Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4 Specs and Review 2022

Yamaha Wolverine 450: Prior to launching the Yamaha Wolverine 450 in 2006, Yamaha aimed to bring sport-utility quads to the top in the ATV scene. 

It succeeded in this by introducing the 350cc Wolverine until it was stopped by a roadblock, and the company decided to stop making improvements to the vehicle.

Yamaha Wolverine 450

 

The market grew and the public and fans became more and more demanding of the already remarkable quad. 

They couldn’t have been more astonished by it was revealed that the Japanese manufacturer finally introduced the 450-class Wolverine 10 years after.

The model was introduced in 2006 and it was introduced in 2006. Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4 took the market for sport-utility vehicles by storm. 

It features a sturdy but light chassis, an impressive tire-and-wheel setup with a low-maintenance shaft drive with aggressive bodywork, as well as a powerful engine with a smooth-revving 421 cubic centimeters This four-wheeler represented the spirit of sport and a real pleasure.

The Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4 shared the same fate as the 350 in that it was not noticed and manufactured alongside top models like that of Raptor, Grizzly, and YFZ450 lineups.

Yamaha Wolverine 450

Although the timing didn’t go as planned for the quad when it came to sales how it stepped into the ATV scene in the first place reveals its strengths. 

Read this guide which sheds light on the secrets (and features) of this flimsy four-wheeler.

Jack of All Trades

The year 2006 saw the debut in 2006 of the Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4, which succeeded the groundbreaking 350cm, 3 cousins. 

With a gap of 10 years between the two models, Many expected the larger-engine version to be more athletic and fitted by the ability to have an independently rear-mounted suspension as well as EFI as well as power steering. The manufacturer appeared to take two steps forward, but one step back with this awaited monster.

Yamaha advertised the mid-sized Quad as being a hybrid model when its loyal fans wanted to showcase more of its athleticism. 

In addition to the irony that this was actually the Kodiak that was on the end of the “goods”, people wanted from The Wolverine.

The Right Direction

In retrospect, this plan (if it was actually intended to be so) was to move in the direction of Yamaha since dual-purpose vehicles are the rage nowadays in the ATV arena.

In the past, the law of excluded middle didn’t excite riders to the point of arousing. Off-roaders were silently adamant to observe the law of excluded middle when they were riding four-wheelers. 

This means that ATVs were only used to do one of two tasks race or farm work making flexibility a nearly impossible idea. 

At the beginning of 2000, it was rare to see ATV owners enjoying recreational riding drags, rock-crawling, or drags by using just one vehicle.

Segments and sub-segments of the industry weren’t yet established, and the positioning of the Wolverine 450 as a “Sport 4×4” was not a good idea and didn’t seem to make sense for many off-roaders.

The car did not possess the characteristics of a powerful workhorse, which could be considered a utility. 

Also, it was not anywhere near pure-sport vehicles like that of QuadRunner or Raptor series, which is what makes it a quad sport.

The Wolverine is a middle ground between these two classifications, granting the Wolverine a versatility that isn’t found on other 4-x4s. 

This was precisely the kind of thing Yamaha desired – to have the wheeler to have its own classification.

Master of None?

Yamaha deliberately designed it specifically to build the Wolverine 450 to answer the needs of the ever-growing recreational market. 

The quad was equipped with specs that could traverse rough slopes, slippery inclines, thick mud, and also trail systems that are wooded and technical.

It was also user-friendly and was equipped with useful functions that were designed to meet the desires and preferences of riders while increasing revenue and market share of the line-up. 

However, despite its amazing performance, features that were practical, and flexibility, however, the popularity of the Wolverine series fell dramatically. 

This, and other reasons that we can only speculate about, eventually caused the Japanese company to cease operations in its manufacturing after just the first five years.

A decade later, after its release, knowledgeable ATV fans wish that to see that the Yamaha Wolverine 450 could have been around for longer. It’s a classic instance of a buyer’s regret. The following sections will highlight the number of off-roaders has missed out on.

2006 Yamaha Wolverine 450 Specs & Features (YFM45FXV)

2006 Yamaha Wolverine 450

Engine & Lubrication

Like its 350-class counterpart, this Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4 is powered by a 4 stroke engine that has the bore-stroke ratio of the previous.

It is interesting to note that the 450-cc Wolvi has a smaller Mikuni BSR33 than 350’s 34-mm carb – it’s because the motor is derived from the Yamaha Kodiak. The higher ratio of compression helps to make up for this and also ensures a higher performance from the motor.

Engine Type 4-Stroke OHC
Cylinder Arrangement 45°-inclined, Single cylinder
Carburetion System Carburetor, Mikuni BSR33 x 1
Engine Cooling Liquid cooling
Engine Fuel Unleaded gasoline, PON/RON rating of at least 86/91, containing MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether), < 10% ethanol, or < 5% methanol w/ appropriate cosolvents and corrosion inhibitor
Fuel Capacity 14.5 L or 3.83 US gal (reserve – 4.5 L or 1.19 US gal)
Bore x Stroke Ratio 84.5 x 75 mm (3.33 x 2.95 in)
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Displacement 421 cm³ / 25.69 in³
Top Speed 50-55 mph (80.5-88.5 km/h) – based on test rides by ATV publications
Starter System Electric starter
Air Filtration Wet element
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil & Quantity 2.3 L (2.43 US quarts, oil change) / 2.4 L (2.54 US quarts, filter change) of SAE 10W-40 4-stroke motor oil Options: SAE 5W-30, 10W-30, 20W-40 w/ API grade of SJ+ meeting JASO T903 MA, MB standards

There’s no online resource or anywhere else that details what power the Wolverine 450. It is my guess that it’s a bit above its 350-cc sibling’s numbers which are 27.6 horsepower/28 PS (20.6 kW at 7000 RPM). 

In the same way, its fuel efficiency is not reported. Based on forum data reports, it is averaging 14.7 L/100km (16 mpg) when riding dirt roads.

Drivetrain

The main difference between the 450 and 350-class Wolvies lies in the power transfer. In lieu of manual tensioners, this Wolverine 450 utilizes a CVT belt, which eliminates the requirement to shift (which novices might find difficult). 

This type of drivetrain is made easier by an adjustable front differential as well as the ability to select different driveline settings that are activated through the On-Command(r) 4WD/2WD buttons that are located at the top of the handlebar.

Clutch Wet shoe, automatic, centrifugal type
Transfer, Transmission Type V-belt, UltraMatic™
Gearshift Pattern F-N-R-P (left-hand operation)
Drive System Shaft drive
Secondary Reduction Ratio 7.944 (39/24 x 24/18 x 33/9)
Transfer Gear Ratio Forward – 1.652 (38/23); Reverse – 1.706 (29/17)

Ignition

Ignition

The four-wheeler has the identical electrical components that are found in the majority of models of other Yamaha four-wheelers. 

However, the standard OEM stator has been reported to be faulty, causing owners to seek an aftermarket alternative like an HO stator (view on Amazon) which also works with Grizzly and Bruin models.

Ignition DC-CDI (Capacitor Discharge Ignition)
Spark Plug NGK DR8EA, w/ a gap of 0.6 – 0.7 mm (0.024 – 0.028 in)
Torque: 17.5 Nm (1.75 m-kgf, 12.7 ft-lbf) or 1/4-1/2 turn past finger tight
Generator A.C. Magneto
Fuse 30 Amp (main); 15 Amp (headlight); 10 Amp (ignition, auxiliary DC, signaling system, backup); 3 Amp (4WD)
Battery 12V (18 Ah)/10 Hr, YTX20L-BS format
Battery Dimensions (L x W x H) 6.88 x 3.44 x 6.12 in (175 x 87 x 155 mm)

Tires

As with the Wolverine X series, the Wolvi was 450cc in size. Wolvi included Maxxis radial tires that were mounted on aluminum or steel wheels (depending on the trim and year).

They can be replaced by Dunlop and Carlisle AT489C tires for your ATV (view the full range on Amazon) in the event that your current knobbies get worn out.

Both will be great for the quad. Make sure you don’t less than 37 kPa (0.37 kg-cm2, 5.3 psi) when airing your tires down, or above 250 kPa (2.50 kgf-cm, 36 PSI) when you place the beads.

Front Tire, off-road/road air pressure Maxxis M937 AT23 x 8-12, tubeless
40 kPa (0.41 kgf/cm2, 5.8 psi)
Rear Tire, off-road/road air pressure Maxxis M938 AT23 x 10-12, tubeless
40 kPa (0.41 kgf/cm2, 5.8 psi)
Front Brake Type Dual disc brake (right-hand operation)
Rear Brake Type Single disc brake, wheel-mounted (left hand/right foot operation)

Suspension

Despite having a larger frame and displacement, however, it is still a bit smaller in displacement and frame, Yamaha Wolverine 450 retains its long-travel suspension as well as wheel travel with the exact measurements as its 10-year-old brother.

The rear shocks that are oil-damped contribute to the car’s excellent handling even on rough terrain. 

Steel wheels were upgraded to aluminum rims with the 2008 Yamaha Wolverine 450 onwards to increase the weight of the unsprung and overall suspension performance.

Caster, Trail 4°, 19.3 mm (0.76 in)
Toe-in 2 ± 4 mm (0.08 ± 0.16 in)
Turning Radius 3 m (9.84 ft)
Front Suspension Type, Travel Independent, double wishbone, coil spring, oil-damped (5-way preload adjustable), 160 mm (6.3 in)
Rear Suspension Type, Travel Swingarm type, coil spring, oil-damped (5-way preload adjustable), 180 mm (7.1 in)

The front and rear shocks are set to the #2 setting by default. You can adjust the setting to accommodate your weight, the amount of grip you require, and the riding/terrain conditions.

Dimensions

The Wolverine is just a little smaller than YFM350 and has an uninspiringly low center of gravity as well as a lower vehicle height. 

Thankfully, this doesn’t impact your ground clearance. The seat is great for riders between 6’0” and 6’8 inches tall, however, it may find it a bit restricted for taller riders especially on the left. Two-kg storage space and 1100-lb trailer hitch capacity help bring versatility to this quad.

Length 1,978 mm (77.9 in)
Width 1,063 mm (41.9 in)
Height 1,095 mm (43.1 in)
Seat Height (Unloaded) 840 mm (33.1 in)
Ground Clearance 220 mm (8.66 in)
Wheelbase 1,233 mm (48.5 in)
Curb Weight 250 Kg (551 lbs)
Vehicle Load Capacity Limit 100 Kg (220 lbs) – combined cargo, rider weight & accessories
Towing Capacity (Optional) 500 Kg (1,102 lbs)

Exterior

The 450 is built with tubular steel frames as well as plastic body material that is available for purchase in Team Yamaha Blue/White, Racing Blue, red/white black/red, white/silver, and red/black. 

In terms of styling, it incorporated pieces and pieces from the Raptor (that gorgeous face) and the YFZ450.

A sharp fender line allows for bigger tires as well as the electronic speedometer (view on Amazon) tracks the speed, mileage, as well as other vital information. Floorboards that are fully enclosed provide excellent protection for the underside of your vehicle.

Speedometer/Trip Odometer/ECU Standard
Indicator Lamps Standard
Speed Limiter Standard
Switches – Ignition, Engine Stop Standard
Light Switch Standard
Headlight Krypton bulb, 12V 30/30 W x 2
Brake Light/Taillight 12V 21/5 W x 1
Indicator Lights LED (neutral, reverse, coolant temperature warning, park indicator)

Wolverine 450 Pros and Cons

The first time it was released when it was released, it was released. Yamaha Wolverine 450 did not appear impressive at first. 

However, don’t fool yourself by its looks. It is only necessary to put one’s leg on top of the wheeler, and then take it for a spin through the woods to see the power it really is. 

To illustrate this we have compiled a non-exhaustive listing of the all-around machine’s lows and highs.

Pros

  • On-Command(r) 4WD and 2WD options dramatically enhance the vehicle’s capability to traverse terrain and give it a huge amount of ability to navigate difficult trails better than a simple utility 4×4.
  • The high intake of air and large-capacity radiator contributes to the Wolverine’s remarkable reliability and durability.
  • The Wolvi is 75 pounds lighter than the Kodiak which makes it more efficient and easy to maneuver no matter the terrain.
  • An internal engine counterbalancer helps reduce the vibration of the rider and provides a comfortable ride.
  • GYTR accessories (especially the bolt-on types) work perfectly and could even boost power and reduce weight on the vehicle.
  • The tread pattern provided any sidewall roll. This allowed for easy removal from the deep mud an effortless task.
  • A newly designed floorboard and seat offers protection against splashes dirt, mud, and other debris.
  • Contrary to other quads that are high-performance that cater to novice and skilled riders.

Cons

  • When you change between 2WD and 4WD, or vice versa, you’ll need to stop the throttle.
  • Drivers over 6’0” won’t have a problem finding the vehicle easy to attack.
  • The Wolvi isn’t the ideal choice for those who have a lot of work to do, such as heavy hauling or yard work, since it can be used only for light tasks due to the lack of cargo rear and front racks.

The Wolverine’s strengths far outweigh its disadvantages. This machine has been hailed as the most sporty 4×4 that was ever built during its time.

How much is this Do-it-all Quad?

The auction listings of the 450-cc Wolverine vary from $1,650 to $4,999. The majority of the resales available online are models from 2006 to 2007 in good condition. These used vehicles have an extremely low number of hours and miles.

The models at the top price point are available on well-known sites like ATV.com and ATV.com, while those priced at less than $2,000 come from trading websites as well as private owners.

There are not many repairs required for secondhand 4x4s. In the worst-case scenario, you might only require the complete carb clean-up and check electrical components, swap out your battery or even get the painting done.

Surprisingly enough, the original list prices are not too far off auction prices. The table below summarizes MSRPs, retail and trade-in values for all Wolverine release models (2006 to models in 2010) to make it easier for you (Source: Nada Guides):

Year – Trim – Model Number List Price Retail/Trade-In Values
2006 Yamaha Wolverine YFM45FXV $5,999 $1,585 – $2,085
2007 Yamaha Wolverine YFM45FXW $5,999 $1,680 – $2,210
2008 Yamaha Wolverine YFM45FXXL $5,999 $1,765 – $2,320
2008 Yamaha Wolverine YFM45FX5PX – Special Edition $6,249 $1,845 – $2,430
2009 Yamaha Wolverine YFM45FXYL $6,199 $1,845 – $2,430
2010 Yamaha Wolverine YFM45FXZW $6,399 $2,300 – $3,025

About Yamaha

Yamaha is a Japanese company that is renowned worldwide for its world-class motorsports and off-road automobiles, personal watercraft as well as outboard motors. 

Yamaha later branched out into motorcycle production and parted ways with its musically-inclined parent company.

Since the beginning, taken giant leaps in the field of automotive starting with the ATV industry to producing award-winning automobiles.

Presently, Yamaha continues to live by its motto that is “Kando” by developing life-enhancing items and products.

Conclusion – Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4

While not widely praised it’s underrated, even though it’s not widely praised, the Wolverine 450 successfully addressed the shortcomings of its predecessor. 

The line’s absence of 10 years was not in vain since it allowed Yamaha plenty of time to incorporate the necessary upgrades in the quad.

The combination of an unrelenting mid-range powerband with a well-tuned long-travel suspension and aggressive stock tires extremely light (and stunningly attractive) frames, as well as a dependable UltraMatic(TM) transmission, was enough to transform the 450-class Wolverine into a serious beast. It even did not require IRS and fuel injection.

The unfortunate thing is that it was launched at a point in time when off-roaders and the general public were not aware of the dangers. 

However, the tide has turned. Everyone is now able to admit with this Yamaha Wolverine 450 is undoubtedly the most suitable vehicle for those who want to enjoy enjoyment in the trail riding or mudding areas.

2010 Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4 – USA Specifications
MSRP* $6,399 (White/Red) Available from November 2009

2010 Yamaha Wolverine 450 4×4 

Engine

Type 421cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke; SOHC, 2 valves

Bore x Stroke 84.5mm x 75.0mm

Compression Ratio 10:1

Fuel Delivery Mikuni® 33mm BSR

Ignition DC – CDI

Starting System Electric

Transmission Yamaha Ultramatic® V-Belt / F, N, R

Drive Train Yamaha On-Command® pushbutton 2WD, 4WD; Shaft

Chassis

Suspension/Front Independent double-wishbone; 5-way preload-adjustable shocks, 6.3-in travel

Suspension/Rear Swingarm; 5-way preload-adjustable, 7.1-in travel

Brakes/Front Dual hydraulic disc

Brakes/Rear Hydraulic Disc

Tires/Front AT23 x 8-12 Radial

Tires/Rear AT23 x 10-12 Radial

Dimensions

L x W x H 77.9 x 41.9 x 43.1 in

Seat Height 33.1 in

Turning Radius 118 in

Wheelbase 48.5 in

Ground Clearance 8.7 in

Fuel Capacity 3.8 gal

Wet Weight 550 lb

Towing Capacity 1102 lb with an optional hitch

Other

Towing Capacity 1102 lb with an optional hitch

Lighting Dual 30W Krypton multi-reflector headlights & 21/5W brake light

Warranty 6 Month (Limited Factory Warranty)

Is Yamaha Wolverine a 4×4?

The Yamaha Wolverine 450 is a fully automatic 4×4 with features including a lightweight, sporty suspension inspired by The Raptor line.

Is the Yamaha Wolverine 450 good?

Now, everyone can agree that the Yamaha Wolverine 450 is undoubtedly the best vehicle of choice if you want to have fun in the sport, extreme trail riding, and mudding realms.

Where are Yamaha Wolverines made?

The USA

Made Real World Tough(r), Assembled In The USA

The Wolverine X4 850 R-Spec, like other Yamaha Side-by-Sides or full-size ATVs, is built in the USA to meet Yamaha’s high standards of durability and reliability.

Who makes Wolverine 4 wheeler?

Yamaha innovators
Yamaha’s innovators designed the Wolverine 350 4×4 to balance sports riding and farm work. It was launched in 1995 by Yamaha.

How fast is a Yamaha Wolverine?

On stock, the Yamaha Wolverine 700 top speed was 53 MPH. Mods can make it keep up with the 900-cc Polaris RZR. Two thousand twenty models boast a 2-mph increase. If you push the limiter and add a machined sheave, your stock 2016 trim will reach 55 mph.

Where is Yamaha RMAX 1000 made?

Newnan, Georgia
The Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1,000 and RMAX4 100 are Yamaha’s most innovative, Proven Off-Road vehicles. They can be ordered in either two- or four-seat configurations.

Is the Yamaha Wolverine belt driven?

You can use any gear you like while on the trail, as long as your belt tension is maintained. Yamaha is so confident with the design that they offer a 10-year warranty on the belt.

Is the Yamaha Wolverine a good side by side?

The Wolverine RMAX4 1000 feels good. Both the vehicle’s fuel and ride are full of “heftiness”. The RMAX4 is firmly planted on the trail, unlike any side-by-side we have ever driven.

Yamaha Wolverine 450 FAQ

1. What years did Yamaha make the Wolverine?

The Wolverine was in for a decade-long absence and was unchanged since its debut in 1995. It wasn’t till the year 2005 that Yamaha came up with a new model to it was the Wolverine 450 4×4 – for launch to the public in the year following.

2. How fast is a Yamaha Wolverine?

Its Yamaha Wolverine 700 top speed is 53 mph in the stock model. If modified, it is able to be able to keep pace with the 900-cc Polaris RZR. 2020 models come with a 2-mph improvement. Your 2016 trim will be able to go up to 55 mph when you surpass the limiter, and then put on an engineered sheave.

3. Is it a Yamaha Wolverine 4×4?

The Yamaha Wolverine 450 is a fully automated 4×4 equipped with features like an ultra-lightweight and sporty suspension modeled on The Raptor line.

4. Who makes Wolverine side by side?

Yamaha Wolverine X4 Side-by-Side Yamaha Wolverine X4 Side-by-side the new Yamaha Wolverine X4 offers four times the proven off-road capability as well as 4 times more comfort, and four times the confidence…to give you four times the enjoyment and excitement during any outdoor trip you plan to take.

5. How many ccs is a Yamaha Wolverine?

Smooth and Powerful Twin-Cylinder Engine Its Wolverine X2 R-Spec 850 is powered by an 847cc DOHC, eight-valve twin-cylinder parallel motor that comes with the entire range of Yamaha’s modern performance technologies.

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