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2005 Yamaha Kodiak - Check Mileage/Value

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I hope this is the right spot. I'm looking at buying a 2005 400 4*4 Kodiak and wanted to know what to look for, how to check the mileage as there is no odometer and value.

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where abouts are you in Canada? check kijiji for similar bikes. physical inspection, check oil to see if it has been changed or high/low on the dipstick. look at condition of plastic and rims. if the rims are dinged and bent out of shape, whoever had it bullied it, same with plastics if they are all scratched up. drive the bike, notice how it starts, if its burning oil ... exhaust white or bluish colour. putt around with it, shift the gears to make sure its smooth. no knocks in engine when running, throttle response is good. it sucks that there isnt an hour meter on it, and odometer ... somewhat have to read the seller. make sure it doesnt get too hot when running, the bikes do run warm, but not excessively hot. you could check the front and rear differentials for fluid, no mud or water inside. obvious oil leaks at gaskets ... more or less condition at first sight and run it ... check the steering if it is tight, tie rods, ball joints ... more or less like you would a car you are buying ...

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also, if you have a friend that knows alot about bikes helps to bring along, and cash in the pocket, cash in hand makes alot more better deals ... and dont be in a hurry, look around at a few bikes ...

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I am in Ontario, I did check around on the internet and couldn't find very much. I have a 98 big bear. I will look for the obvious signs but I guess there is still a bit of a gamble. Any ball park on the price?

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i see them in Calgary from 2500 - 3995 for that year/model ... Ontario is probably on the high side of this ... no one there likes to part with much without getting more than its worth for some reason that i have seen and experienced ... yah, never a sure thing, go with gut and visual and drive it most important i think

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Okay thanks for the info. Another question, Where can I buy parts online for a descent price with shipping. I just need a bulb at this point.

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They didn't seem to have the bulb I needed. Dealer wants $12.99. Found it at napa autoparts for .74 but need to buy 10. Still ahead of the game. Im buying an ATV snowblower 15 hp mounted to the Kodiak. It is going to work out to 3800 for ATV 2300 for blower, new battery, winch and comes with a second seat and tool box. I think it is a descent deal.

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