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Hey folx,
I am the proud new owner of a '04 Red Grizzly. i haven't had a chance yet o to put a real ride on it and am dying to do so. I do know that when i sit on it and put it around the yard i feel like nothing can stop me. What an awesome machine. Looking forward to picking your minds and contributing in the future.
 

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Hello Seatec!

I think you will be a proud owner!
 

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THanx for the welcome guys. i hope to take the Grizz out this saturday and run her around the woods a little. maybe even climb a hill or two. There is also some good mud where i intend to ride. Is it to early to have her run up some hills or through some mud as long as i dont get her too hot and go past half throttle for more than 3 sec's?
 

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Sound`s like the man has a plan!
 

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Welcome Seatec, I have an 04 with 27 hrs on it and have just been through this, your plan for the woods is ideal, my dealer told me that the main thing that you can do while breaking in your motor is to vary the throttle input, this seems to prevent excess oil consumption later on. Basically try not to hold it at the same speed for more than a couple of minutes, like going down roads, etc. Also after riding for a while, take a break and let it cool down to avoid too much heatbuild up for the first while as per your manual. Other than that, your good to go, enjoy and have a great weekend!
James
 

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Hey Seatec welcome to the site. Hope you find plenty of hours of enjoyment on your new machine, Im sure you will I do..lol
 

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thanx guys. i have a feeling that the Griz and i will have a very harmonious partnership. lol
 

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It's quite in here. no trail tales from any of you?

I was wondering how i should tackle a stream crossing. my buddies has a stream though his property about 20 yards wide. its about knee deep and has a rocky sandy bottom. the streaam is moving a fair pace enough to get you a little of balance if you dont plant your foot firmly enough. ANy tips on how to do that?

PS. i tried to post a tread in the over the river..... section but it wont let me. I wanted to repot how my first riding adventure went with the Grizz.
 

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well Seatec maybe try posting it again and I hope it works. Not really sure why it did not let you, seems like I can get into that section ok.

Whatever it may be I am always wanting to here about riding stores.
 

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Well, Seatec I think I follow. Sounds like it's a pretty strong stream! Is the stream mearly a connection from one point of your trail to the next? Or can you follow it downstream to come out at a different location? Remember, there are very few obstacles that the grizzly can't traverse if you use your head and take a smart approach. Respond with a little more detail about the situation and I'm sure we can give you some tips. I'm with xtremegrizz on the riding stories... love to hear 'em!
 

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Seatec, crossing standing or slow moving knee depth water will give you no trouble, however you can expect to drift downstream as you cross if there is a good current. That just means you may not be climbing out right across from where you enter. As long as you can climb the opposite bank and get back out for a ways downstream you should be fine. I assume that your buddy has been across at this location, and can problably demonstrate if your a little apprehensive about that BRAND NEW GRIZZLY! It goes without saying to engage your 4WD, I have to admit about forgetting that little detail in the past, lol! Bluegrizz is right on the money about using your head and taking the right approach. Let us know how you made out.
 

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Hey seatec!

I don`t get to put my 2 cents everynight.But if I can and it might help someone then I do.I would watch about these kind of crossing`s because it could turn a fun ride into a disaster,could be for the wheeler or for yourself!

If and when you have to go through a creek like this,I would steer into the current a little and use moderation on the throttle,you will also have to keep a eye on the opposite bank that you will have to come out of the creek,so you don`t get washed down the creek to far below the trail that you have to get out of the water.

This kind of crossing did my brother-law in one day.We were riding on trails in the Ozark Mts just South West of Hot Springs,Ark.We came up on a creek like you are talking about.I went across 1St with the honda 250 sx three wheeler and came out the other side fine! I did not throttle to hard,just enough to keep the front end down and had to steer into the current to keep me headed toward the opposite bank.

My brother-inlaw had a 250 big red that the 9 inch wheels on it where mine had the 8 inch wheels.He actually had a lot more flotation that caused his front end to come-up to quickly when he got about middle of the creek and had givien it to much throttle.

Anyway he flipped over backwards and luckily the water was deep enough and the current strong enough that he was not pinned under the wheeler while it was up side down with him under it.The wheeler got washed off of him and was recovered about 300 yrds down stream.He lost his t-shirt and his pride all at the same time in that rushing water.Believe he was also a little closer to God after that.

I dragged the wheeler out because there was to much water in the oil and gas.If he had tried to crank it,the engine would have been ruined before we got back to our trucks.
 

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Wow, thanks for all the replies with tips on how to cross.
I figured that i would need to steer into the stream and kick it in 4wd. With the slippery rocks should i also use the Diff lock or not?
Anyway, my buddy has only crossed it while the water was much lower and not as fast. He also crossed with his "then" Z400. We both now have YFZ450's and want to cross but we wont even attempt it now with the YFZ's.

There is another crossing down stream which is quiter but the water level almost reaches the exhaust and that doesnt make me feel any better. i just dont know how much of a push i will get when the water start pushing againste the quad above the floor boards. Maybe i should get a long two rope and attache it to a tree with my buddy at the other end and cross the stream. I am definately going to film it when i do. THanks again Folx
 
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