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Hey, new here and was told bright minds resided here that may be able to answer a question. Here goes: I noticed that the prowler was backfiring, and found the exhaust pipe was loose from the cylinder. Tightened the two bolts with a 1/4" ratchet and one of the bolts stripped with very little pressure. Am out of warranty now so I plan to helicoil the cylinder myself.
My question is, how much material is under the threads before you get to the cylinder wall. I dont want to get too deep. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Welcome, Sorry I cant answer you question. Because I havent had mine apart yet.
 

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Welcome SABORTOOTH! as for your question about the amount of material ...... im not sure . i would like to think there is quite a bit but idk.

i just wanted to really say DONT USE A HELICOIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WORST INVENTION EVER !!!!!! LOL sorry i hate those things . there are nothing more than a temporary fix at best .


Chrislynn Inserts' Web Site

check out this sight . they have a steel machined locking insert . i have used this style on everything from headbolt repair on huge v12 CAT engines to stripped holes on harley exhaust ports ! install these little gems and you wont have to worry about the bolts stripping out again ! there are several makers of these inserts these are the first ones i found with good pics of the locking style . those are the best for high vibration and heat areas .


good luck ,
soazcat
 

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Welcome SABORTOOTH! as for your question about the amount of material ...... im not sure . i would like to think there is quite a bit but idk.

i just wanted to really say DONT USE A HELICOIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WORST INVENTION EVER !!!!!! LOL sorry i hate those things . there are nothing more than a temporary fix at best .


Chrislynn Inserts' Web Site

check out this sight . they have a steel machined locking insert . i have used this style on everything from headbolt repair on huge v12 CAT engines to stripped holes on harley exhaust ports ! install these little gems and you wont have to worry about the bolts stripping out again ! there are several makers of these inserts these are the first ones i found with good pics of the locking style . those are the best for high vibration and heat areas .


good luck ,
soazcat

Now you're talkin. I'm from the old school and have had my battles with heli's too, but was unaware of this fix. Will try. It's the drilling into the cyl. threads that have my concern, I'll have one chance not to fubar.
 

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Now you're talkin. I'm from the old school and have had my battles with heli's too, but was unaware of this fix. Will try. It's the drilling into the cyl. threads that have my concern, I'll have one chance not to fubar.

like i said ive used these things for years . when i was with Caterpiller that had their own brand of them but im sure theyre all the same . we had several options of inserts in the same size . so if you needed a 1/4'' bolt repaired you drilled out and tapped 3/8'' installed the insert. BUT ..... if you were like me on occasion you did a crap job drilling and had to start over . lol so you then drilled and tapped to 7/16 and they had a insert that still had 1/4'' . just take your time because i dont beleive there is enough material for a screw up like that ! lol make sure you have the correct size drill bit ! buy one if you have to and use a bottoming tap . do it right and you should never have a problem again ! OH ya remember LOCTITE is your friend!
 

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Welcome Sabortooth, Enjoy and learn , but sorry about the misinformation about the Brite minds! lol these guys know their s-----t.
 

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Welcome to the site
 

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Do the XTX have two sets of exhaust holes in each head? I noticed my XTZ does.
 

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I know that. I was wondering if there were extra holes in the head like mine. I thaught maybe they used this head on other models.
 

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Guys
This is great infor. I have a question. I have a Artic Cat Prowler 09 700 xtx efi. What plug should I be using and what is the gap?
Thanks Roger
 

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:)hey sneaky snake brand new here just wondering were did you get the sound proof engine cover
If i am not mistaken he made that, he used dynamat and just stuck it to the inside of the dog house, several people have done this and seems to work good ,,, i will be doing mine next week..
 

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If i am not mistaken he made that, he used dynamat and just stuck it to the inside of the dog house, several people have done this and seems to work good ,,, i will be doing mine next week..
yea, you just glue it to the inside of your engine cover, it will make a big difference in the noise.
 

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Sorry guys (Desertcat, SABORTOOTH) I'm not tryin to be a smart ass. I was just wondering. The XTZ is like that so the heads can be used front or rear.
 

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yea, you just glue it to the inside of your engine cover, it will make a big difference in the noise.
I Second that! Buy It on Ebay its alot cheaper on there.
 
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