trying to claw out of holes several times. Generally there is no need to be spinning fast because the faster you spin isn't going to get you out faster. Once you start to spin your not going anywhere so get off of the gas and try something else. Don't be afraid to use the winch.
 
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