I was recently offered a used 54 inch Tric plow, which is sold as a genuine Yamaha accessory. I looked at it online and the only machine that it does not seem to be compatible with is my exact machine, a 2015 Grizzly 700.
Does anyone know why it would not be compatible? What is different about that model year? Is there any way I can make it work?
The price on this plow and mounting accessories is too sweet to pass up, so I'm very interested in finding a way to make it work.
If any of you know of a way to make it work without having to get into custom fabrication or anything like that, I'd love to hear from you. I also want to make sure it won't wreck anything on my machine.
I tried to include the link to the Yamaha website. If you scroll through the list of compatible machines, the only ones missing are the 2015s. I'm perplexed.
So after a few hours just trying to get this damn thing off my buddy's old bike, I was finally able to try and make it fit on mine.
I had spoken to two shops in my city, both said that they were unaware of a solution (aside from custom fabricating a mount) as the Tric mounts were no longer available. I also emailed Yamaha Canada and their reply was "yes the blade is compatible, but the mounts are no longer made" (in other words, no it will not work)
Sure enough, when I lined it up on my front end I found that it was close, but not close enough. I could probably make it work, however it would not have the strength and support required to push the large amounts and drift snow we get in the prairies. I was also told that front mounts are vulnerable to bending and flexing. This would be a major problem if I tried to rig it on my bike, seeing as how the fit was so tight, any flexing or bending may have impacted the control arms. A free/cheap plow is great, but not if it causes damage to my bike.
Oh well, back to the drawing board, or snowblower in this case.
Thanks to all who offered advice.
Thanks to Les at Wildewood Sports and Shawn at Winnipeg Sport and Leisure for answering my million questions.