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David Maddox
12-03-2008, 09:59 PM
I know that the 4 wheeler comparisons have already been kicked around, but I am down to a decision of choosing between the Yamaha Grizzly 450 4x4 and the Rancher 450 4x4. One of the only major differences as far as the specs goes is the Honda is fuel injected and the Yamaha is carburated. What do you guys think?

Shannon M Calvert
12-03-2008, 10:43 PM
Honda
I've had both and Honda is MUCH better, IMO.

Fowl Play WA
12-04-2008, 10:36 AM
My dad has the Grizzly, we have a Yamaha Brute Force 650. I like the size of the Grizz better, but the ind. suspension and steering of the Yamaha better. Don't have a Honda to help you with that one.

David Maddox
12-04-2008, 10:55 AM
Honda now has the rear independent suspension (IRS)

Golddogs
12-04-2008, 11:07 AM
I know that the 4 wheeler comparisons have already been kicked around, but I am down to a decision of choosing between the Yamaha Grizzly 450 4x4 and the Rancher 450 4x4. One of the only major differences as far as the specs goes is the Honda is fuel injected and the Yamaha is carburated. What do you guys think?

Suzuki 450. Otherwise go Honda only because of the FI. Warm or cold it will start everytime and run well.

I mention Suzuki because I have a 700 and love it for the FI and it's weight. Lightest in it's class ans very dependable.

TroyFeeken
12-04-2008, 01:46 PM
CanAm 650!

Steve Hester
12-05-2008, 08:17 PM
If you can't have a Polaris, then the Honda is the second best.

Bob Gutermuth
12-08-2008, 08:11 PM
None of the others can hold a candle to a Honda for reliability.

Jason E.
12-09-2008, 08:45 PM
Honda is # 1

Frenchy
12-09-2008, 10:17 PM
of the two......HONDA!

Steve Amrein
12-10-2008, 08:29 AM
Both are good choices although Yamaha has the all new 500 griz with FI and power stering. I would be more inclined to go with the dealer that is close and has the best service.

We have 3 Yamaha ATV's and the oldest a 99 400 kodiak has had oil chages 1 spark plug and 1 battery. It always starts and gets the most abuse. It is our work and duck hunting vehicle. About 5 years ago we went out in the slush and it iced up with the kodiak frozen in about 12 inches of water. After a week we went out with sledge hammers and broke the ice and it started and drug 2 others back.

I think with proper care they are all pretty good you may look at resale value as well.

lablover
12-11-2008, 10:25 AM
Honda! Very reliable.

Don't forget that resale value on the Honda machines is much higher than the others.

David Maddox
12-11-2008, 01:18 PM
I'm now considering the Kubota RTV500. A utility vehicle.

Richard Halstead
12-15-2008, 10:20 PM
I had the yamaha grizzly but sold it for the Kawasaki mule when i started to lose strength. All I can say is 'Yah Mule"

David Maddox
12-31-2008, 07:46 PM
After TONS of research and lots of great advice, I decided on the Yamaha Grizzly 550 4x4 w/ power steering.

Thanks to all of you for all of the advice.

mtgreenheads
01-07-2009, 06:38 PM
I do find it interesting that we've in been in native villages in the Alaskan bush, Honda 350s with manual shift are the only machines you will see. For folks who's livelihood and possibly life may depend on a machine, its the simple, no frills hondas that get the nod.