Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Northern Ontario Canada
New member. After riding an old Kawasaki Bayou 300 for years I bit the bullet and bought a 2019 Kodiak 700 base model. I’m a duck hunter and a pretty big guy so the 300 was always not quite enough of a machine. Buddy has a Grizzly 700 and I love that machine but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money as I really only use it during hunting season. Found a great deal (IMO) and after getting the wife on board I purchased the Kodiak because the specs are so similar to the Grizzly. Have ridden it a few weekends working on duck blinds with no issues. But this weekend I was in water about 3-4 inches over the floor boards. When I got back out of the field the engine died and I couldn’t start it. One of the guys in the club got it started and it ran for about five minutes. I got it home and it wouldn’t start again. I checked the oil and there was water in it. Nothing in air box. And water nowhere near that in the field. I swamped the Kaw once and after cleaning it up used it for years. It’s still in the garage and still cranks and runs. I’ve drained the oil and changed three times. Oil is clean now. I’ve ridden it and it seems to stall periodically and then picks right back up and goes. planning to change the filter and oil once more tomorrow.
My question then is 3-4” really too deep for these machines? We’ve had buddies grizzly in a field with water well over the tires. Never had issues. I’m a reasonable man. I don’t want a snorkeled machine. If I gotta go that deep I’ll get the boat out. But I don’t think that 3-4” above floorboards should be unacceptable. Any thoughts? How deep is too deep for a stock machine?
I regularly drive in 30" + of water without issues.
Never got water anywhere it didn't belong after 50 times... See photo, that's 32" deep....
Even had the front rack submerged two months ago!!!! . Amazingly, the motor never stalled and I had no water in the diffs, engine oil, air box, or cvt system. Nothing bad came out of it, but that was way out of my comfort zone!!!
2009 Grizzly 550 Special Edition, Red Midnight Armour, EPS, 26"Pitbull Growler BG2.5 xor, on 12"polished alloy SE wheels with 1"spacers, Yamaha overfenders & windshield, Heat Demon grips & thumb warmers, 2500lbs Warn winch, two up seat / storage box, Moose rear bumper, Gold Plugs in diffs & engine, COOP45 machined sheave + 0.5mm shim (3.1:1), 18 gram weights, EPI Orange spring
Last edited by Vincent; 11-14-2019 at 01:31 PM.