The Yamaha accessory catalog is full of
trick parts, like this thick aluminum rack
for the Grizzly. It makes for a good
handhold if you are guiding the quad
over a gnarly obstacle.
When we first tested the Grizzly 700
back in 2006, we complained that the
footpegs were not aggressive enough.
Yamaha sells a taller, sharp peg that
will fit most model Grizzlys.
Enduro Engineering, (517) 393-
HiPer, (877) GO-HIPER;
Pit Bull, (314) 621-8954;
Trail Tech, (360) 687-4530;
Warn, (800) 910-1122;
Yamaha, (800) 910-1122
to ride in, it does happen.
We had to do a little grinding on
the hand guard mounts to clear the
Grizzly rear brake cable. It only doubled the five-minute mounting time
on this product, and the extra effort
was well worth it. The strong aluminum guards saved our levers and
hands on countless get-offs so far.
GET HOME SAFELY
To finish off the project, we
installed a couple more products
from Trail Tech. First off is the brand
new Voyager instrument panel. At
$280, the product captures tons of
data, including speed, distance traveled, bearing, altitude, air and
engine temperatures, all while mapping your route like a standard
handheld GPS unit. The unit
clamped to the Trail Tech bars easily
and, as a bonus, we could keep our
stock speedo too. Look for a complete
product evaluation of this product in
a future issue.
Up on the bumper, we clamped on
a set of Trail Tech’s LED 35mm lights.
Wiring was simple since the Grizzly’s
battery is located just under the front
bodywork. These lights blew away
the stockers in distance and spread.
At only $125 each, we are still won-
dering why the manufacturers are
not including light packages like this
as stock equipment.
TOUGH TRAIL RIDE
Our project Grizzly handled the
trail better than expected. Early on in
our exploration, we winched the 600-
plus pound quad and its rider, Bill
Markel up a 15-foot-tall ledge without
fail. It led us to great new trails we
had never even seen before.
We then clawed over huge boulders,
through seat-deep water and never
missed a beat. Very seldom did we
even use all of the power that the 700
offers, so using a 550 platform would be
just as advisable. The only hiccup we
had is when the Grizzly started sputtering because our test rider forgot he had
the diff-lock engaged and tried to
speed down an open trail. After switching back to standard 4WD, he was off
having more fun.
If we keep adding components to this
beast, our list will include a Reversa
Roller ( www.reversaroller.com) and an
extra gas can from Moose Utility
Division ( www.mooseutilities.com).
Heck, we may even try to tow a Mig
Adventure Tent Trailer from Mig Trailers
( www.simplyruggedtrailers.com) and
turn our test into an overnighter, so stay
The heart of our rock crawler was a set
of Pit Bull Growler tires. They retail for
$120 for the 25. 5 8x12 (fronts) and $125
for the 25. 5 10x12 (rears). The Hiper
Racing wheels allowed us to run 4-5
pounds of air pressure. This setup was
super gooey and stuck our Grizzly to
anything we encountered.