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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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New 2011 700xtx

I just purchased a 2011 700 xtx and am new to Artic Cats and side by sides have always had quads. Is there anything to look out for or things needed to watch for on the Prowler. Really like it so far but only have 20 miles so far.
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Welcome, I love my Prowler. Just dont expect it to be some thing thats its not.

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I'm new to the Prowler scene myself, couldn't spring for a new one I got a '07, in the past I've had a rail buggy, a few dirt bikes, and a Kawasaki Duckster 3 wheeler. Not sure what to expect from my Prowler but I plan to play in the mud a little, push some snow. I also work for the local Fire/EMS Dept. we usually borrow a couple of Gators to use as quick response vehicles during City festivals, I'll use mine this year.
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Welcome you bought a solid machine.
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Congrats! I recently picked up a 09 700XTX and I love it!!

Wait till you start looking at all the mods you can get!
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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 03:19 PM
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Since everyone so far is just blowing smoke, I'll fill you in a bit.

If all your doing is mild trail and road riding then they will hold up just fine but there are some weak points that will show up fairly quickly if your are a little more aggressive.

-The Tie rods are very weak and need to be reinforced, also the the plate that the steering rack mounts to is quite flimsy as well, no real easy way to fix this though. Keep a eye on both.

-If you ride in dusty conditions the air filter will plug very quickly due to the intake location, Check after every ride if in heavy dust

-Be carefully when in the mud because the tranny will be very difficult to shift when there is a load on the tires, so changing from L to R is some times impossible. Don't pull too hard on the shifter cause the arm that attaches to the shift cable will bend very easy, it needs to be re-enforced as well.

-If you have tilt steering it will get very loose quite quickly, Crappy bushings, cat does not sell the bushings separately and a new tilt mechanism is $$$ so just get a machine shop to fab U up some new ones.

-Ive also had a lot of axle problems but there are different axles on the 11's so that may no longer be a issue.

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-The Tie rods are very weak and need to be reinforced, also the the plate that the steering rack mounts to is quite flimsy as well, no real easy way to fix this though. Keep a eye on both.

-If you ride in dusty conditions the air filter will plug very quickly due to the intake location, Check after every ride if in heavy dust


-Be carefully when in the mud because the
tranny
will be very difficult to shift when there is a load on the tires, so changing from L to R is some times impossible.
Don't
pull too hard on the shifter cause the arm that attaches to the shift cable will bend very easy, it needs to be re-enforced as well.


-If you have tilt steering it will get very loose quite quickly, Crappy bushings, cat does not sell the bushings
separately
and a new tilt
mechanism
is $$$ so just get a machine shop to fab U up some new ones.

-Ive also had a lot of axle problems but there are different axles on the 11's so that may no longer be a issue.
Your account of problems is spot on. I never really sat down and made a list but this list should be sent to A-Cat.

The new axles are just that "new" they are even easier to break than the old style and it takes "three" hands to remove the new axles. They dont seem to have any problem staying in the diff with the new locking mechanism but we have already warrantied several.
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Since everyone so far is just blowing smoke, I'll fill you in a bit.

If all your doing is mild trail and road riding then they will hold up just fine but there are some weak points that will show up fairly quickly if your are a little more aggressive.

-The Tie rods are very weak and need to be reinforced, also the the plate that the steering rack mounts to is quite flimsy as well, no real easy way to fix this though. Keep a eye on both.

-If you ride in dusty conditions the air filter will plug very quickly due to the intake location, Check after every ride if in heavy dust

-Be carefully when in the mud because the tranny will be very difficult to shift when there is a load on the tires, so changing from L to R is some times impossible. Don't pull too hard on the shifter cause the arm that attaches to the shift cable will bend very easy, it needs to be re-enforced as well.

-If you have tilt steering it will get very loose quite quickly, Crappy bushings, cat does not sell the bushings separately and a new tilt mechanism is $$$ so just get a machine shop to fab U up some new ones.

-Ive also had a lot of axle problems but there are different axles on the 11's so that may no longer be a issue.

OK so I have a few questions then....

I obviously know what the tie rods are and where they are - but how would you reinforce them? My experience has always just been to buy stronger ones...I'm especially interested in this as I am about to put bigger tires on.

How do you reinforce the shifter arm? Again, very interested as I do ride in mud. I've always followed the motto - "Go in 2WD so you can come out in 4WD". And being able to shift from High to Low is often crucial.

How do I get to the bushings on the steering wheel? Do they need to be CNC'd or can any machine shop make them?

If you have any photos to illustrate what you've done to aid these issues, it would be greatly appreciated.
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