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post #1 of 6 Old 04-28-2019, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Could you fit Grizzly a-arms on 2016 Kodiak?

Hi All,
I drive a 2016 Kodiak EPS SE and am really happy with it.
However, since I'm mostly driving on asphalt roads in the mountains with tight curves, I would like to improve the handling/stability a bit more.
So my first assumption would be to widen it a little bit.
However, main problem would be to stay within EU regulations on road safely.

So at this moment I was thinking of widening the Kodiak with the Grizzly a-arms because these would be legal and approved parts.
However, I'm not sure if a-arms alone would do the job.

Did anyone here fitted Grizzly a-arms on their machine?
Does anyone know if the suspension would also need to be replaced or could you use the ones of the Kodiak?
Which parts would all need to be replaced for such a conversion ?

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-28-2019, 07:11 AM
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I'm not sure if it's easily done or what's involved,
But You'd most likely have to change all four shocks, four axles, and all eight A arms. Sounds rather expensive compared to just getting aftermarket wheels (most have 1" offset) or quality spacers.

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I agree with Vincent. Longer a arms mean longer axles. Not very cost effective. You need realize you're not driving a sports car and need to drive accordingly. Driving at higher speed on ashphalt, you probably won't gain much stability from going an inch wider per side. As far as I know, the grizz is only 1" wider on each side.
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I have thought about it as well, but that would decrease the reliability and increase maintenance.
Main reason I like the Kodiak so much is because it's such a reliable machine and maintenance is so extremely low...

Also we do not have such a high availability of aftermarket parts because they usually do not pass the certification.
I'd like to have some nice Elka shocks for example.. but we're not allowed to fit them because of the certification processes.
Keep in mind that we're allowed on the highway as well here.. but the downside is that regulations are tougher.
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Oh, forgot to mention..I don't mind if it's a little lower in the process..
So for this reason I asked if default Kodiak shocks could still be used.
Anyway, hope someone has already done this in the past.
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Never heard of anyone doing it to a Kodiak but there is a member on the Grizzly Central forum who has installed the new longer style Grizzly A arms on an older Gen Grizzly chassis witch is what I believe your Kodiak is based on. His forum name is Loudelectronics. Mite be worth contacting him.

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