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Hello guys

Just trying to prevent some of the headaches I am dealing with and pass along my experiences with being a new owner.

I have had my XTZ 1000 for about a week now and have 26 miles on it. I have attempted to ride it twice and both times I have had axle issues that are being addressed right now. Arctic Cat acknowledges that some units went out with out the three O-rings that position the c clip to hold the axles in place. I don't know if it works yet because I just gave it to the dealer today to do the fix. I will report back when I can on this.

I have been looking over the XTZ every chance I get from the front to the back and there are a few things that I have found that need to be fixed before you leave the dealer or the minute you get it home.


- Check the park brake cable down by the exhaust to be sure the cable has the heat shield pulled down far enough so it protects it from the exhaust heat. Mine was way to high and started to melt through the cable. They are replacing that under warranty.

- Check your headlamp adjustment knobs under the hood if they are still there and cut the zip tie that Arctic Cat put around the gold spring. The zip tie is not allowing the spring to function, as it should which allows your plastic adjustment knobs to back off and fall out. I looked at a few XTZ's that where at the dealer and the were already missing. My right one was barely hanging on. Easy fix.

- Check your tailgate and be sure the alignment is good so that the plastic retainers that lock in the side don't hit the body on the way out. Mine has already started to destroy the paint and took a small chunk out of the top of the right rear fender.



I hope this information helps. I am still positive about the XTZ and I know that once we get all of the bugs sorted out it will be one bad ass ride!



Regards,

Todd
 

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Prestigemike

No Sir they did not.
 

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Did the axle pop out? I talked to the Tech. at Arctic cat and they are only supposed to have 2 "O" rings not 3 like the micro fish shows. Make sure your dealer checks on that.
 

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Arctic Cat said they would send out a package overnight to the dealer. I will have them check into the two versus three O-Rings. Thank you for your help.
 

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The axle did pop out about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch. The left axle on my first ride and the right axle on my second.
 

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The first one is me at Van Nuys airport in CA and the other one was on the way out of Tucson. The Dassault Falcon 2000 is the aircraft. I do know how to go very fast!
 

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Hey Guys

Today was a good day.

I have an update to my axle issues. I went out and put 50 miles of good hard testing on the Cat and I am happy to report that so far the axles have not moved a bit and there is no gear lube loss at all. It seems as though the 2 little o-rings that they installed in the groove where the C-clip sits are doing the job. The micro fish shows three o-rings but the tech from my dealer was told by AC to use two. I would suggest that these are replaced every time you take an axle out. They are very thin o-rings and I cant see how they will survive after 1 or 2 uses. The kit that AC sends out also has a thicker c-clip. My Cat is going in for the 100 mile oil change and inspection tomorrow. Next week I will do some more testing and report back. I am feeling much better about my decision to by the XTZ now. I hope the axles continue to stay put. Everything else on the Cat is working great. The motor seems to be getting stronger as she breaks in. It feels as though when you go full throttle from a stand still on pavement it wants to lift the front end. I think it would if the CVT set up didn't have safety slip built into it. The only other issue I had was the 10 amp high beam fuse broke last night but I do have the Dirtlights HID replacement's from UTV Crap so they must require a 15 amp fuse. I will look into this. The lights are very bright and at $150.00 a set a bargain. My night time driving is fun now that I can see 3/4 mile ahead of me.. For now I am one happy Cat owner. :)
 

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Hey Guys

Not happy to report this but my axles after the Arctic Cat o-ring fix are coming out and pissing lube all over the place. I have not been able to complete a ride on this thing and it erks me. I like everything about the 1000 and want to keep it but AC needs to recognize this problem and fix it right. No more screwing aroung with o-rings and c-clips. The axles are to short or the breather system for the rear end is not large enough to allow for expansion. I also think the c-clips are to small. I am a pilot not an engineer so I will stick to flying jets and let AC and the engineers figure this out. Just so everyone understands I am pleased with the warranty and service so far and I know it's a first year run but let's get the problem sorted. These things are not cheap and AC is a made in the USA product and that was a major factor when I bought this.

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The only other issue I had was the 10 amp high beam fuse broke last night but I do have the Dirtlights HID replacement's from UTV Crap so they must require a 15 amp fuse. I will look into this. :)
I have the Dirtlights HIDs as well, and experienced this myself. I have swapped to a 15 amp fuse and all is well........so far.
 

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im going to try to call arctic cat today about my axles
 

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Hey Todd

Its time for an update!! How is your Cat doing? well? hairdryer installed?

I read somewhere your axles were holding good, did I miss the update thread somewhere?
 
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