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Race Gas Magazine HMK Boot Test

(11/28/2009)

Independent Boot Test Lab #23

 

This blazing product evaluation of HMK boots was written by an old friend for the infamous Race Gas Magazine, a short-lived 'zine whose impact hung long and low. It's a perfect Turkey Weekend read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arctic Cat Pride Magazine is Now Posted

(11/24/2009)

Arctic Cat Pride Magazine Fall 2009

 

 

The Fall 2009 issue of Arctic Cat Pride magazine is now posted on the Arctic Cat Website.

Click HERE to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sno Pro 600s Available at (some) Dealerships

(11/16/2009)

2010 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600

 

A 130-hp (stock) Sno Pro might be available right now at your local dealership, tempting you to buy it and rule the trails this winter. There's just one catch...

 

 

 

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800 H.O. = 163 horsepower

(11/13/2009)

Arctic Cat 800 H.O. Engine

The respected (and independent) dyno gurus at DynoTech recently tested a produciton 2010 Arctic Cat F8.

Compared to the pre-production engine they tested last spring, the production engine... made more hp. Read the download after making the jump.

 

 

 

 

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Sno Pro 500 Part IV: Final Chapter

(11/11/2009)

Larry & Jeremy Houle from Speedwerx with 730 Kit

 

To conclude the series on the new Sno Pro 500, let's look at possible solutions to the "It-doesn't-have-enough-horsepower-for-me" dilemma: the aftermarket.

 

 

 

 

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Sno Pro 500 Part III

(11/2/2009)

Arctic Cat Sno Pro 500

 

Here, in Part III of the Sno Pro 500 Series, I want explain my own time aboard the Sno Pro 500, put it in a historical perspective, then perhaps challenge some of the assumptions we tend to make.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Halloween

(10/30/2009)

Eric's Pumpkin

 

 

Happy Halloween from Eric Bergstrom and everyone else on the ArcticInsider forum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craig's List of the Week 10-14-09

(10/14/2009)

Craig's list of the week Oct. 14

 

You gotta love the brutal honesty and Plan B priority of this guy. I'm hoping that he'll find a trader for the sleds and trailer, and that he'll meet the snowmobiling woman of his dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two October Days in Thief River Falls

(10/9/2009)

Arctic Cat Sno Pro 500 on the production line

 

A quick trip to Thief River Falls over the past couple days provided some cool sights and interesting developments.

 

 

 

 

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800 High Output = High Octane

(10/5/2009)

Arctic Cat 800 H.O. Engine

 

 

When Arctic Cat coaxed 160-plus hp out of its 800 laydown twin via new exhaust, pistons, cylinder porting, EFI calibration, ignition timing, APV valves and the good ol’ Greg Spaulding voodoo, it prompted the strong recommendation that owners use 91-octane fuel.

 

 

 

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Stuffed: Arctic Cat Sno Pro 500 Part II

(9/26/2009)

Sno Pro 600 production sled

 

In Part I of this series we established that the 800 H.O. and 600 consumer twins don’t fit into the Sno Pro race chassis. The question I had is, “Why wasn’t the chassis designed to accept these consumer-friendly engines?”

 

 

 

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Craig's List of the Week 9-17-09

(9/17/2009)

Craig's list of the week Sept. 17

Few sites are as entertaining and informative as the RVs section of your local Craigslist. Here is a classice example of what I'm talking about, along with my expert commentary.

 

THIS is the live link if you want to see it for yourself

 

 

 

 

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Haydays 2009 Wrap-Up

(9/17/2009)

Ron Gillund Racing the Sno Pro

 

 

The last year at its Forest Lake location was definitely one for the Haydays record books. Heat, sun and good laughs were on full-bore.

 

 

 

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For Sale: The Andy Avelis Collection

(9/16/2009)

Andy Avelis vintage Arctic Cat snowmobile collection

 

If you have a few spare dollars and would like to own what is possibly the single most valuable collection of vintage Arctic Cat snowmobiles in the world, you're in luck.

 

 

 

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Haydays 2009 Day 1

(9/12/2009)

Tucker Hibbert has little to say about ArcticInsider.

 

The biggest event in snowmobiling once again lived up to its billing, as throngs of sledders converged at the kickoff to winter. ArcticInsider was there to bring you sights, sounds and smells of this annual shindig.

 

 

 

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Imitation and Flattery

(9/11/2009)

Arctic Cat skidframe in a Polaris race sled.

 

In just his first season in the Pro snocross ranks, Polaris pilot Brett Bender scored three Open class wins, making the most of his talent, Tucker Hibbert’s hiatus and his dad Tim’s top-notch sled preparation. He also used an Arctic Cat rear suspension and track.

 

 

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Things that Make You Say, "Hmmm..."

(9/2/2009)

A three-plug head for the 1000?

 

Seen deep inside Arctic Cat's engineering department, a three-plug head for the 1000 laydown twin.

 

 

 

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The Legend Spoke

(8/26/2009)

C.J. Ramstad and his Panther

 

Two-and-a-half years ago, snowmobile legend C.J. Ramstad and the Minnesota Dept. of Tourism created this wonderful short promo film about snowmobiling in Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer in Thief River Falls

(8/13/2009)

TRF 

 

 

What does Arctic Cater/engineer extraordinaire Brian Dick like to do in his spare time during the summer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stuffed: Sno Pro Part I

(8/13/2009)

Greg Spaulding with Arctic Cat engines

 

Arctic Cat says there will be no Sno Pro 800 or consumer-friendly Sno Pro 600. The reason: not enough space for the larger engines. Can this really be true?

Arctic Cat Engine engineer Greg Spaulding, discussing the four liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine options in the Arctic Cat arsenal.

 

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