OK. I know this is going to start some brand wars. But, just want some honest opinions on what 400-650CC 4x4 atv is best bargain. I want to build a decent mudder. Some of my top runners on my list are:
Bruteforce 650 IRS
Grizzly 450 IRS
Grizzly 550 IRS (a little pricey)
Can Am 500 HO (pricey)
Brian, my first and formost recommendation will be to consider a larger bored quad. Why? Because you want to mud and equally important, you can get last years big bore quad for about the same or maybe less than you can a current model year medium bore.
Now, I'll point out a couple other things. If you are going for mud, you might steer toward a quad that has a selectable locker. That puts Can-Am out. Another note, you will want to see which one offers the best CVT venting. You will obviously be snorkeling, but some are easier than others.
Price to value, I'd have to point at the Brute. Again I encourage you to see how cheap you can get a BF750. Reliability and comfort, I'd point at the Grizzly. If you are going to dish out the money for the 550, I'd go ahead and consider the 700. I just have the feeling that dealing with mud you will want the extra power sooner or later. Other wise, the Grizz 450 is a proven, trustworthy quad.
I own a Can-Am Outlander 800R and I love it, but it wouldn't have been my choice quad for a mudder. Hope that helps some. Keep us posted. I love new quads, even if they aren't mine!