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Hi all, I'm new here and looking for some info on ATV's. I consider myself fairly knowledgable when it comes to sleds, and bikes, but know nothing about ATV's and what key features belong to which manufacturer, both good and bad. I'm looking for a straight up reply, to help me make a more informed decision. I know brand loyalty will play a huge part in this discussion, however, I'm hoping the fan boys will be honest too. I myself am a Yamaha guy, owning yamaha sleds and bike's, but not exclusively. I'm looking to buy a utility type rig.
I will mostly be riding mud, and logging road trails. I like my Grizzly's, but just because I'm a Yamaha guy, and reliability is my number 1, before capability. So having said that, I'm also interested in the Brute, and the cat ATV's. I'd like to stay away from Polaris because I've never know a Polaris that didn't break regularly, but like I said, I'm a sledder. Maybe their ATV's are better. I'm looking between 2005 to present models. Again, if someone could just give me a quick rundown of why one is better, or worse than the other, it would help tremendously.
Thanks in advance.
 

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I believe you would be very satisfied with a 700 Yamaha Grizzly.
My buddy has one and loves it. He is hard on his equipment and the Grizz comes back for more. Awesome quad.
Also look at the Honda models. Footshift only. They have troublesom auto and electric shift. Some people never have issues with them and some people do not. I would never buy a Electic shift honda or a full auto. I am a Honda guy. If I was gonna get a new utility model today it would be a 700 Grizzly
 

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Awesome. Thanks for the advice. How are the 660's? I know they don't have eps, but how does that really effect things in real word riding?
 

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brand loyalty is fine if you pick the right brand, and Yamaha is just fine in that regard. A Grizzly 700 would be a fine choice...shaft drive, rear IRS, differential lock, disc brakes front and rear, power steering, and 700ccs of fuel-injected fury. Would have bought one myself, but I needed a 2-up to bring my gf along, so the AC TRV was the best choice for me out of the 2-ups available in 2009.
 

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I think I can help...(oops, didn't realize this was decades ago...)
When I purchased my Grizzly 700 EPS in 2012, I checked for certain specs, reliability and cost of common repairs of the competing brands available at the time. This is why I chose a Grizzly...
  • Has a tighter turning radius - important to me on my tree-filled property where I would be using the Grizzly mainly for its intended purpose, utility.
  • It was the lightest. If I ever rolled it, which I have, it wouldn't be as difficult to right. Mind you, I had no thoughts that I would roll it on flat ground. My property is also sloped, quite heavily in places and, yes, this is where I rolled. It came to rest on a tree, on a slope, upside down...I had to roll it uphill. The other weight consideration is when riding in a spirited fashion I'd rather not have an additional 50-100lbs of hard-fastened passenger...let alone the thought of that thing steamrolling me should I fly off the highside.
  • The Grizzly's drive belt is always under tension which means it's always turning, which means it's almost always dry and further means that there will virtually never be flat spots on the belt from idling, slipping or burning up, dry or wet.
  • It's 2021, I've never so much as replaced a belt or anything else for that matter, let alone gave it a thought. How much does a belt cost and are you gonna do the labor yourself or...?
  • It's a BEAST! I got high centered on a pile of deadfall. Rocking back-n-forth with judicious applications of throttle didn't get me un-stuck. It didn't matter if I was locked diff 4x4 or not, it was not going to extricate itself with the measured amounts of adequate throttle I was using. In a Hail Mary final attempt, I rocked back and munched the throttle. This thing launched like a bucking bronco out of the gate, totally clearing the huge pile of tree limbs that had ensnared it. This happened in the early days of ownership and I was truly impressed. Respect. I've used it to haul trees, plow my driveway in winter and, with an installed winch, uproot stumps. It hauls a 1250lbs capacity dump trailer that gets occasionally overloaded when I haul rocks. It has never so much as coughed or hiccuped. When it came to reaching its working limitations, I bought a Jeep. Its first aftermarket winch bumper got ripped off (welds failed) trying to winch what the Grizzly couldn't winch either. :D

Nine years later, maybe the competition has caught on and remedied their, imo, shortcomings. If so, what will become of an example of one of those brands nine years later, after ridiculously arduous year-round personal use? Will it still be just gas, oil and filters?

PS: The EPS (Electronic Power Steering) is shiz-giggity. I can one-hand it in just about any terrain.
 
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