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Old 11-12-2012, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What Cat to buy??

I would be very greatful to hear from some of you Artic Cat riders out there. I'm looking to change things up (used to drive the old Indy's of the past) and am looking at maybe going for a Cat this time around. I don't have tons of $$ But am looking at anything from 99 -06 What is the best overall sled A/C made during those yrs??? Good ride and good motor!!!!!! Any and all opinions and tips would be greatly appreciated... Thanks
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well oh ok I guess I could give you my opinion!LOL! Lets see where to start?
Stepping back from your age group alittle and well worth the mention, is the 97 ZR580efi, best sled for the buck! The 99 ZR600efi was the sled of the year! But when you get to the 02 ZR800and 03 900 efi things REALY pick up! (probably the best sit down sled made!) If you are a stand up guy there is the 03 F7! And on the otherside and again well worth the mention is the 10 XF 800r! Now I only have one word for trail cruisers though, PANTARA!
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ZR's are a good bet for good performance and reliability, 01 or newer gets you the power valve motors, which are a definite improvement, but my 98 ZR600 is still a great sled, just a little pipier, so don't count the older ones out. You have to be careful with the older F series. They're great sleds, light and fast, but they had issues with tunnel cracks. There was a recall done and reinforcement plates were riveted in, so you want to make sure it was done before purchasing one. ZL's are also a good sled. Basically a ZR with a wider ski stance and a little softer suspension.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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degginetly look into the zr or the 03 f7 thats what I want myself. or maybe even look into a powder special if your lookin for a longer track slex

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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A ZR or a Firecat. I have owned Both the Firecat is going to be faster but the handling of the ZR u can't beat


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Old 11-13-2012, 06:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ummm my ZR800 eats F7's! Seriously the Choice depends on what type of rider you are!
Give us more info on how you ride and where? On trail, off trail, mountains etc...
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ummm my ZR800 eats F7's!
well im a witness to that!!!
damn fast ZR!!!
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Ummm my ZR800 eats F7's! Seriously the Choice depends on what type of rider you are!
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what the hell did you do to that?? i beat a zr 900 with mine
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I ported it and it has Jaws pipes! been dynoyed at almost 200hp!
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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what the hell did you do to that?? i beat a zr 900 with mine
he spent lots & lots of cash!
but its a fast 800 for sure!!!!
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its gotta be
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Oh come on I dont have that much it the Big ZR only $5k or so, got ALOT more in the little ZR!

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he spent lots & lots of cash!
but its a fast 800 for sure!!!!
im a witness ive rode that zr800 its wicked fast

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Oh come on I dont have that much it the Big ZR only $5k or so, got ALOT more in the little ZR!

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have u got the little zr back together since the meltdown

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No aint even looked at it, wasnt a melt, just a nut loose on the head! Want to find someone with a 711 Invader that will let me barrow a pump gas insert to take in and have it coppied!
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i couldnt spend 5k in a sled lol
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i couldnt spend 5k in a sled lol
hes prolly got 4 times that in the lil zr lol

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hes prolly got 4 times that in the lil zr lol
id say ur close, but prolly alittle more!
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Yeah but it's been over 11 years! And $20k is about right!
But think of it this way, snowmobiling is my only vise! 1 pack of smokes a day is now $2500 a year! And the little ZR is just one of 9 Cats and 7 Yamis I try to keep running!
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Yeah but it's been over 11 years! And $20k is about right!
But think of it this way, snowmobiling is my only vise! 1 pack of smokes a day is now $2500 a year! And the little ZR is just one of 9 Cats and 7 Yamis I try to keep running!
we prolly go through twice that in beer a year lol

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