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Wildcat Trail Evaluation

Discussion in 'Arctic Cat Discussion' started by pwm, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. pwm

    pwm Assistant SSW Rally/Event Director Staff Member

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    Today I went to Windrock for the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail demo rides to give one a try. They told me that they were competing with the RZR 800.

    Fit and Finish is pretty good. The floor boards were a little slippery to my liking and I discussed this with them before my departure. With the way the front (or lack there of) fenders, I am guessing this will be a mud slinger but with the temps in the 20's, there were no issues.

    Ride and Handling is really good. Straight out of the box, this thing was awesome. I was lucky enough to get there and be the only one in line so I got to follow the Team Arctic Cat driver and I asked him to let it rip as I wanted to see how she handled. Handling was awesome. it cornered very well with no pushing of the front end. It even handled the ice with no problems. We jumped over the water bars and she felt like it was connected to the ground.

    Cockpit was a tab bit small but fairly well designed. Everything was easy to reach and see. As stated above the floors were a little slippery to my liking but that could easily be corrected. The 1/2 doors felt good even as an arm rest but I can see where the lower section would need something to block off the mud. Compared to a RZR, you set very low although it could just be the seat design as it felt like the bucket seat was made to fit around you. The factory seatbelt was very comfortable and I really did not feel the need for adding a harness to this configuration.

    Power is not an issue as it had plenty. The 700 engine was very peppy. I kept asking who made the engine and never got a definitive answer I was just told that the engine was not out of any wheeler they had and that it was designed specifically for this model. The sound was great and it appeared to be easily accessible to work on.

    Conclusion, this is a very nice machine that is going to remain high on my radar for my future ride. For me, it was very comfortable with plenty of power and looks straight off the show room floor.

    Downfalls, is if you are taller than 6', there will not be a lot of leg room for you as the cockpit is made for me :D and not a taller person. Slippery floorboards that can easily be fixed although hopefully they will do something about that in the factory. Potential mud slinger but I am not 100% certain of that. Lack of dealers close by also is an issue although I was told that Crossville would be getting one within a month or so. Price for the LE is ~$12k and the standard is ~$10 with the difference being a little paint, wheels and seat colors. Not worth it in my book as all of the running gears and power is identical.
     
  2. slane01

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    Phil,

    Thanks for the review. It sure sounds like it is a very good model. It is priced in a good range too. I can certainly see that the extra 2K you would spend for the LE model would buy alot of accessories for a base model.

    It looks like it could be a good option for you.
     
  3. pwm

    pwm Assistant SSW Rally/Event Director Staff Member

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    You are correct. SS112's and a windshield then pocket the other $1500. :lol:
     
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    RZRRich SSW Director Staff Member

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    Hmmmmm :shock: , sounds like you enjoyed that test run 8) , keep us posted bud. :D
     
  5. pwm

    pwm Assistant SSW Rally/Event Director Staff Member

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    Will do. The bug nibbled a little today but he aint bit yet :lol:
     
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    Great review, Phil.

    I wish I could've made it, but I had too much going on and it was just too dang cold. :lol:

    I agree that it looks like a mud slinger. The other Wildcat 1000's are like that......every one that I pass on the trail is absolutely covered. They look like they're in dire need of some fender flares......but that's an easy mod'.
     
  7. mrsrzr570

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    I test drove one of those last spring. Wasn't really impressed with it. We have a couple of friends that own one. Their complaints was it gets really hot in the cab, one of them burnt their arm. As far as going through mud and water they tend to blow fuses.
    My husband also test drove one the whoops. He said that comparing the our rzr 570 with the Racer Tech dual rate springs and the shocks on the Trailcat they were about the same.

    Good write up Phil.
     
  8. pwm

    pwm Assistant SSW Rally/Event Director Staff Member

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    Thanks it was a blast to drive.
     
  9. abkdad3

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    Hey Phil did you ever get another machine?
     
  10. carnivore

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    I think he may still have a Prowler?
     
  11. pwm

    pwm Assistant SSW Rally/Event Director Staff Member

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    Nope I still have a TBX Arctic Cat that I ride around. Just purchased a new Kubota 3901 with a loader does that count as a sxs :)
     

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