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grizzly 550eps vs kingquad 500axi

I would like to update my present grizzly 350 4x4 to one with independent suspension, efi, and power steering. I will admit I am biased toward Yamaha, as my little 350 has served me well.
I have reviewed many reviews on the grizzly 550 eps and they all seem favorable. However, Yamaha has a rather steep price on these machines in comparison to the Suzuki Kingquad 500axi. The 500axi reviews indicate that it is extremely comfortable, reliable, and has a stellar tranny and engine. Suzuki has apparently worked out the "twitchyness" of the steering on the 500axi. It is significantly cheaper than the Yamaha.
The Kingquad has a little less power, but I plan on trail rides and using the quad for a little work on my property.
So those of you with any experience with those machines, or knowledge of such - I should would appreciate your input about which machine might be the most value for the money.
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You can't go wrong with either bike. Three friends each have a Suzuki 700 so I've ridden and compared them with my Grizzly 700. I prefer the Grizzly and paid $500 more for it. All of these bikes have 1,000 plus miles without problems.

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Do yourself a favor get the yamaha. You will not be disappointed.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-17-2010, 11:58 PM
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My bro rides a Suzuki 500. Not a bad machine. His is a 05 and it has a solid rear axle. It is also not efi. No lockers. He had 6k miles on it, runs fine. My old Yamaha has close to 8k miles on it.
Yamaha is a better 4x4 machine. Quality is great. IRS.

What are your application needs for the machine?

If you don't mind, what is price on a 500axi?

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Besides being the better bike, don't forget, theres a lot more you get with the Yamaha than meets the eye.

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Few more spec's for you to consider. Going off MSRP, the Yamaha is $500 more from what I saw, but thats not your out the door, you can get them much better deals. Mine was out of the crate for 1200 less than MSRP from a dealer - not 1 fee, just tax.

Suzuki vs Yamaha side by side
493cc vs 558cc
2 disc and sealed oil bath rear brake vs 4 disc on the Yamaha
The Suzuki is 1'' wider in wheelbase and general width
The Suzuki is about 3'' longer
The Suzuki is just over 2'' higher
Suzuki is 60lbs heavier at 661 lbs. (Suzuki dry is 661, Yamaha wet is 648). Suzuki is over 700 easy with fluids. That is a heavy machine for 493cc.
Suzuki is 6.7 travel in front, 7.7 rear, 11' of ground clearance
Yamaha is 7.1 and 9.5 travel, and 11.8 ground clearance and its adjustable 5 ways, Suzuki is not.

Yamaha hold almost a gallon more of gas. Suzuki being a heavier machine might burn more gas and it holds less, so consider that or bring gas with you.

Overall, the Suzuki is a larger, heavier machine with less power, travel, and clearance.

Also remember the design of a Grizzly, fuel tank is centrally located under the seat, so its more stable, lighter, and still has more clearance everywhere...That is HUGE with ATV's. Imagine on a trail which machine is more user friendly and safe.

Lastly, from what I read is the fuel light and such on a Grizzly is digital with a warning light, on a Suzuki, its a little gauge. (not that accurate).

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Last fall I traveled that same road trying to decide tween the zook & Grizz. The zook sure felt good, smooth and comfortable. No brand loyalty as my past experiences are mostly with an older Vinson and an even older Big bear.
Loved that Vinson, wished they still made it. The Big bear is still one of the most capable machines I've ever ridden.
Back to the 500 vs 550, the Grizz seemed to have a little more snap than the king, Zook felt like the suspension wanted to roll under on hard cornering, liked the smaller-lighter feel of the Grizz, Sealed rear brake on king sure seems like a good idea but it sure is mushy, Grizz brakes bring things too a quick stop with just finger tips, looking over the small details switches, controls, levers, connectors, and so on, the Grizz just seemed to be of better build quality.
Oh and aftermarket support of the Grizz is far better.
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