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So... what are your likes and dislikes about your Grizzly?

Here are some of mine...

Likes:

- Great power
- Cushy ride
- Excellent rock-crawling abilities
- Looks very cool

Dislikes:

- Fuel boiling STILL continues despite lots of attempts to fix it
- Stock shocks are crap
- Difficult to get to carb and valves


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I haven't had mine long enough to acrew many dislikes. But, my main complaint is this **** bumper! I know they are trying to keep it light and all, but, c'mon there has to be a better solution than this. Oh, well. I've experenced some annoyances, such as: When stopped on a hill, if I shut off the engine for a break, sometimes it's real tough to get out of gear and into park or neutral to restart... better to put it in park or neutral before shutting off. My 4x4/diff lock features sometimes stay engaged even after releasing the switch(s) for way too long... sometimes I have to shift from forward to reverse and back again, that sucks.
"Likes" list could be a mile long if I pleased. Mainly the capability, though. They go flat out anywhere you point the front wheels. Great clearence, full skid plates, (not quite the most durable material, plastic, but, before you complain: look under a rincon! Be careful rock crawling with one of these!) Cushy suspension soaks up the rocks well, great low end power, sharp looks, pretty flexable for independant suspension once swaybar is removed, (thanks Rob!) very durable, (I've had sticks and logs jammed into the body tub behind the front tires so hard, the quad was nearly being held off the ground!) Seeing this is pretty scary... the plastic becomes so deformed, begins separating from places nowhere near the obsticle, and just genarally looks awful, but, always just goes right back together once removed from the stuck. Great machine!!! later!
 

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Well I have also had not much ridding time too really compare but as of now.

Likes

looks..nice ride...power

Dislikes

Not really any yet.

BTW I am currently working on a heaver duty front bumper if anyone would be interested, pics to come as bumper does, soon.

Middle of June leave for MO for some ridding and rock crawling, can't wait, after that I will be able to tell you more on the like and dislikes. As of now I haave still not had to even put it into 4x4.
 

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Lemme see the bumper when you finish it! I would buy one from you for sure! Where in MO are you going? later
 

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Rob G, you mentioned the fuel boiling problem in an earlier post, did you ever look into the heat kit available from Yamaha? They have come out and acknowledged a problem with earlier machines, I suspect that the other parts in this kit, including the fuel line and fuel tank insulation shields are just as important, if not more, than the vented side panels. As far as likes and dislikes, with only 620 km on my grizz, I'm still pretty impressed with this machine. The power and handling, not to mention the looks are all excellent, I like the start in gear feature too. No real dislikes yet, it would be nice if there was easier access to the rad, like a hinged or removeable front grill for cleaning. I love the look of the stock bumper, but I too wish that it was made of thicker tubing, I'd be afraid to actually push or nudge anything with it. As far as bumpers go it would be nice if Yamaha had put a decent one on the back. The stock skid plate while providing full coverage, is pretty light duty as well. I guess 600 lbs dry makes for an impressive power to weight ratio for this class of machine, but those are a few items which I feel could have been built a little better. All in all, still a great ride, and can't see trading it for any other current four wheeler out there!
 

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BlueGrizz, regarding shifting while stopped on a hill, I was just curious as to wether you start it in gear or not, you mention having to shift to park or neutral to restart. You may or may not be aware, but you can leave it in high or low range, even reverse for that matter, and as long as you squeeze the rear brake lever, she will fire right up without having to shift to park or neutral. It's a real convenience, however park is still your safest bet, it comes down to how steep the hill is I guess, lol.
 

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Bluegrizz

Heading down to Ozark, MO to the Chadwick ATV area June 18. Will definately get some pictures of the bumper when done.

Mike
 

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Actually, James, no I can't! For whatever reason, (I did not realize they were supposed to) mine does not! I will be a man and admit that when I first read your reply, I thought.... "I know I've tried that!" but, was so unsure, and thinking maybe I was just an idiot, I actually went out to the garage just now and tried it. No success. I tried in all the gears, all brake lever combintions and, all brake levers seperately. Once I row through the gears and hit park or neutral, it cranks right over. My Rincon would start in gear by holding the front brake, so for this reason I was almost certain I had tried that. Maybe the dealer failed to install a component that makes this happen? Who knows? Thanks though.
 

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You have to REALLY squeeze the rear brake lever to make it happen. The switch may be out of adjustment.

As for the heat kit, I have one on order. There are a few shields in it that might help. I've already done the rest of what's in it on my own.

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Wow, thats kind of odd Bluegrizz, too bad because as you know having had it on your Rincon, it's pretty handy. That has me wondering if other guy's machines start in gear. Maybe some of the other people reading this could reply as to whether or not their Grizzly's will start in gear. This might turn out to be a question for your dealer. I had known about that feature because a friend told me about it on his Grizz 600, I don't recall if my dealer told me about it or not when I bought my 660, but it definitely works on mine. One way or another it problably would not be difficult to modify yours if you wanted to.
 

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My positive list would be too long, but I've only come across 2 negatives, My belt drive catching on fire and my headlamps melting there own solder and falling out. (which is now I believe corrected with a solid bead of solder around the base) other than that, I love it.
 

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rob G,have you ever riden your bike with the reserve on?Try that and see if you
have a fuel boiling problem.
 

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I like almost everyting abouot the Grizz.
However, the bumper might as well not be there because i bent the **** out of it already by tappng a tree. I cant seem to start i gear by only stomping the rear brake with my fooot. i have to use the lever to allow for a start in gear. i guess i will have to check the sensor position and djust it a little bit. Other than that. awesome.
 

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I also have too many positives to list. The negatives are short. I added a Warn bumper to eliminate that problem. However, I still think the Grizz has a problem with getting rid of heat and the fenders are so wide I might as well saw them off. I ride on trails cut for 200 to 400's and the Grizz is so wide it barely squeezes between trees. When I took it in for the first service, they asked me what year it was. I would have liked the extra two or three inches sticking out on both sides to have been rubber so that it could give when needed. Other than that, I think its awesome.
 

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Btw... dumb ol' me on the start-in-gear feature. I just have to really pull on it to make it work... as long as the brake lever is touching the grip, it will start in gear. Thanks everyone for letting me know something I should have in the first place! later.
 

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I will say this about my grizzly. I absolutely love it, and my only dislikes is when riding at night and I give it alot of throttle, the lights point up in the trees! LOL
 

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Yeah it has a tindency to want to go coon hunting when you gas on it! Just remember to switch to low beams to see the road.
 
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