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2009 700 vs 2019 700

I have three 2009 Grizzlies. I ride a 700, the other two are 550 for wife and son. My wife and i were looking at the 2019 Grizzlies over the weekend at the dealer open house. My wife started in with you ride the most and if anyone should buy a new atv it should be you.
My 700 has 10,000 miles on it, and no issues other than cv joints, brakes, and wheel bearings. Always used Mobil 1 oil and it burns no oil. I have Elka shocks on it and 26 Big horns. I can not picture anything riding smoother.
My question is, what am I going to gain with a 2019 700, wait for a 2020 or stay where i am at? I looked at the SE, I would think I would want to move my tires and elkas.


In the back of my mind i am wondering about a can am, kind of like thinking about the neighbor lady when she is out getting the mail!


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I've hopped on a '16 for a quick rip and also a '17 to position it around. I can tell you the first thing that comes to mind is a much better EPS. Granted I'm mostly comparing my '07 but also had a quick rip on a '10 to know the newer EPS is A LOT better. Secondly, the newer chassis feels better planted, probably similar to a '14 but I don't believe I've been on a '14 or '15 to know that for sure. Just feels more planted even though I have my wheels pushed out an inch each side with spacers. Not expecting the spacers to make mine comparable as far as feeling planted, and I can tell you it isn't.

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Your Elka's on the 2009 wont fit on the 2019. They redesigned the suspension in 2014 and then again in 2016.
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buy her the new bike, she will appreciate the better suspension. I know my wife did, she got a new '15

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Run what cha got till it's no longer economically prudent to keep it going.

I.E. unless you have a major failure, no need to upgrade. New is always nice but you're not gonna realize an earth shattering anything by upgrading.

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The newer machines have a bit lower gearing for snappier response. The wider arms provide more stability. Updated ball joints for increased strength.

I updated my 07 to the 18 arms for the wider stance. No loss in nimbility and rides much better.
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I personally have not found the new improvements enough to justify the cost to upgrade.... the Elkas not working with new Grizz is also a big deal if you plan on getting them for the new one. If you kept the original shocks I would put them back on and sell the Elkas separately to get more money. I haven't rode a 19 so my opinion is based off paper comparison , might change my mind if I rode one.
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Loudelectrinics: when you changed the arms did you use the same shocks? Did it take the same length? Why not use spacers or off set wheels to get the wider stance?
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The newer machines have a bit lower gearing for snappier response. The wider arms provide more stability. Updated ball joints for increased strength.



I updated my 07 to the 18 arms for the wider stance. No loss in nimbility and rides much better.


Would of nearly been cheaper to just trade up to a 16, 17 or 18 wouldnít it, by the time you replaced all 8 A arms, 2 tie rods, 4 shock absorbers and springs and 4 axles/cv's and at the end of the day you still only got a 07, benefits of the latter would also have been improved eps, better seat, under seat fuel tank, more storage options, 708 engine with improved Fi, and probably less miles but I guess the + is you still have your well loved 07
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I have three 2009 Grizzlies. I ride a 700, the other two are 550 for wife and son. My wife and i were looking at the 2019 Grizzlies over the weekend at the dealer open house. My wife started in with you ride the most and if anyone should buy a new atv it should be you.
My 700 has 10,000 miles on it, and no issues other than cv joints, brakes, and wheel bearings. Always used Mobil 1 oil and it burns no oil. I have Elka shocks on it and 26 Big horns. I can not picture anything riding smoother.
My question is, what am I going to gain with a 2019 700, wait for a 2020 or stay where i am at? I looked at the SE, I would think I would want to move my tires and elkas.


In the back of my mind i am wondering about a can am, kind of like thinking about the neighbor lady when she is out getting the mail!


thank you for your thoughts!


if you donít mind break downs while out riding with your buddies and doing a bit of maintenance eg. belts, brakes, head gaskets, electrical, did I mention belts, I think the word for that is (high maintenance) then go the neighbor lady, Iím sure there must be a benefit there somewhere, is she hot? Only a benefit if you like showing her off but probably comes undone when you want her to get dirty (guarantee she wonít like that) or cook dinner. Just saying!

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The newer machines have a bit lower gearing for snappier response. The wider arms provide more stability. Updated ball joints for increased strength.

I updated my 07 to the 18 arms for the wider stance. No loss in nimbility and rides much better.

Ooh.... other than the arms, is there anything else needed for this? And does it provide more benefit than, say, wider offset wheels?
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Ooh.... other than the arms, is there anything else needed for this? And does it provide more benefit than, say, wider offset wheels?


Yeah as stated in previous post, longer a arms means longer axles, longer steering tye rods, longer shocks, havenít seen how much thread their is on the tie rods, if thereís plenty spare thread then might be able to get away without changing them though I doubt it yeah and the advantage of the longer a arms is the extra suspension travel from the longer a arms and shocks though probably wouldnít notice it unless in extreme circumstances
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If you can find a leftover 18, THAT would be an upgrade. And it should be at a hell of a deal.
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If you want your Grizzly faster AND a better ride put on a set of Elka shocks. I already had 26x12 and 26x9 OG big horns which also improve ride and speed/handling.
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I had a 2009 550 and a 2016 Grizzly 700. Personally, if I were purchasing a new ATV, I would pick up a Kodiak. The new Grizzly felt big to me. My 2009 felt like a sport 4x4 and my 2016 felt like a utility quad.

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