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Hi all, I'm currently looking for an older arctic cat running or not as I enjoy working on stuff and will use eventually on the farm to carry around my chainsaw in the winter. I came across an add for a 91 ac cheetah not running, and wondering on your thoughts. It also comes with a 89 cougar also not running which I don't really need but sold as a pair. the gentleman is asking 500. I don't know but that seems a bit high since it could need some work?. Sleds look as if they were sitting out for awhile with light surface rust on some of the parts. Everything seems to be there except the cougar has no seat/windscreen and the cheetah is missing the recoil and key switch maybe, in the picture. I don't mind get something that I have to work on but I just don't want a headache and to have to put tons of work into to get working. I've seen other snowmobiles in the area for sale of the same era running for 600 and in better shape. I just like the long track with storage for breaking my own trails, fan cooled and easy to fix as we typically don't have much snow during the winter sometimes. I have been looking for an older bearcat but none has come up for sale recently and just think the older cats kinda look cool. I am planning on looking at them this coming weekend, Your thoughts are appreciated.
 

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He probably just wants to get rid of them, so maybe $350.

Easy to work on. I've got a couple of 89's (Jag and Panther) and a 90 Jag. Kids love riding them. Lightweight, easy to get unstuck. Mine are all short tracks. Long track would be more like the Tundra I have.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I'll have to see if the tracks are ok if I look at them.
Has anyone heard that the ac 500 motor had any problems? Reliable? Both sleds have them. I once bought a 1980 ac Pantera 500 and burnt out the cdi. Paid 900 for it and was only 11 years old but it was a great fun sled.
I have currently been using my buddies sled last couple of years, a 97 sd grand touring liquid. Its ok and goes good but too fast for me, not my type of machine but letting me use it. Actually he has been trying to get me to buy it and he just replaced the track last year with a new one, wants 1500 and in good condition. But if I was going to spend that kind of money I would rather get something of my choice like a fan cooled machine I can ride more on low snow days. An 97 ac bearcat 340 just came up for sale 1500 also in good running condition, too much? That would be better for me but has no reverse, nice to be able to drive in the barn and back out but not a necessity. Question is do I try to save a cool vintage sled for less money instead of going for parts maybe or wherever or spend more and get something running with almost no problems?
I don't ride too much so it doesn't matter to me if it's old or not, just a few times a year doesn't seem like I should spend more but I do use for work too. That's why I think getting something to fix up is ok and I'm not in any rush to buy anything. Will look though. I have options
 

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If you can get a sled with reverse, it's really nice to have. But with the old fan sleds, they are light enough that pulling them around by hand is not near as bad as some of the newer utility sleds. Even my 550 Prowler 2-up is a lot to move by hand.
 

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I still haven't gone to see the sleds yet, the weather hasn't been good and with my busy work schedule. I have a question if someone can help, I noticed in one of the pictures the air silencer boots are missing on the cheetah. Question is do I need them? and where would I find new ones in case the seller doesn't have them. Part #1670-386. Checked some of the parts warehouse's and they are not available. Seen some sleds with them missing.
 

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Update on the sled search!!!
I decided to go and check out the 97 ac bearcat 340 first and see it this past weekend because it was already running, so I made an offer and picked it up. Guy was originally asking 1200 but I talked him down to a 1000. I don't know if it was a deal or not but who knows. Overall its pretty good, not very much rust at all, looks like it sat for a while maybe outside since the hood is a little faded but I'm surprised at some of the parts and the track is really still pretty nice. I see only the secondary drive shaft inside is rusty for some reason. I really wanted to get something with reverse but had to make a sacrifice for now since winter is right around the corner. I was planning on going to look at the other cats too and make an offer but seem to have my hands full now. It needs a few things like there is a small hole in the top of the gas tank that was fixed with some rubbery stuff, I might try to do something better. He said an a chipmunk or something chewed on it. Hand warmers look disconnected and the kill switch also disconnected. The guy apparently bought it not running, about a year ago, put on a new carb, (he said the old one was junk), put on some new fuel lines and a really nice seat cover. Speedo doesn't work either but I think it could be something small as it shows very low miles like under a couple hundred?.
I guess the first thing to do now is clean the carb? since it's been sitting since last year, guy started it on the third pull with old gas, (ran pretty good as we just got a couple of inches of snow and i was able to run down the field with it and back, but didn't idle too great), clean the clutches? and look it over with a fine comb and Try to fix a few minor things. I'll have more time to look into it soon and clean it as I brought it indoors in the shop. Lots of acorns in the bottom so I assume a critter was in there at some point. 🤔
 

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A lot of times when the speedometer fails, the cause is the PTO side driveline bearing failing, and that allows the driveline to drop some, which shears the key that drives the speedometer adapter. That is something you want to check on to make sure the bearing is good. You may be able to evaluate it by removing the speedometer adapter and cleaning out the grease to give it a good exam... that will give you a chance to see if your speedometer failure is possibly a frozen cable or a frozen adapter, as well.
 

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Thanks guys, the boggies looked and felt solid but I'll inspect them closer. I was going to just buy the universal key for the speedo and see if that was it but I will look into it more and get back to you. I hope it's not the bearing, and you mean the track bearings by that?
Also does cleaning the carb seem like a good idea since it was recently replaced, I was thinking maybe just drain all the old gas out and not bother it this year.
 

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Thanks kc
I tore into the snowmobile, Found a mouse nest in the air box( the carb boot wasn't even attached), a kinked line by the pump, and the locking collar inside by the track shaft bearing loose. Guess I may try to put it on for now. changing the bearings are probably needed, (how big job is it?)don't know how long and what it takes? Didn't get to look into the speedo cable but will soon. Pulled the carb ready for cleaning, vacuumed out all the critter stuff and siphoned most of the old gas out. The guy looked like he did a hack job to get running, used 1/4 in clear tubing which was hard already and the primer pump wasn't even hooked up, no T for it anywhere and no in-line filter. Mouse looked like it chewed on the ends of the handwarmer wiring so will have to figure out that one eventually. Anyone know what size fuel lines are the proper size?
 

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Thanks, that's funny kc. Yea the mouse ate right through the plastic mesh on the other side, I will change that. I actually ordered and received both parts and shop manuals on ebay just after I got it and came in in a couple of days, brand new, But that info looks really helpful too coolhand thanks.
The guy said he put new fuel line in the tank with a weight, so I checked out of curiosity and he did with one of the weighted filter ends but he used that cheap clear stuff and it wasn't even at the bottom, I had to move it around with a coat hanger. I'll try see if I can find some tygon fuel line online, looks hard to find though, found some on ebay.
I'm also not even sure how the oil pump is hooked up on that sled cause he had the primer line going to the intake manifold? (And The other side of the primer line was not hooked up at all. I will probably just order a whole new setup online cause the plastic T's aren't available) and I still didn't see yet where the oil delivery line goes.
My next thing to do is clean the carb I guess. It was actually a used one he put on from the dealer, cause the sticker said $100. Probably just better.
 

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Tygon can be had at any auto parts store or powersports stores and especially stores that sell lawn mowers, chainsaws and stuff like that. I buy it by the 20 foot roll wherever it is cheapest amazon, eBay or locally.
 
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