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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2018, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Hi looking to buy my first Prowler in the next couple weeks, have found a 12 HDX 700 really nice looking low miles (396} soft cab no doors, flip out windshield, 3500 lb winch, ESP, not a mark on it, with this to be my first I looked for reviews on it found some, most from 2012 and 13 and most were BAD!!! major expensive fixes in a short time and on going, enough to make me question buying this year machine, Any input from the "real world" on this would be a great help Thanks..........
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not an owner of a 700 but reading on here for a long long time it has been a workhorse for many users , unless that one has a history that says beware I'd have no problem with buying a 700

welcome to the house and look around , read old thread / posts and learn ... many a good wrench here also and very sound advise also.

fill in location and signature lines via the user cp at the top right of the page ... that way we don't have to ask so many questions to answer yours , also read newby instructions in my signature lines .. drop in often and swap some BS with us and let us know how your new rig is doing and where you are riding.

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'83 CJ7 / SBC + whole lot added here and there
'01 Dodge / Cummins / Dually, a ton of stuff added here and there

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The internet is full of bad reviews and problems on everything. If you want to feel better about your purchase google ranger problems. The 700 motor has been around since 2008 and is a proven workhorse. Many problems are caused by owner mistakes or treatment. ie using the wrong oil.

There are no common problems that are expensive to repair that would make me avoid that machine.
I have bid on a 2010 and 2012 HDX at auctions in the last few months. I really don't have room for another ATV/utv but if the deal was good what the hell.


Just make sure the HDX your buying isn't a polished turd and you will be fine. The folks on here can help you with almost any problem you come across too.

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Welcome Big Jim! Prowlers are great machines! I have over 13,000 miles on mine, but I like to modify mine daily or so it seems! The only breakage I've suffered has all been pretty much self inflicted! The 700 Prowler is indeed a work horse, and the same basic design has been in place since 2006! This site covers most of the Prowlers, and we self critique our machines, and any major issues. If I were looking for a sport machine, the Prowler would not be of any interest as there are better selections to choose from. For a sport/utility machine, the Prowler is an ideal choice, and hard to beat!

2009 700EFI XTX, , AC Winch, 2010 Dust Shield EPI Sport Utility Clutch Kit , Street Legal, Cage chopped 2 ", Aluminum Diamond Plate Trim, Relocated Factory Bladders with covers, 5 Pt. Harness installed, Bed Tiedown System, Scat Pro-Car Seats, Secondary Battery installed, Oil Pressure, Oil/CVT Temperature, Volt Meter & Water Temp Gauges installed with Dash Plate, Bighorns, ITP Black 212 Wheels. Tonneau cover. 750 Big Bore Kit, Web Cam, and Rocker Arms.

Either - Dick or RD
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Welcome to the forum. Ya, some of us like the Prowlers so much that we have doubled our purchase price in adding on crap and doing modifications to make them into sport utes. Why? Hell I don't know... Guess we must like em! For what I have into mine, I could have bought a new fully accessorized Havoc or General. (Geez, don't tell my wife, that!)
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Welcome to the forum. Ya, some of us like the Prowlers so much that we have doubled our purchase price in adding on crap and doing modifications to make them into sport utes. Why? Hell I don't know... Guess we must like em! For what I have into mine, I could have bought a new fully accessorized Havoc or General. (Geez, don't tell my wife, that!)
I'm betting she knows lol , but better that than you spending your time in a bar or some place she doesn't condone
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name is Gary or hey you if ya forget

2009 Prowler XTZ , couple things added here and there
'83 CJ7 / SBC + whole lot added here and there
'01 Dodge / Cummins / Dually, a ton of stuff added here and there

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NEWBIES ...
1. Bring in a good load of firewood for the pit
2. start the morning coffee , strong but not burnt / boiled down , IMPORTANT start it early as many of us old farts get up early !!
3. sit a spell and swap some lies with the best of us
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welcome big jim.

the 12 hdx is a really good machine but do have problems just as all of them do. i have over 7500 miles on mine now and still kicking. it works harder than it plays. i haul bales alot with it, use it to rake the hay, haul rock that is picked in the field, well you get the idea.

the only big issue i had was the intake location. i bought mine from a dealer that dropped a new motor into it because the previous owner injested dirt and blew it up. well i did the same thing but caught the issue before it killed it. its a pretty easy fix and from what im finding out, arctic cat changed the intake location after a few years. the fix only cost me 20 bucks and is an easy install.

2012 700 Prowler HDX, re-routed intake, LXC cab with heat, HID headlights, tonneau box cover, Tusk TriloBite HD 8-Ply tires (27 inch), LED dome lights, Renegade Wicked Start RG30L-WS 600+ CCA Battery
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Hi ,,Was the part to relocate the air intake from Cat? if so do you remember what it is called or a part # ? sounds like it is something that should be done asap... Thanks
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it was not. all i did was went to tractor supply and bought 10 feet of 2" trash pump suction hose for 20 bucks and cut it to length once it was in there. all the elbows, hose clamps, ect... are already on the prowler. once i had it run to the front of it, i just slipped the pre filter on the end.. done. i went from changing out my air filter every 200 miles to once a year and im getting around 2000 miles (give or take) a year. that also depends if your riding someones tail in their dust. then it would be more often. here are some pics of my modification. its a little muddy but the hose is supposed to be green lol
if i was to do this again, i would get some pvc elbows to go around the bends. some corners are a little tight with that stiff hose.
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2012 700 Prowler HDX, re-routed intake, LXC cab with heat, HID headlights, tonneau box cover, Tusk TriloBite HD 8-Ply tires (27 inch), LED dome lights, Renegade Wicked Start RG30L-WS 600+ CCA Battery

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Thanks Guys for the info, I have a call into the dealer and need to put a hold on it as it is a 200 mile one way trip to get it, and that won't happen till the weekend, hate to drag the trailer that far and find it sold, I am so looking forward to getting a machine, you can ride out my drive on to a route that connects to trails that with enough trail switching could ride from NW WI to Lake Superior to the UP of MI, My relationship with Cat goes back to 1967 when my Dad got our first Snowmachine, was raised in Thief River Falls MN, where you were not riding the "right" machine unless it was a BLACK CAT ...LOL
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