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Old 11-15-2015, 07:45 PM
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So i need an atv for the hunting lease and came across a great deal on a used Arctic Cat. I have owned Honda's and Yamahas and been happy with them, but I dont want to spend the money on a new one since it will be strictly for hunting. Any input on the Arctic Cat brand in general?

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Old 11-15-2015, 08:17 PM
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I have a 04 400 4x4 with the 4 wheel indy suspension.It's pretty basic,air cooled,automatic.It's been pretty damn reliable and does anything I want it to.Take a look at the Ac 700 with power steering.That is one sweet ride.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:34 AM
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Subscribed... I am looking at side by sides for our South Dakota digs. The Artic Cat is pretty well respected I am finding.
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I don't own one, but I ride with people who do and abuse the hell out of them, not just Artic Cat, but all brands across the board. In terms of reliability, I would rank them in this order: Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Polaris, Can Am, Artic Cat, Kawasaki. Certainly not an expert, but many hours where people are just torturing their bikes lol. My ranking system is based on how often I have seen the respective brands get towed back to camp
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I have owned Polaris's since early 1990's and before that had a Yamaha .

To be honest most all of the name brand ATV's are pretty dog gone durable, I would not touch one of the "off brand" types I see some have. From what ATV mechanic told me those are ok but parts can be hard to get in a timely fashion

One guy i used to hunt with has an Artic Cat and never has any issues with it but this is a 60+ yr old man that only uses it to hunt.

To be honest I would shy away from one that has been ridden by teens for purely mud bogging(nothing wrong with that BUT those do get abused pretty hard).

Most folks that use them for hunting do not ride them all that hard
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I may go for one of the big ones because I intend to use it on the street quite a bit, finding a parking spot for it is much easier than finding one for the dually...
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Old 11-16-2015, 04:53 AM
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You may want to search for ATV/UTV's on Tractorhouse.com. You can browse a lot of machines, all listed in the same format.
Machinefinder.com is another.
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Old 11-16-2015, 04:55 AM
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This probably won't apply but maybe someone else might can use the info some day. Artic Cat subs out its smaller ATVs to Kimco. The 50 and 90 for sure. Not sure where it stops. But Kimco makes these smaller ones for a few others and rebadges them as well. They are Korean I think. And well made. Great little ATVS and easy to work on with a good parts sourcing.
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:29 AM
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I've never owned one of their ATV's but had 3-4 of their snow mobiles, awesome machines.
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Arctic Cat ATV's have a reputation for having an unnecessarily complex electrical system that is very expensive to diagnose and repair. I've owned a ton of ATVs and would buy Honda, Yamaha, Can Am or Polaris. My current one is a Polaris 850 EPS but I would have no concern buying any from the 4 brands I listed.
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
I may go for one of the big ones because I intend to use it on the street quite a bit, finding a parking spot for it is much easier than finding one for the dually...
Where do you live that you can drive on the street? BIG NO-NO here.
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FWIW - For the newbies to this (like myself) to get some ideas on what is out there, you can visit this website, look at the exhibitors from 2015 and pick some names off of it to investigate. I spent the day last month, rode a bunch, looked until my head was spinning... It is AMAZING how many manufacturers there are in this game! I have a stack of brochures at least 3" tall and took only info on machines I thought I might be interested in. http://www.aimexpousa.com/


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Where do you live that you can drive on the street? BIG NO-NO here.
Summer home - Black Hills, SD
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:33 AM
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Honda. Problem solved
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For only hunting, any ATV will be fine.

For reliability:
Honda
Yamaha
Kawasaki
Suzuki
Polaris
Arctic Cat
Can Am

For Badassness:
Can Am
Polaris
Kawasaki
Yamaha
Arctic Cat
Suzuki
Honda

I have a 14' Outlander 1000 XT-P which comes with the factory Fox shocks.
It's a beast of a machine, but has had to be towed several times.
2 Driveshafts, a rear end, Calipers --- hell, it even blew a belt and quads are NOT known for doing that.
I am hard on my equipment, but all of that for under 600 miles

My 700 Yamaha Grizzly lived the same life.
Serviced it regularly, and added fuel only. Best machine I ever had.
Can't wait for the day Yamaha does away with the single thumper for a tad bigger V-Twin,
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for what its worth, I have a 2001 300 AC 4x4 and it goes anywhere and everywhere I take it. I can pull start it if needed, 5 speed with 3 ranges, 15 total gears I guess. Independent suspension, etc etc. This one hasnt let me down since I went through it, prior owner neglect. And its much quieter for hunting than my buddies 500's and 700's. I use it for hunting and yardwork and it handles both with ease. GL
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There is a reason you see a lot of 10+ year old honda machines for sale and bringing good money.

You don't see many 10+ year old Arctic Cat's for sale.

Just sayin.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:53 AM
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Thanks guys. The machine that I am looking at is a Arctic Cat Prowler side by side. It is overkill for hunting only, but i have two small kids and i could ride them around on it and use it during the summer for trail riding...and it seems to be a good deal. Will let you know what i do...
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Thanks guys. The machine that I am looking at is a Arctic Cat Prowler side by side. It is overkill for hunting only, but i have two small kids and i could ride them around on it and use it during the summer for trail riding...
I would check those trails to be sure you can put sxs on them. A lot of trails have width restrictions.
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Don't know much their about ATV's but seems like for every other make snowmobile I see stranded I see two or three stranded cats. They do have a loyal following though. We always say the "fun" girls always seem to ride arctic cats...
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Honda. Problem solved
Yup.
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