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So I recently bought the 2018 Kodiak 450 EPS atv (yesterday) and someone mentioned I should join the forum.

Previously rode Honda, but the new Kodiak 450 caught my eye so now on with the mods and probably some stupid questions lol.

Anyways, glad to be part of the forum. Let me know what you guys think of the new quad from photos??
 

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Congrats on the new toy! She's a beauty.
 

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That looks like an awesome machine. I've never ridden a 450 but the size off it looks like it would be a blast to ride. Welcome to the forum.
 

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Hey...Kodiak450X..Welcome to GC from Wisconsin.
 

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Gee, I can't imagine why any also-Honda guy would recommend you join GC....

Glad to see you joined. I love my 2011, but really want to take one of the new 2018 450's for a test ride to feel the difference from FI, and the reduction in engine vibration from the new mounts. Power and clutching are supposedly the same, so you should be able to leverage from all past mods there.
 

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@Kodiak450X, welcome to GC from maine. That is a sweet machine, you will have a ball.
 

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Welcome from Colorado.
Add a coat of brown:)
 

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Welcome 2 GC.
 

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Welcome to GC. Congrats on the new machine!
 

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Thanks guys...

Only have about 2 miles on the quad for being so cold and too much snow here in New York.

Going to have a hard time limiting my thumb pressure for this initial break in period:grin2:
 

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Welcome! :gcrules:
 

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Welcome to GC from Tn and congrats on the new toy I love the color!
 

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Welcome from VA and congratulations on your new Kodiak. I agree with jvictory that the color looks great on the machine and I like the fact that the front resembles the older Grizzlies vs the new. It doesn't look like there is any protection on the A-Arms, not sure about the rest of the underside. I'd recommend looking for some skids if you ride in rocky terrain to protect the a-arms and frame from dents and dings. Welcome again.
 

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Going to have a hard time limiting my thumb pressure for this initial break in period:grin2:
Here's some food for thought for your break-in

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

I've more or less done the same thing on multiple brand new ATV's (including my Grizzly 450) and multiple race bikes. In 20 years I've never had an engine failure and have consistently had engines that had more power output than identical machines, with only discernable difference being how they were broke in. Saw it countless times on the racetrack too, with the bikes that were given this methodical and intentional break-in perform better and last longer. This is no where near saying to "beat on" your brand new engine.

Enjoy the new ride! And I agree with others, if you're going to be riding in rocky areas, add some front end protection.
 
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Here's some food for thought for your break-in

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

I've more or less done the same thing on multiple brand new ATV's (including my Grizzly 450) and multiple race bikes. In 20 years I've never had an engine failure and have consistently had engines that had more power output than identical machines, with only discernable difference being how they were broke in. Saw it countless times on the racetrack too, with the bikes that were given this methodical and intentional break-in perform better and last longer. This is no where near saying to "beat on" your brand new engine.

Enjoy the new ride! And I agree with others, if you're going to be riding in rocky areas, add some front end protection.
I totally agree about the break in for more power. I break in everything I get like this and have since the 80's. My machines have been noticably faster than most of the same machines broke in the other way. My brother often got and still sometimes do get them at the same time. Mine is always faster and just as reliable. I still haven't told him my secret. I just tell him I broke it in already. Hahaha. Seat them rings!

Get you a Yamaha glide plate for the rocks and you'll be all set. If you are riding mostly rocks...get some Yamaha aluminum a-arm guards.

And yeah...very nice looking quad!
 

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Yea there isn't much protection underneath the machine but I wont be doing too much rock climbing.

One thing I did notice is there is no protection for the CV boots... any recommendations on whats out there for protection?
 

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Yea there isn't much protection underneath the machine but I wont be doing too much rock climbing.



One thing I did notice is there is no protection for the CV boots... any recommendations on whats out there for protection?


I always liked Ricochet skids, personally.


-Opie
 
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