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hey guys i'm new to side by sides and arctic cats in general. im located in the Pittsburgh area. i just bought a 2008 prowler 650 xt and am noticing one issue with it when i am driving at a faster speed and slowing down using my brakes. right before i come to a complete stop it sounds like something rattling in the engine or clutch. im thinking the belt because the clutch is opening and closing so fast right before it comes to a complete stop. if i let the machine come to a stop on its own without applying the brakes it doesn't do it. let me know what you guys think i was going to try and post a video but it won't let me
 

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Welcome to the forum! Best place for Prowler Owners! You are experiencing the infamous brake chatter known on Prowlers! It makes noise, but does not create any damage. Many ideas on fixes, from replacing a rotor, new brake pads, anti-chatter springs, and so on. Mine does it periodically, but I've become used to it. Enjoy your Prowler as we do!
 

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Welcome to the site, that rear driveline brake can make some noise. I put a piece of heater hose between the so-called anti rattle springs and the caliper, it helped quite mine down.
 

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That sound is awfull, know all about that! Mine got better after replacing the rear rotor. Think the rotor had gone bad after driving with the parking brake on too many times..
 

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it just doesn't sound like a brake noise to me for some reason. my rear brake pads are worn down pretry good. I just ordered all new pads a couple days ago. do you guys think getting a rear rotor would help too?
 

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hey guys i'm new to side by sides and arctic cats in general. im located in the Pittsburgh area. i just bought a 2008 prowler 650 xt and am noticing one issue with it when i am driving at a faster speed and slowing down using my brakes. right before i come to a complete stop it sounds like something rattling in the engine or clutch. im thinking the belt because the clutch is opening and closing so fast right before it comes to a complete stop. if i let the machine come to a stop on its own without applying the brakes it doesn't do it. let me know what you guys think i was going to try and post a video but it won't let me
welcome to the best prowler site.....thats a very common issue,i bought mine new in 2006,and it made the same noise the first time I rode it.....the cheapest fix is the anti rattle springs,which helps some but does not cure the problem....I ended up converting mine to 4-wheel disc brakes,you might want to try a new rotor.....
 

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ok thanks guys. mine has the anti rattle springs on it already but they don't look new by any means. im going to get a new rear rotor and new rattle springs and see if that helps out any
 

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The first time I used my brakes I thought the world was ending! LOL I think the 650 has U-joints, dropping the rear driveshaft is fairly easy, once to drop the skid plate off the back, you have all kinds of room. Changing rotors has a 50/50 chance of curing the noise issue. Just my thoughts! I use my brakes very lightly, my pads are still good going on 6,500 miles. If I really apply pressure I can get the noise when stopping. I'm old, worn out, can't see, and married, so little things don't bother me!
 

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my pads are still good going on 6,500 miles. If I really apply pressure I can get the noise when stopping. thats because you live in flat land and can coast to a stop in 50 feet >:)


I'm old, worn out, can't see, and married, so little things don't bother me!
Man ain't that the truth :nerd:

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Replacing the rotor was a pain in the a** for me. Mainly becouse of not the right tools, But somehowe it worked out.
Also think the weather does matter on the chatter noise. I know it sounds weird, but when its warm and dry, the noise is bader than opposite weather. Just my experience..
 

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Working without the right tool can really be a challenge! LOL
 

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Replacing the rotor was a pain in the a** for me. Mainly becouse of not the right tools, But somehowe it worked out.
Also think the weather does matter on the chatter noise. I know it sounds weird, but when its warm and dry, the noise is bader than opposite weather. Just my experience..
Did that fix your rattle noise.......:confused:
 

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I can live with mine, once I found out what it was, and what was involved to cure it, I learned to live with it!
 
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