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Best 450-550 class 4wd utility ATV
Honda Foreman 500 13%  13%  [ 1 ]
Polaris Sportsman 500 13%  13%  [ 1 ]
Polaris Sportsman 550 ('09) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Suzuki Kingquad 450 13%  13%  [ 1 ]
Suzuki Kingquad 500 ('09) 13%  13%  [ 1 ]
Yamaha Grizzly 450 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Yamaha Grizzly 550 ('09) 50%  50%  [ 4 ]
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:12 am 
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Which do you think is the best 450-550 class 4wd utility machine, and why?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:26 pm 
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Best for what uses?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:53 am 
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Whatever use the voter decides. That's why I asked "why", so the voter can explain if he/she so desires.

For me, it would be general trail riding, with a mix of Florida trails and Kentucky trails, with some mud thrown in. I also want the voter to think about overall reliability and durability.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:19 am 
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Difficult to select one, since personal experience is lacking with either the KQs or the Grizzs, in the new sizes. Personal experience leaves out the PoPos of any size, and leaves a :?: for the Grizzlies. Trail riding dictates the use of IRS, which leaves out the Foreman. So the choice are KQ 450 and 500. The 500 is brand new and sure to have bugs (same can be said of the Grizz 550), so that leaves us with the KQ 450. :mrgreen:

I am wondering why 'Zuki went to a 500 on the new KQ, and not a 550 or 600. The difference has to be minor between the 450 and the 500 in the power department. Why put out two quads so close in cc, unless pricing will be comparable on the new 500, and the 450 is to be phased out?

BTW, see this thread: http://forums.atvsource.com/viewtopic.php?f=146&t=56102


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:50 pm 
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Someone on Nyroc said that the Vinson and the KQ500 have the same 493cc displacement, which suggests that they just used a Vinson drivetrain modified for IRS use. If so, there is less chance of new model issues.

My guess for them keeping the KQ450 is so there would be a cheaper alternative for those that don't want to spend the extra cash for the 500. And if the KQ500 compares powerwise to the 550s like the KQ450 competes with the 500s, the KQ500 should have no problem comparing against the 550s.

Also, I looked at the Polaris Sportsman 550 a few days ago. I didn't ride one (although I was offered the chance to), but compared to the old 500, it appears to be much improved. Sitting on the 500 and 550 and rocking them sideways, the 550 barely rocked sideways at all while the 500 rocked quite a bit. So it appears that the 550 will be more stable in turns and on sidehills.

However, the Sportsman 550 is advertised as being 99% different than the 500, so I would worry about problems with the 550 way more than the KQ500 and Grizzly 550.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:21 am 
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i wouldn't worry about new model reliability with the Grizz 550. it is a 700 with a slightly smaller bore and stroke. the 700 has proved to be a great all around machine and i'm sure the 550 will do the same!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:30 am 
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I agree. If anything, the Grizzly 550 may have fewer problems than the 700, simply because they used the same drive train, yet the 550 has less torque than the 700 to break stuff with.

In a recent Dirt Wheels magazine test, the Grizzly 550 won a comparison test, despite how redesigned the almighty Polaris is. That says a lot about how well the existing Grizzly design works.


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 11:44 am 
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I am amazed that some consider a Honda Foreman a bad trail machine because of the SRA. I had an 02 Polaris Sportsman with IRS and changed to a 07 Foreman with SRA and it wasn't bad at all. The foreman handles great in the trails. I understand why IRS is more desireable, but the Foreman with its SRA works great on the trails. Plus, the Foreman has Power steering, electric shift and great reliability.(Proven reliability that is consistent)


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 5:24 pm 
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I rode SRA exclusively on the trails until I got the Rincon. I will never go back. Comfort alone makes it worth it.


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