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Old 07-12-2018, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Polaris 450 HO vs Yamaha Kodiak 450

I had a 450 HO and it was an OK machine, should have kept it but needed the funds. Looking to get a new ATV for the lease and came across the yamaha kodiak 450. My polaris did leave me stranded once because of the fuel pump, so I am kind of gun shy on that one. Any one have any experience with the Kodiak 450?
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:25 PM   #2
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No experience with the kodiak 450 but yamaha 4 wheelers are awesome. I had a grizzly 450 for 5 years and never put it in the shop ot had any issues at all. My father in law now has had it for a year or more and only a battery change
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:57 PM   #3
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Yamahas are solid, dont have a 450 but have a 600 for over 15 years and not one single issue other than battery
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:29 PM   #4
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Yamaha are best made ( better than Honda imho). Polaris.... are far far far from it. Far... real far
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:04 PM   #5
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I had a Kodiak 450. I put it through hell. 25 gal Spray rig mounted on back, loaded it down with sacks of corn front and back, and drove it through lots of east Tx bottoms and clear cuts. Besides one belt, tires, and a battery that is pretty much all I ever did to it.

Was still running good when I sold it.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:09 PM   #6
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Im partial to Hondas but my neighbor has a Yamaha and that machine has been tortured and is a beast and never skips a beat
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:31 PM   #7
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I’ve had Honda’s and one Yamaha. The Honda’s were excellent, but the Yamaha was a notch above.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:57 PM   #8
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Yamaha are best made ( better than Honda imho). Polaris.... are far far far from it. Far... real far
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:13 PM   #9
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I have a Polaris and haven't had any problems other than being EXTREMELY cold natured with a finicky choke. Won't have another.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:21 PM   #10
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Coming from a mechanic go Yamaha
Polaris are great performance-wise just like Sea-Doo watercraft however for brute strength and reliability its Yamaha
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:06 AM   #11
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Get the yamaha. Bad to the bone machines. I have my son in laws hogslayer78 450 grizzly. It's bad *** never let him or me down. Had to change battery this past summer but that's all its ever had done. Lots of power
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:16 AM   #12
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I had a 2003 Big Bear 400 fro 15 years (recently sold it due to no lease) and it NEVER let me down. I had it in all weather conditions; from Texas Heat to Brutal Michigan Winters plowing snow. Yamaha ATVs are the way to go IMO.. I could take that thing anywhere and always felt confident that I could get where I was going and get back..
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:49 AM   #13
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Yamaha or Kawasaki is the only way to go; the BEST!!!
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:53 AM   #14
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Everything>Polaris
I own a Polaris Ranger. It will be my last Polaris product.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:18 PM   #15
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Everything>Polaris
I own a Polaris Ranger. It will be my last Polaris product.
I know that feeling.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:21 PM   #16
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No poolaris!
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:22 PM   #17
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The Honda’s and Kawasaki's I have owned were very dependable, good on fuel consumption, and low maintenance. The Yamahas just seemed to have a little more power when it came to similar sized machines. The Yamahas definitely consume fuel at a higher rate though.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:31 PM   #18
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Arctic Cats have served me well for over a decade.
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:37 PM   #19
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I had a 2003 Big Bear 400 fro 15 years (recently sold it due to no lease) and it NEVER let me down. I had it in all weather conditions; from Texas Heat to Brutal Michigan Winters plowing snow. Yamaha ATVs are the way to go IMO.. I could take that thing anywhere and always felt confident that I could get where I was going and get back..
I had a big bear 400 also. Best machine I have ever owned. It was small enough to get around great in the woods and had tons of power with that granny low gear.

I have owned a few Polaris machines, and only had issues with my first one, a 2 stroke. I'd buy another Polaris, but hat's off to the Yamaha's, especially if it's gonna see rough work.
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:48 PM   #20
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I have a Polaris 850. at almost 75 hp, that thing is a beast.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:10 PM   #21
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My 1999 Big Bear 400 is still going strong and have had zero issues with it.
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:33 PM   #22
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I had a 450 HO and it was an OK machine, should have kept it but needed the funds. Looking to get a new ATV for the lease and came across the yamaha kodiak 450. My polaris did leave me stranded once because of the fuel pump, so I am kind of gun shy on that one. Any one have any experience with the Kodiak 450?


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Old 08-09-2018, 04:31 AM   #23
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Had a little set back financially, well not really a set back. Want to get some bills paid off before purchasing something. When I am ready will be going with the Yamaha.
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:41 AM   #24
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Had a 400 Kodiak since brand new 02?. Never ever one problem with it. Over 550 hours on it. I work that machine hard and it always delivers.
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:38 AM   #25
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Polaris may be a fine machine, it's just I've never owned one so I really don't know but...I've owned Yamaha's, 2 different Grizzly's and several dirt bikes and I say it's hard to go wrong by purchasing a Yamaha ! They are some fine machines !!!
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