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Eight riders total today and the temp was great for a New Years Day ride. I met Kingsmit from this forum and he fit right in with us. His King Quad is a real nice machine and after seeing it in action, I will say Suzuki did a good job on the new King. Very nice machine indeed and it does get up and haul ass no problem. I think Kingsmit was just as sceptical meeting us as we were of meeting him for the first time! Nevertheless I think he will return here again for more fun and adventures in the future. Looking forward to meeting and riding with Doolin now!
 

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blue-grizzly-04, how well did the King Quad mesure up to the Grizz? Excluding looks of course, the Grizzly is the BADEST looking brast out there. IMO That King Quad does have some impresive specs though.

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Blue, trust I'm looking forward to riding with you and the rest real soon as well. It's killing me just letting it sit in the garage for the past few days.

I was going to start a thread about this, because it was questions I had regarding which quad to buy, either a King Quad or Grizzly. When I got to researching the KQ has some nice features: EFI, storage on the fender, handlebar headlight, sealed rear brakes, and it was comfortable and looked good. Then I compared it to the Grizz and realized the Grizz was comfortable, was an established reliable machine, had more ground clearance (read that the KQ has less than it claims, also read the shocks need to be stiffer in the rear they sag with extra weight, reverse problems where it blows out and you need the lower case replaced which leads to it being left at the dealer due to lack of parts, lower towing capacity, and few other things. Don't get me wrong I think the KQ is a great bike and after a couple of years getting the bugs out, it will be a hard choice. But for now, I'll take the higher ground clearance, higher towing and rack weights, proven all around bike.

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I haven't ridden the KQ to honestly get the feel of it, so I cannot give much opinion. What I can say is that the KQ seems to be a great machine like the Grizzly. I do know this, it does not lack in power because everytime I looked back Kingsmit was right on my tail! Bill(Kingsmit) owned a Grizzly before his KQ so he would be most able to give an honest opinion between the two machines.

Doolin,

Next time we ride we better see you there with us! Randy and I plan on taking you guys on a good adventure. We have a route planned where we will do about 50 miles and then we will make our way back to the campsite and have a feast! Yesterday we cooked up a storm at the site and we all ate like kings. So you better tell "the wife" you will be riding and do not expect you back home anytime soon.LOL I think you will like our campsite area, Bill(Kingsmit) said we have an awesome place and he will be back for sure. As soon as I can I will post some pics.
 

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Oh I forgot to add. THe KQ can only be locked in 4wd low. You can't lock it in 4 hi like the Grizz. I had also read complaints of a lag off the line on the KQ till about 10mpg then it's rip snorting mean. Most thought it was a programming thing in the EFI that will easily be rectified. Again, I'm not saying its a bad machine, just things I found out in my research.

Now, I will most defiantly be riding with you guys. I can't wait. My goal this week is to find a trailer. I'm calling your place in enfield in monday and another couple places up here in mass. The weather maybe wintry this week...I'm praying the mount comes in! I'll probably start assembling the plow tommorrow so all we'll have to do is the winch and heated grips (although the grips look easy too).
 

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No problem Koko. When you get the mount in just give me a call and we will make plans. If you do buy a trailer from where I bought mine, let me know and I could take a ride up there with you if you like.
 

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Good deal! So what did you guys cook out in the woods? You take a grill or just cook over the fire?


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Awesome ride yesterday,nice trails, a fun bunch of guys, couldn't ask for better weather in Jan. We did 26.5 mi. according to my odo, Arms and shoulders are a little sore this morning.

Seeing as this is my first real ride on the KQ I'll try to address some of the supposed issues.As far as any kind of hesitation off the line I didn't notice any at all, power was all there, from take-off to as far into the throttle as I was willing to go on a new engine(I saw 58 on the speedo once). I never was very good at wheelies, never had the technique, but on several occasions yesterday I had to back off on the throttle to keep the front end down.

As far as ground clearance, I didn't have any trouble bottoming out but the trails we rode were pretty smooth, there were 4 sport quads in the group and they did fine. I figure a set of 26" or 27"s will help. I view this as an upgrade that I would have to do anyway (stock tires suck on Griz and KQ) so I don't see this as an added expense.

I haven't tried the diff-lock yet so I don't know if the Hi-Lo range thing is true or not, but on the Griz I only used the diff-lock twice so I don't think it's gonna make much difference.

I know this is a Grizzly forum so I appologize for spouting off but I have to say that so far I'm very happy with with my purchase.

Blue Griz, I'm looking forward to riding with you guys again and your welcome to take the King for a spin.
 

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Kingsmit,

We did indeed have a great time yesterday and as I said,"you fit right in with us" and we all were glad you came. Funny thing happened this morning to me. I went out to wash the Grizzly and I noticed the floor in my shop was wet with blue colored liquid. I immediately thought OH NO, I must have punctured my radiator or hose because my anti-freeze(which is blue color) is all over the floor. So I washed the machine real good as always and I started to check things out. Well to my surprise I found the leak and I had a great laugh! I brought some juice(blue colored raspberry) on the ride yesterday and the top must have worked loose. It must have leaked out during the night and ended up all over my floor! I was so happy I didn't have to tear into everything to find a coolant leak. Next time to **** with the blue juice and I will be bringing some better beverages more to suit my needs. Also, next ride we plan on doing the "big loop" and if you think the trails we rode yesterday were great, wait till you see these trails! Just make sure to tell "the wife" you will be gone for a while so don't wait up for you. We plan on being out there even longer next ride.
 

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Hey guys sounds like you had a nice time, aren't the trail side cookouts the best, we do that all the time. Hope to get out next week and do some more riding, wife is gone this week so I have to stay home and tend to the business. Please post some pictures. Danny
 

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Kingmit,

I can't wait to ride with you and blue. I don't doubt the capability of the Kingquad at all. I hope you didn't get that impression. I was very close to buying one. It's just the pros and cons I came up with in my research and none were from personal experience. I agree the diff lock thing is moot point for the amount of times it would most likely be used.

Blue...love the juice story!!! I see wintry mix in the forcast, I hope I can get the mounting bracket in and all the parts on before any more significant snow fall.


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Doolin,

The juice ordeal was funny. I use a coolant called "Engine Ice" and it's blue, so whenever I seen the blue liquid on my floor I thought something got punctured! I will not be bringing "blue raspberry juice" on anymiore rides! Oh, just a warning for you, be aware, when you mount the bottom plow mount there is a chance of breaking off a U-bolt. When I looked under the machine for the leak I found I had sheared off one side of a U-bolt on a rock while riding. Easy fix for sure but I thought I would mention this to you so you will have a heads-up when you take it on trails. I have owned 3 plows in the past and never sheared a bolt off of the mounting plate untill last ride. Time to visit Aubuchon's and I think I will be buying a couple U-bolts to keep some on hand just incase.
 
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