; In 2006, when Yamaha introduced
the Grizzly 700 4X4 with electric
power steering (EPS), it changed the
way we rode ATVs. We discovered the
biggest featured asset was that you
could ride the machine in the roughest terrain using full front diff-lock and
avoid that annoying, jerky, handlebar
feedback. Plus, the rider wouldn’t get
as tired when riding through the
rough stuff. It also helped control feedback when you would hit obstacles on
the trail at higher speeds.
With the new feature, we have been
exploring nasty terrain that would
have been avoided before. Some of the
test loops we have built are so rough
you wouldn’t want to walk over them.
Riding this gnarly terrain has led us
to build an extreme rock crawling
Grizzly. This is the machine we now
use to push the limits of trail exploration ATV style.
Warn’s 2500-pound winch allowed us to
add many miles to a trail that we have
ridden for years. Now, we might have to
install winches on more quads to ride
here. With a good winch, a road block
for some might turn into great riding for
the more adventurous.
The brand new Voyager instrument
panel from Trail Tech incorporates a
speedo, odometer, engine temps, along
with a mapping GPS unit. The GPS portion also displays air temp, elevation
and much more.
To allow us to install the Trail Tech X
bars, we utilized a pair of 2-inch-tall
Rox Risers. They also converted the
stock, 7/8-inch perch into a 11/8-inch
“fat” handlebar perch.
Trail Tech’s latest LED lights are almost
as bright, and way easier to install than
the older HIDs. They don’t have a bal-
last you have to deal with and hardly
require any battery power from the
machine. YAMAHA FACTORY PARTS We started the build using a brand
new Special Edition Grizzly 700 4X4. It
has a cool white and grey painted body
for an extreme look. On this project, we
left the motor and suspension stock,
since high speeds were not a priority.
Starting under the machine, we
outfitted our project with a full set of
belly protecting skid plates from
Yamaha’s accessory catalog. The set
included a front bash plate ($115),
rear bash plate ($126), full center skid
($114), along with front ($137) and rear
($108) A-arm guards. Other parts from
the Yamaha catalog included over-
sized footpegs ($45) and a 2500-pound
Warn winch ($424).
The winch was neatly tucked away
and came to life when called upon. It
could easily lift the 600-plus pound
machine over anything that got in our
way. About the only thing we would
add to the setup is a remote switch, so
we could control the winch without
standing too close or on the quad.
Under the quad, the skid plates got
a workout. We scraped over downed
trees and stream beds full of boulders,
and never got hung up. One rear A-