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Jim Dimmerman's Arctic Cat 6000 C-TEC2 Report


Jim Dimmerman (R) with Aaron Scheele (L) and Mike Fanum

L-to-R: Aaron Scheele, Mike Fanum & Jim Dimmerman.


Last month I went for a nice ride with Tom Rowland, Aaron Scheele and Mike Fanum.

We trailered some sleds up to Silver Bay, Minn., and rode to Finland and Isabella on the CJ/North Shore trail.

The loop was about 120 miles. I rode a 2015 Arctic Cat XF 6000 Sno Pro.

The ride for me was significant enough to compel me to write about it. The inspiration for my comments is the new 6000 C-TEC2 engine.

I have been anxious to drive one since the release of this new mill at Hay Days. There I talked at great length with my friends – Arctic Cat engineers Donn Eide and Greg Spalding, as well as their colleague Andy Olson – about this huge endeavor in designing it. So many clever details went into the package. But as they say "the proof is in the puddin'.”

Well, I was totally impressed on my ride.

The engine starts and runs smoothly. Engine sound is minimal, with quiet intake & exhaust notes. Clutch and throttle calibration are also very smooth.

But what really impressed me is something that it didn't do: SMOKE!

I really didn't notice this until we stopped to have a burger in the Trestle Inn. I was taking off my snowsuit and realized that I did NOT have that all-too-familiar smell of burnt 2-cycle oil permeated in my clothes.

I went to the table where the rest of the suits were and… nothing. No smell at all.

I thought about the days in snowmobiling’s past when a quart of oil mixed with 5 gallons of fuel was the norm

Now, on the new 6000, there’s no blue smoke!

Just in case you’re wondering, I’m NOT some kind of tree-hugger. I like the smell of two-stroke as much as anybody. I just want to give credit where credit is due. This is an impressive package...

I think the Arctic Cat Engine group did a fine job on the new 600 C-TEC2.

Now, if I could just convince them to build a 3-cylinder Dual-Stage Injection engine and put it in a chassis that’s about 5 inches lower with a…

There I go dreaming again.


Comments (7):

I Bleed Green! says:
4/22/2014 11:37:00 AM

Jim, I agree with you, the heck with the 800 twin DSI, just add on another cylinder and associated crankcase, and have a 900 triple. With this one being as light as it is already, I would guess a 900 triple wouldn't be much more weight than a current 800 twin. I wouldn't need triple pipes either, a good single would be plenty sufficient. Using current parts from the 600 should be more cost effective than tooling up new castings for cylinders and such.....

Mark Viskocil says:
4/24/2014 7:32:00 AM

I have a sneaking suspicion that the legendary Phanton Sir Jim was riding a 2015 that said "600" on it, but was actually loaded with Mr. Eides 950 instead. Who better to test a new engine than Mr. Dimmerman? Hopefully it will be released in bold, new RS (Roger Skime) graphics and hopefully I get the chance to snocheck it :-)
Jim Dimmerman says:
4/24/2014 4:19:00 PM

Your close Mark....but no cigar. You can only guess what's going on up at the Skime SkunkWorks division..............Jim
Mark Viskocil says:
4/24/2014 7:30:00 PM

Well then, that's the 2nd time I've been wrong today! I just caught h&ll from my girlfriend for wrecking one of her pans by cooking eggs with a little oil in it. Some kind of special pan I guess. If you read a 40 year old Prior Lake man's obituary, it was me. Some days you just can't win (unless you're on a Cat ;-)

You guys keep up the good work! I'm now hoping its going to be the 1100 2-stroke Cat never released (or 1200... two 600s side by side). I too am a dreamer!
Tom Rowland says:
4/25/2014 9:20:00 AM

Mark, next time your frying eggs and don't want them to stick in the pan...use C Tech 2.
Mark Viskocil says:
4/25/2014 11:41:00 AM


I actually started laughing out loud! But I think if I replaced the Canola with C-Tech I'd be wearing the frying pan as a hat, which would bring much humor to our 5year old daughter...but not much to me. Thanks for the laugh! (And I think one of my buddies bought both his 50th anniversary 1100 XFs from you. If it was, I want you to know he is extremely happy with them.)

Thanks again and take care.
Mark Piccarreto says:
4/28/2014 6:09:00 PM

Could someone explain the gap in engines. No "3000" series yet. Any insight why the lynx wasn't called a "3000". I'm guessing there is another new entry level power plant around the corner.

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