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Re: grizzly 660
in my opinion, the automatic transmission is much better than the manual. It is just as reliable as the manual and gives you more versatility. The belts nowdays hardly ever break unless they are really really abused, and if you really abuse a manual transmission you can break it too. A belt is probably better in that respect because with a grizzly, all you will possibly break is the belt, but on an automatic you can strip the gears and burn out the clutches and so on... A belt is about $25-$30, compare that to the cost of a manual transmission.
About the power, all these new big bore ATVs have massive power. I have a Polaris Sp.500 (which i highly recommend) and I have used it to free stuck trucks and tow enormous loads. Both the Yamaha Grizzly and Polaris Sportsman are exceptional machines, but i would have to recommend the Polaris Sportsman 600 or 700 over the Yamaha Grizzly. The Polaris Sportsman 600 has a v-twin engine, which is much smoother than a single cylinder engine. Also the Polaris comes with Goodyear Rawhide tires from the factory, which is a major advantage over the cheaper tires that come on most other 4 wheelers. The Goodyear Rawhides are serious mudding tires and great all around. Also Polaris has a lifetime belt warranty on their machines.
One advantage of the Yamaha Grizzly is that it has 3 4x4 modes: off, limited slip front, and fully locked front.
The Polaris Sportsman does have selectable 4x4 and it is fully locked front and rear.
I believe the Polarises do better in water than the yamahas.
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