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Old 02-19-2008, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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rubber track conversion

I have 2 early 80's atric cat 340 jags. I heard that it is possible to convert to a rubber track. Does anybody have any info? Also looking for a seat cover for a '71 panther.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If I were you, I would contact Kimpex. As I understand it, the Jag has an uncommon drive wheel spacing which makes it difficult to change over to another sled's track. You would probably have to change the drive wheels too.

It is hard to justify spending over $500 for a track on an almost 30 year old sled that is only worth about $300.

If you look at Craig's list out of Fargo, you will find a rubber track there that the seller claims will fit your Jag. He is down here in Fergus Falls. I called the place where he bought it and they told me that the later, rubber track Jag, tracks will not fit the early, cleated track, Jags.

I have an '88 Jag with a rubber track, and an '80 Jag with the 2/3 cleated track. I would not spend any money to make the change for an old rubber track. The cleated track works just as good and seems to turn easier.

I have an '81 Jag 4000 that needs a new track. If you want to sell your old track, I might be interested.

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Old 02-20-2008, 07:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I will have an extra track if can get conversion figured out. I'm only doing it on my 80 3000 f/a. My other i wil keep original for collector purposes. I saw the one you saw on craigs list. I have a source (family member) where i can get a used one for alot less. so coversion would be reasonable enough. Actually just found back-up track for my 71 panther 399 axiel electric start for dirt cheap.

If I find another track before coversion I will contact you.
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Greg. Too bad they don't have some NOS up there at the factory. I think that the '79 and '80 Jag 3000 is a perfect sled for kids to learn how a snowmobile handles. I enjoy riding mine as much now as when I was a teenager with a new one. My dad gave $800 cash for a brand new '80 model in '81 after it was announced Arctic Cat was going under. I was hoping the '88 would be better with its rubber track and wider ski stance, but it just isn't as fun as the older Jag.

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Old 02-21-2008, 11:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I wish could take a look through there bone yardjust once! lol
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How much are you willing to pay for the seat for a 71 panther?I got one in very good condition.Gas tank in rear style.
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I guess that depends on condition.
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Greg,

I have to recant my statement about the rubber track not being that much better than the 2/3 cleated track. Today I used the newer Jag to get some fire wood and in deep warm snow, I was utterly amazed at how well this sled hooked up. I could stop on a hill, in heavy snow that had no tracks in it, and get going again with a huge load of oak on a five foot sled in tow. I loaned the old Jag out so I wasn't able to do a direct comparison, but last Saturday was very similar to today and it had a hard time getting started from a dead stop in heavy snow without pulling a load.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:05 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Peter,
Thats nice to hear. I think it may increase reliability to. Bearings just went out in jack shaft on my '00 jag free air the other day. So considering it's condition I may part that sled out to keep my "80 f/c in parts and get rid of rest.
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The bad thing about keeping one around for parts is that when you need parts, the parts sled usually has the same part already worn out!
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I hear ya there. I'm lucky in that respect though. My parts sled actually has fewer miles on it! LOL If you need any parts let me know.
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I Got 79 Jag Track 2\3 Cleated [used ] I Am Looking For Older El Tigre Track I
Bought It Thay Said It Would Fit My Tigre I Dont Think It Will It Has Rubber Tits In The Middle For Pulling Track Around My Old Track Had Straight Track With Full Cleats If Any One Can Help I Would Be Great Ful Thanks Tom
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A rubber track will make for a faster sled as its quite a bit lighter. Believe it or not in most conditions I think rubber tracks also hook up better. A rubber track with pics will hook up ALOT better in almost all conditions.

Anybody ever had a cleated (particularly full cleat) sled out on the lake, get up to speed and turn? If you turn tight enough the cleats turn into ice skates! I've slid sideways doing that before, it can be pretty scary.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:20 AM   #14 (permalink)
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what are you trying to say i have 79 2\3 cleated track jag I GOT MANUFACTURER S
SUPPLY CATALOG SAYES IN IT 340 TIGRE 74--80 AND JAG 75--81 IS SAME NUMBER TRACK
IN IT THAY ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO SAME TRACK WHAT YOU ARE ARE SAYING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT I ASK
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Originally Posted by tomtom7
what are you trying to say i have 79 2\3 cleated track jag I GOT MANUFACTURER S
SUPPLY CATALOG SAYES IN IT 340 TIGRE 74--80 AND JAG 75--81 IS SAME NUMBER TRACK
IN IT THAY ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO SAME TRACK WHAT YOU ARE ARE SAYING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT I ASK
73's and the 74 295 El Tigre used the full cleat track. Easiest solution would be to replace the drive shaft with a later one and use the 2/3 cleated track.
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I have 2 early 80's atric cat 340 jags. I heard that it is possible to convert to a rubber track. Does anybody have any info? Also looking for a seat cover for a '71 panther.
Thanks Greg
75-81 Jag and 74-80 El Tigre FA factory rubber track conversion instructions, I've included a readme file in it with parts availability also:
http://www.cpinternet.com/~ecurtis/eltigtc.zip
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