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Yamaha Kodiak 400 Review

The Yamaha Kodiak 400 is one of the most popular four-wheelers derived from the Moto-4 series. This 4×4 was introduced in a manual transmission version and later shifted to an UltraMatic CVT transmission, front hydraulic discs, and selectable 2WD/4WD modes.

These top-notch features have made the ATV a favorite choice for adventurers, ranchers, and hunting enthusiasts.

About the Yamaha Kodiak 400

The Kodiak 400 is a well-known rec-utility four-wheeler and was awarded the “2000 ATV of the Year Award” by ATV Magazine. This classic ATV boasted an UltraMatic transmission, a 33-mm Mikuni carb, and on-the-fly driveline options.

Besides scoring high in the ATV scene, the Kodiak 400 is well suited to the North American lifestyle- it is designed to handle huge piles of snow, long stretches of sand, dense forests, and expansive hunting sites.

This ATV was also built for hunting. The Yamaha Kodiak 400 was one of the most popular ATVs because of its top-class UltraMatic transmission and realistic utilitarian features. Although there are other highly-regarded workhorses, Kodiak is well-known and preferred for hunting and recreational activities.

Yamaha Kodiak 400Specs & Features

Engine

This four-wheeler is powered by a 4-Stroke SOHC, liquid-cooled engine, and has a forward-inclined single cylinder arrangement. It comes with an electric/recoil starter system and wet-type element air filtration. The Kodiak 400 air-fuel mixture is handled by a compression pressure of 1,400 kPa @ 750 RPM and a compression ratio of 10:5:1.

The quad’s power mill requires low maintenance. However, you need 7.5 cc/1.0 fl. oz of fuel stabilizer per US L/gal of fuel if you don’t want to drain the ATV’s fuel system before long-term storage.

Ignition

The Kodiak 400 has a DC-CDI magnetic, electric start system and is equipped with an F4T46472/MITSUBISHI A.C. magneto generator and 2JN/YAMAHA ignition coil. The four-wheeler also has an auxiliary D.C. outlet with a maximum rated capacity of 10 Amp (12V 120W). If you need to replace the spark plug, you can use the Wolverine 450’s spark plug because they use the same.

All electrical components are the same in all Yamaha Kodiak models apart from the battery, which changed from the 2002 model onwards. Since the ATV uses a sealed-type battery, it needs a constant- ampere/voltage battery charger. Any other type of charger can adversely affect the battery life.

Tires

This ATV rides on 25 inches rear and front tires mounted on tubeless panel wheels. These tires are puncture-resistant, offer excellent grip at slow speeds, and flex easily when riding on rough grounds.

Drivetrain

The Yamaha Kodiak 400 is controlled by a single-speed constant mesh UltraMatic transmission using a centrifugal-type, one-way sprag clutch behind the primary pulley. The automatic transmission is paired with a ball-and-race-bearing system to offer selectable driveline modes and an effective braking system that result in the four-wheeler’s outstanding handling, regardless of harsh riding conditions and terrain technicalities.

Generally, the Kodiak 400’s drive system is bulletproof. However, ensure that you don’t excessively hammer the wet clutch because it may burn its friction material against the drum, which may cost you a fortune when replacing the clutch.

Brakes

The Yamaha Kodiak’s braking system consists of a front right-hand-operated disc brake and rear left-hand/ right-foot-operated disc brake, guaranteeing reliable stopping power.

Suspensions

The front and rear suspensions of the Yamaha Kodiak 400 have a five-way preload-adjustable shock and a great offering of wheel travel. Additionally, the four-wheeler’s dynamic wheel-and-tire system and powertrain boost the suspension system’s handling and absorption over slow-crawling sections and rough terrains.

Lighting

The Yamaha Kodiak has two 12V 30/30 W Krypton bulb headlights, 12V 21/5 W brake light, and 12V 1.7W indicator lights for maximum light distribution, especially at night.

Weight capacity

The 2002 to 2006 Yamaha Kodiak 400 models are slightly wider and longer than previous models. The Kodiak 400 (YFM400FAP) has a curb weight of 578 lbs, while the Kodiak 400 (YFM400FAR) has 584 lbs. The vehicle load capacity limit is 463 lbs, and the trailer hitch capacity is 1,102 lbs.

Top speed

The four-wheeler’s top speed is 45 to 55 mph on a dirt road and 67 mph on a hard road. However, the speed may vary depending on engine condition, type of fuel, weather, and gas type.

Pricing

The Yamaha Kodiak 400 price ranges from $4,500 to $6,499, depending on the four-wheeler’s condition, trim, and year. The 2003 model had the least price tag while the 2001 model was the most expensive. Some secondhand Kodiaks cost less than $1,800, but they may have dings, flat tires, scuffs, rusted components, and wear and tear.

Known Issues

Yamaha Kodiak 400 Review

Like any other secondhand vehicle, minor repairs, alterations, or full rebuild of the Kodiak 400 mainly depend on the care given to it and the vehicle’s overall condition. However, even with great maintenance, there are cases where the Kodiak 400 is prone to problems. Here are some of them:

Most off-roaders complain about the rear drum brakes, which demand constant adjustment and upkeep. The choke is also known to freeze during cold weather, and its cable causes chock malfunction when plugged with dirt, mud, and debris.

FAQs

Is Yamaha Kodiak 4×4?

The Yamaha Kodiak Is a 4×4 four-wheeler that can handle dirt roads and rough terrains.

Conclusion

The Yamaha Kodiak 400 is a favorite four-wheeler for most outdoor enthusiasts. Its simple design may deceive the eyes of some beginners, but it’s great at handling terrains, has a light feel, and comes with sporty manners.

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