This is the my first sled. I've done a bunch of ATVing, but I've never owned a snowmobile before. I bought this for zipping around the woods near our weekend place in Southern Vermont. I just picked it up on Saturday. It's a 1996 Arctic Cat Puma 2-up. It's got about 3,880 on the clock. It was last registered in New Hampshire in 2011. Looks like it did some time on the trails in SoVT as well.
Here are a few pics from Saturday:
I'm really happy with the sled. It's got a few things to address, but it's 17 years old, so that's expected. I've adjusted the brakes (the lever on the caliper needed to be rotated) and they now lock up good and tight.
Is there any servicing needed on the airbox? Filter, foam?
I noticed a bunch of grease zerks. What's the best type of grease to use on a sled? I had a SeaDoo back in the day and they made some pretty good waterproof stuff.
Two stroke oil: Are these machines picky? What's everyone use?
What's a decent belt? I don't mind paying a few extra bucks for something good, but I have a feeling this 340 won't need a high performance belt.
Someone put in a piece of fuel line that the pull-start cord runs through. It looks like this was done to prevent the pull cord from rubbing against the oil tank. Is there an OEM guide or is this something someone just fabbed up on their own?
My noise piece has a few bit missing from it. I looked up the OEM cost and almost fell out of my chair. E-bay my best bet for a used one? Is the nose piece specific to the Puma?
I need a snowflap as well. Will any other model's snow flaps work for the Puma?
I'm getting a clunking when the sled is slowing down (no braking) or coasting down hill. Almost sounds like a popping. At first, I thought it was the belt; possibly being worn/hourglassed in a spot. But I noticed the noise when I lifted the rear of the sled to move it...popped/clunked maybe once or twice when I lifted the back end and pivoted the sled around. It did that when the engine was running.
Thanks in advance everyone! Looking forward to getting some more snow and taking the sled out!