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Old 02-02-2006, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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93 ext 580z overall impressions

I know i've posted a lot lately, but I didnt get any questions and i'm kinda stuped. I had to drill off my skis cause the bolts seized and I need to get new bushings, even worse, my new plastic skis dont fit cause I have the prowler style suspension. Also while doing this I noticed my ball joints and bushings up front are in need of replacement. The parts I need will run me around 320$ US (damn balljoint prices) and someone from arcticchat.com posted how he grinded down his spindles to fit the average arcticat ski (aka like the new ones I got). Thinking about this I dunno if I should rebuild, I originally planned to rebuild because I love the power of the sled and also like the handling considering I have zero shocks all around, I just received my new rear shock and plan to get more, but before I get any more parts I want to get people impressions on this sled. The reason why is because I was thinking of just buying a ZR 94 - 98 but Then again I dont want to be dealing with another maintenance sled, instead I can just do a full rebuild which will cost quite a bit but I will have a practically new sled after, and when I mean by rebuild, I mean everything, bearings, seals, shocks, springs, and track. Possible rings for pistons. I'm not asking for biased opinions I am just asking what people think about this platform with prowler style suspension. If I do end up fully restoring it would I end up enjoying it as much as I would a second hand 95/96/97/08? I at least know I will enjoy the fact I rebuilt it, but I also dont want to have a sled that behaves very noticably inferior to later 90's sleds which is what i'm experiencing now, but also because this sled is in major need for tuneup, at least the engine still pulls amaizing!!! I beg people for input because i'm days away from picking up more parts
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As you will see in my sig, I have a '93 wildcat. I have no trouble running with the newer sleds and when setup properly it will handle as well as anything on the snow. It depends on whether you want to really keep this sled. If it is in otherwise excellent shape, you might enjoy it more once you have done the work needed to make it run and handle well. After looking at the prices and the fact that there where no plastic skis available for my sled, I just put new steel skis on and added skins and carbides. withe the new 1in track, it acts like a new sled. Granted the suspension is not quite as good as a newer sled, it is more than adequite and can be setup to give excellent weight transfer and a decent ride on the rough.
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Old 02-03-2006, 10:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well the ext 580 is a pretty much touring sled from what i am told, just got rid of mine for a 1996 polaris xcr. the ext was a good machinbe, excelent low end and mid but seemed to be lacking on the top end, if ya are into riding hard, the preformance end of it the zr will suit your needs a little bit better, even same size motor better porting a little more horsepower and a lower center of gravity. but on the all i guess it is how ya ride, they are a reliable sled for sure, and if ya are happy with the preformance then why start over?
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Where and what type of riding do you do?

You can gain some topend and better pull in the midrange by doing clutch mods and even gearing changes to the chaincase. It will never be a hot performer, but you can get a lot of fun out of it with the suggested mods and it will be even better in the deeper snow than most.
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I will be keeping this cat, she's too much fun and I already started fixing her up a little, I dont want to leave this project unfinished. I ended up removing the spindles from the sled and a friend of mine is having the bushings pressed out. That way I will have just the bare spindles. I will probably use makeshift bushings instead of buying the ones from arctic cat cause they cost 130$ canadian plus tax!!!!. On top of that, I will have to saw them down by a lot to fit the skis I have bought. Instead with the bushings 100% removed the skis will fit fine, so I just need to find bushings that will fit intside and cut em flush with the spindle, maybe also use large washers to prevent direct rubbing against ski mounting braket and alluminium spindle (pretty much what the outter sleaves of the current bushings are doing). I just picked up a new windhield for the sled off ebay and plan on getting more and more new parts. I do plan to restore this sled as much as possible, That way my old 93 will be new and hopefully as reliable as a new sled.
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When you are ready to put it back together, you can pm or email me and I will provide you with pics to help with the suspension setup and any other tips you might need.
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