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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/02/18 15:51:56 (permalink)
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I know they said new front swing arms. but does that mean they fixed the front upper arm bushings?                                       To me, my brute steers good enough, that I dont need eps.       Like the guy above me said, is the eps an option?

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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/05/28 22:08:04 (permalink)

Just bought it friday here u go boys 2012 750i eps 30inch silverbacks 4 inch lift not snorkled or pipe yet or anything else ive only rode it around the neighborhood so far ill let u know after this weekend but so far it rides pretty good and has enough power. looks better with the tires and rims and lift but i agree its fugly just stock hope i dont catch to much he*& about it but i would like to know what yall think.
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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/05/28 22:15:45 (permalink)
Looks nice, headlights kids remind me of a grizzly

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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/05/28 22:23:37 (permalink)
yea i agree they arent the best thing about the bike the are kinda small kinda looks like two eyeballs
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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/05/28 23:52:44 (permalink)
 
How something looks is subject to perception, and that varies from person to person. Regardless of what you think of the looks, to me it looks better in person than in pictures. And like often happens with new designs, be it a car, truck, ATV, or motorcycle, a new design tends to look better after it has been out a while.
 
But the improvements to the Brute for 2012 is reality, not perception, and the improvements seem to address almost every weakness of the Brute, in addition to being faster and having EPS. So that's what I'm looking at.
 
To me what gets me from point A to point B more reliably and more effectively and with fewer repairs and less maintenance is more important than looks, and it appears the 2012 Brute has accomplished that.
 
So don't get so caught up in looks that you just totally ignore what appears to be the most improved utility ATV for 2012.
 
The only improvement not made that I think should have been made is the addition of a wet clutch and one way sprag clutch that would allow the drive pulley to remain in contact with the belt at all times, reducing wear and maintenance. It would also be a simpler and lighter setup, because no KEBC stepper motor would be needed to allow engine braking.
 
Someone mentioned how the horsepower is listed as the same. I don't know if that's an accurate listing or not, but stock for stock the 2012 Brute is faster. There's a video I saw on You Tube showing a stock 2012 Brute outrunning a 2011 Brute. And it seems to be outrunning it by a big enough margin.
 
I'm hoping to be able to buy soon. After my experiences with the '07 Brute 750 I had, I wouldn't have considered one. Until now. The '12 Brute has been improved enough for me to consider it.

Current ATVS: '06 Yamaha Wolverine 450 with a Hebco long travel suspension kit, modified exhaust end cap, holes drilled in airbox lid, stainless steel braid over lower radiator hose to protect it.
 
'09 Yamaha Grizzly 550 EPS Special Edition with Sedona Buzzsaw tires and Warn 2500 pound winch.
 

Past ATVs: '07 Kawasaki Brute Force 750; '89 Kawasaki Mojave 250; '92 Suzuki LT160.

Truck: '06 Toyota Tacoma 4 door, 4wd with a 3 inch Skyjacker lift kit, 285/70-R16 (equivalent to 33" x 11.50") BFG All-Terrain tires.

Streetbike: '08 Yamaha FJR1300 sport/touring, with factory ABS and power adjustable windshield.
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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/05/30 11:41:01 (permalink)
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From what I saw in the Kawasaki digital brochure, its still rated at 49.6 hp so bumping the comp to 9.3 to 1 and the other things didnt add any peak power... and the bike weighs 80lbs more dry!

Where did you find that the '12 Brute weighs 80 pounds more? I went to the Kawasaki website and found this:
2012 Brute curb weight (wet weight) 694.6 pounds.
2011 Brute curb weight (wet weight) 652.7 pounds.
Which equals a weight gain of about half of what you said at 41.9 pounds.
 
And keep in mind that these are WET weights, not dry weights as you said they were. Plus, that's also comparing a '12 Brute with EPS versus an '11 Brute without. If you bought a '12 without EPS, the weight would be closer to the weight of the '11.
 
The only thing I could find as to the horsepower number on the '12 Brute came from CARB (California Air Resources Board). I didn't find a chart comparing ATVs, but I did find the paperwork that was submitted for compliance (I think that's what it was called). It showed the '12 Brute as having 37kw of power, which according to an online kw to horsepower calculator is 50.31 horsepower. Now keep in mind that horsepower numbers can vary from dyno to dyno and location to location. Altitude, humidity, temperature, break in method (or the lack of being broken in) and tolerance differences of even what appears to be identical engines will affect the posted horsepower numbers.
 
And then there's torque, which isn't posted and has probably increased as well, so don't get caught up in the horsepower numbers being posted as the same or as a minor increase.
 
I saw a video on You Tube of a stock '12 Brute outrunning an '11 Brute, and the '12 was brand new and not broken in yet. So yes, regardless of posted horsepower numbers and more weight, the '12 Brute is faster.

Current ATVS: '06 Yamaha Wolverine 450 with a Hebco long travel suspension kit, modified exhaust end cap, holes drilled in airbox lid, stainless steel braid over lower radiator hose to protect it.
 
'09 Yamaha Grizzly 550 EPS Special Edition with Sedona Buzzsaw tires and Warn 2500 pound winch.
 

Past ATVs: '07 Kawasaki Brute Force 750; '89 Kawasaki Mojave 250; '92 Suzuki LT160.

Truck: '06 Toyota Tacoma 4 door, 4wd with a 3 inch Skyjacker lift kit, 285/70-R16 (equivalent to 33" x 11.50") BFG All-Terrain tires.

Streetbike: '08 Yamaha FJR1300 sport/touring, with factory ABS and power adjustable windshield.
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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/05/30 12:34:45 (permalink)


 
rode it saturday on the creek ride and it was amazing plenty of power stock its not snorkled and had no belt slipping or anything was impressed rides very well with the power steering especially with the bigger tires.
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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2011/05/30 13:12:53 (permalink)
Yea, I was pretty impressed when I did a demo ride at a dealer a couple of weeks ago. They did improve the airbox considerably, and I'm glad your demonstrated the improvements by not having any water intrusion.
 
My only issue with the '12 Brute is that they didn't fully update the CVT by installing a wet clutch and one way sprag clutch like Yamaha/Suzuki/Arctic Cat have. Being that I moved from Florida to northwestern New Mexico recently, I'll certainly be rock crawling more than mudding. Although the did improve the CVT, I'm wondering if the improvements will be enough to significantly reduce belt wear while creeping over rocks.
 
What are your thoughts on that?

Current ATVS: '06 Yamaha Wolverine 450 with a Hebco long travel suspension kit, modified exhaust end cap, holes drilled in airbox lid, stainless steel braid over lower radiator hose to protect it.
 
'09 Yamaha Grizzly 550 EPS Special Edition with Sedona Buzzsaw tires and Warn 2500 pound winch.
 

Past ATVs: '07 Kawasaki Brute Force 750; '89 Kawasaki Mojave 250; '92 Suzuki LT160.

Truck: '06 Toyota Tacoma 4 door, 4wd with a 3 inch Skyjacker lift kit, 285/70-R16 (equivalent to 33" x 11.50") BFG All-Terrain tires.

Streetbike: '08 Yamaha FJR1300 sport/touring, with factory ABS and power adjustable windshield.
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Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS 2012/07/23 20:29:18 (permalink)
it seems like i read somewhere that they did improve the front differential and also changed up the rear  diff and somethin about the seals in it along with the brake setup i believe but could be wrong
 
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