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2009/07/27 00:47:41 (permalink)

2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4

Ok guys heres the deal,
   Im mostly a honda guy foremans are my thing.. my gf loves to ride, she likes my foreman.. but she doesent like/know when to shift gears, she said she'd prefer and automatic. So after looking into them I DO NOT like honda's "hondamatic". so next in line was Yamaha. Im looking into the yamaha kodiak 400 4x4 2000'ish model. All she'd be riding in is trails... and lite mud. So what im asking.. is are the kodiak's pretty good all around machines, do they hold up well? What are yall's thoughts.     
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    AlaskaGrizz
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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 02:02:39 (permalink)
    I got a 2004 Kody 400 -bulletproof- rear drum brakes is the only thing I ever have to work on.

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 11:42:39 (permalink)
    Thanks, Any one else have some input?

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 13:25:04 (permalink)
    Those Kodiaks are excellent atv's......my father in-law owns a 2001 model and I love it.
    They are also very reliable.
    I am not sure if its matter to you, but I prefer the earlier models of the 400cc Ultramatic....just because they had Low Range. You can use that machine for heavy work and towing if you ever needed it.
    After the 450 kodiak was released, Yamaha decided to remove the low range from the 400 model to increase sales of the similar designed, but more expensive (which means more profit) 450 model.

    If I was looking for a used 400ish model automatic atv, then the Kodiak is my first choice.

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 14:21:55 (permalink)
    The Kodiak is tough as nails.  Tougher than the 400/450 foremans, and that's saying a lot.  The brakes are better, and there's no issues w the u-joint or left rear axle seal.  Plus they have more power.

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 15:07:34 (permalink)
    Id go for a 00-03 Kodi 400 SRA WITH the low.  I think in 03 or 04 the 450 came out and they stopped putting low gear on the 400.

    I want one of those kodi's in the future but it MUST have a low range.  my 05 Kodi 400 without low was pathetic in any mud or hill situation.
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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 17:42:06 (permalink)
    I have an 03 450 and love it. My wife rides it. Alot of power but not over powering.

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 21:24:18 (permalink)
    I got a 2001 and 2002 kodiaks.They are easy to steer . Ride good.  Disk brakes are not that good.The pull rope starter get hot!!Enough power. The only bad thing there is no front def. lock.

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/27 23:10:23 (permalink)
    My first bike was a Kodiak 450. Its a great bike for a girl to start out on!
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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/30 00:13:00 (permalink)
    i have the 06 kodiak irs and it is the best bike i have ever rode light and easy to handle the dif lock is a plus but ive never had to use it and i ride in some muddy places the best thing though is the high/low range that ultramatic holds up the best.
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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/30 16:25:44 (permalink)
    Used to own a 01 kodiak 400.  Great bikes.  Those 400 yamaha engines will run forever if you keep them serviced.  GMCz71 made a good point about making sure if you buy a 400 that it has both high and low.  If you put 26 or 27 inch tires on them sometimes the 400 doesn't want to turn the tires good if your in thick mud.  Low range comes in handy.  However, the only downside is if your girl wants her bike snorkled.  Mine was a pain to snorkel.  At the time I couldn't find a kit that fit that bike so you'll have to make your own.

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/31 00:52:37 (permalink)
    what is the ultramatic, i found one thats in good cond for 1200,and i might buy it, SHould i?

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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/31 14:00:56 (permalink)
    Dawgriderdanny

    what is the ultramatic, i found one thats in good cond for 1200,and i might buy it, SHould i?


    "Ultramatic" is just Yamaha's way of saying "Automatic".
    The Ultramatic Kodiaks are belt driven, just like every other automatic (except Honda) on the market. The differences come in the design. Yamaha has the best and most reliable belt drive setup right now. Even Suzuki and some Arctic Cats use almost the same design, with the same reliability of the Yamaha's.
     
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    Re:2001 Yamaha Kodiak 4x4 2009/07/31 21:19:23 (permalink)
    Even thought I recently bought my Grizz 700, I still enjoy scootin around on the Kodiak every now and then! It just about will go anywhere any other ATV can go. The diff-lock really comes in handy!!

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