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Grizz 450 vs. Kodiak 450

So, we started off with a used, 2006 Kodiak 450i. It is a great machine, and has never let us down. Then, I bought my wife a new Grizzly 450 EPS for Christmas. Over the past couple of days, my wife, and my 2 daughters took turns riding the 2 machines, back to back. Their observations were interesting. They all felt that the Grizzly 450 was much smaller, and much lighter. Of course, they all preferred the EPS of the Grizzly, but they did not mind riding the Kodiak at all.
To me, the Grizzly does feel significantly lighter, and I can not tell if that is just because of the EPS system, or if it actually weighs that much less. The perception of smaller physical size, may be because the Kodiak has 1.5" wheel spacers and Bighorns. Other than those 2 items, the machines feel almost identical to me.
They are both great machines, but the EPS is priceless.

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Yep I would say the spacers and horns makes it feel bigger..I agree with the PS Rode my cousins 2012 Brute Force today..with 2.0 26" horns on it felt like magic carpet ride..Turns with my pinky!!

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They are almost identical machines, they only differences are gonna be those that they have changed through the year models. The ps, rear diff, plastics, and I believe the new ones don't have the two peice frame. Put the spacers and wheels on the new one and see what the difference is then.

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One thing that I discovered today, is that the front shocks are much different between the two models. the front shocks on the Kodiak are 14.38" long, eye to eye, and the Grizzly's front shocks are only 13.5" long. In my quest for better suspension, this makes a tremendous difference. I will soon be buying some new shocks, and I was hoping to be able to use them on either machine. Now, that is definitely not going to be possible without risking CV joint and steering linkage issues on the Grizzly, or loss of travel/height on the Kodiak.
The rear shocks on both machines are the same length - 14.75".

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One thing that I discovered today, is that the front shocks are much different between the two models. the front shocks on the Kodiak are 14.38" long, eye to eye, and the Grizzly's front shocks are only 13.5" long. In my quest for better suspension, this makes a tremendous difference. I will soon be buying some new shocks, and I was hoping to be able to use them on either machine. Now, that is definitely not going to be possible without risking CV joint and steering linkage issues on the Grizzly, or loss of travel/height on the Kodiak.
The rear shocks on both machines are the same length - 14.75".
Humm, Thats strange..Wonder if this is due to the Adjustable vs non adjustable shock ..My grizz looks level when adjusted the same..

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I will be looking closer at it, but it appears that there are some significant geometrical changes. Maybe the upper shock mount is in a different location, or the upper a-arm is different, or both, but something is very different there.

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I believe they had to change the mount locations due to the eps.

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I believe they had to change the mount locations due to the eps.
oh yea eps...cool

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I seem to remember the video reviews on youtube claiming the grizzly 450 weighed less then the kodiak 450 but that's just off memory...

I have both and I'd say the kodiak is a tiny bit larger, heavier, and it not having the IRS, tippier, but with new wheels, tires, and spacers I'm sure your kodiak rides like a dream.
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They should be the same machine , is not the Kodiak just the Canadian name as in Canada there is no 450 Grizzly .
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