PROJECT MACHINE: A BETTER-HANDLING YAMAHA GRIZZLY
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Utility quads are used for a lot more than hard work around the ranch. Modern 4x4s easily surpass the power and suspension performance of the sport quads of the past but with superior ground clearance, and many feature four-wheel independent suspension. Those traits make them great machines for traversing trails in the mountains or climbing through rocks and river beds. But, like most off-road machinery, they could use improvements to make the ride nicer. For this project we chose a 2016 Yamaha Grizzly 700. Our aim was to allow the machine to ride more comfortably so the rider could stay out on the trail longer while riding with greater control and safety.
When it comes to grip, DWT’s Moapa tires work well in rocks and just about any other terrain you ride them through. The beadlock rims are their Stealth-Lok wheels with orange rings.
The most noticeable change we noticed while piloting the improved Grizzly was the wheels and tires. The tires grip very well over rocks, through mud and even sand; however, the heavier 14-inch beadlock wheels with six-ply tires add a lot of weight to the machine, and you can feel it in the acceleration and handling. A 12-inch wheel would have suited the Grizzly a bit better in the handling department by weighing less.
The power increase with the HMF exhaust and power programmer is a nice touch for this project. We didn’t need a whole lot more power, and… FOR THE FULL STORY GO TO DIRT WHEELS MAG
DWT 14-inch Stealth-Lok w/ Orange Beadlock Rings: $198.95 each
DWT 26x9x14 Moapa Tires: $129.95 each
ROX SPEED FX
MX Handguard Kit: $59.95
Grizzly Combo Kit: $169.95
Universal ATV Footpegs: $89.95
Stage 4 Shocks: $999.99 pair
Grizzly 700 Front Bash Plate: $124.99
Frame Skid: $133.95
Rear Bash Plate: $105.95
Front A-arm Skids: $145.95
Rear A-arm Skids: $140.95
Yamaha Pro Vantage 2500-lb. Warn Winch: $359.99
Yamaha Warn Winch Mount: $114.99
TORC 1 RACING
Lock-on Grips: $24.99
Exhaust System with Custom Orange Performance Series: $299.95
Power Programmer Gen 3.5 Optimizer: $269.95
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