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How They're Made: Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

10/2/2018 8:11:00 AM

A SUPER cool video that shows the highlights of how Arctic Cat snowmobiles are produced, including the St. Cloud Engine Facility and final assembly in Thief River Falls, Minn.

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New Ranch Edition Model Joins 2019 Prowler Pro Line-Up

10/1/2018 12:27:00 PM

2019 Prowler Pro models from Textron Off Road

In addition to the new Prowler Pro Crew models, Textron Off Road today announced the addition of a Ranch Edition model to the Prowler Pro line-up for 2019. It's the machine on the right in the above image, and it gets EPS, 14-inch machined aluminum wheels with 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, a premium cut and sewn bench seat, LED accented halogen headlights, a hard top, 4,500-lb. WARN winch, front brush guard and rear bumper. It comes in Atomic Copper.

In the four months since TOR officially unveiled the 2019 Prowler Pro models, they've quietly and smoothly become instant favorites.

Click HERE to read my review of the machines.

Then make the jump to read the latest news on the full line for 2019.

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2-Row Crew! New 6-Passenger 2019 Prowler Pro Crew Models

10/1/2018 12:27:00 PM

2019 Prowler Pro Crew from Textron Off Road

New 2-row, 6-passenger Crew models join the Prowler Pro line-up for 2019, bringing added versatility to a family that started a quiet revolution.

Click for the details on the newest models from Textron Off Road.

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ALPHA Walks on Water

10/1/2018 7:16:00 AM

When you get the hottest sled in the world and can't wait for snow...

One thing is for sure: the new Arctic Cat M 8000 ALPHA ONE walks on water.

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Legends Gather (Four Years Later): Team Arctic Sno Pro Reunion 2.0

9/27/2018 1:33:00 PM

Team Arctic Sno Pro reunion 2.0. Photo by Jim Dimmerman.

Four years ago the core of Team Arctic's legendary Sno Pro team reuinited for the first time in more than three decades.

Larry Coltom, Dave Thompson, Bob Elsner, Jim Dimmerman, Roger Skime, Bill Ness and Bill Decker gathered, told stories and relived a part of their lives that was as magical as it was magnificent. 

Well, they did it again a few weeks ago...this time in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

And once again Dimmerman takes us there and shares the story with us.

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Arctic Cat Reflects on Tucker Hibbert's Legendary Career

9/26/2018 8:52:00 AM

Tucker Hibbert and Roger Skime, circa 2002. Photo by

Tucker Hibbert's career on the racetrack and with Arctic Cat is the stuff of legend. On the heels of his announcement to retire from professional snocross racing, several people Arctic Cat offered their reflections on his historic career.

Click to read about it (as well as the announcement that Tucker will be at the New Hampshire grass drags next weekend).

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Team Arctic is the Stock Answer at 2018 Hay Days Grass Drags

9/26/2018 8:41:00 AM

Team Arctic drag racers conquered 2018 Hay Days grassfest.

Team Arctic drag racers kicked some bootie at Hay Days earlier this month, winning 10 classes including three of four Stock classes.

Click to see what Cat has to say about it, along with the 33 podium finishers.

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So Rad! Destination Elevation: Backcountry Backyards

9/25/2018 1:33:00 PM

So Rad! If you aren't already feeling it, the second edition of Destination Elevation (Backcountry Backyards with the Black Cats) will switch your head into snowmobiling.

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Flashback: Jan. 17, 2010. The Day Ekre (Could Have) Won the I-500

9/24/2018 2:46:00 PM

Team Arctic Cat's DJ Ekre, 2010 USCC I-500, photo by

Who: DJ Ekre

What: Day 3 of the 2010 USCC I-500 cross-country.

When: January 17, 2010.

Where: One mile from the first fuel stop just outside of Goodridge, Minnesota

One of the best cross-country racers of the era, Ekre was on the cusp of what would have been his first-ever win in the I-500 XC. He led after day one, and again after day two. Heading into the first of two fuel stops on the final day, Ekre’s lead was several minutes. But his date with destiny would soon unravel, in the form of track failure.

In a cruel twist of fate, the Ripsaw track on Ekre’s sled ripped lengthwise in two areas, effectively ending his race at the halfway point of the final day. The same fate befell his teammates Cory Davis, Ryan Simons and Chad Kyllo.

It was a heartbreaking end to Ekre’s I-500, a race that he was never able to claim during an otherwise storied career.

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Sled Review: 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited

9/20/2018 10:06:00 AM

2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited sled review by

Last winter I got cozy with a 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited. is exactly what you'd expect from a machine that's seen continuous improvement and upgrades over the past six years.

Click for a reveiw.

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Junker Sled Weekend: Greatness in Three Lakes, Wisconsin

9/20/2018 9:38:00 AM

This is on my bucket list for the coming winter.

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Hay Days 2018 Recap: They Came, They Saw, They Loved It

9/14/2018 9:31:00 AM

2018 Hay Days. Arctic Cat, snowmobiles and people.

The 2018 edition of Sno Baron's Hay Days extravaganza came in like a '03 Firecat and left like a 9000 turbo. And somewhere in the midst of the high speed whirlwind of horsepower, thousands of snowmobilers paused long enough to soak in a just a bit of the sport's biggest, loudest, rockingest, stinkiest, drinkingest, coolest, craziest and mostest event.

Here's just a sampling of what happened in the first three minutes of the weekend...

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The Sick Edit: Groove on the New Arctic Cat M 6000 ALPHA ONE

9/11/2018 7:57:00 AM

Enjoy 60 seconds of backcountry groove with the all-new M 6000 ALPHA ONE.

Want the hard facts, specs and story about it? Click HERE.

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Hall of Famers: 2019 SHOF Inductees & Your Invitation to Fun

9/11/2018 6:36:00 AM

2019 SHOF inductees

I'm telling you, the Annual Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) induction ceremony and Ride With The Champs (RWTC) weekend in St. Germain, Wis., is an incredible weekend of people, history, stories, riding, laughter and even a few tears.

The inductees for 2019 are: Dick Bahr, Team Goodwin, Jim Kedinger and Todd Wolff.

They along with dozens of past (and future) inductees, as well as a couple hundred fans of the sport, will make St. Germain the epicenter of snowmobile history Feb. 15-16, 2019.

Click to read a brief bio of each, as well as details about the upcoming event.

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Just Released: 2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC Cross-Country Racer

9/10/2018 1:24:00 PM

2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC cross-country racer

Arctic Cat unveiled the new 2019 ZR 6000R XC cross-country racer at Hay Days. Not a lot of new stuff, but some nice upgrades for Team Green racers who want the latest-and-greatest.

Click for a quick recap of all the details.

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Just Launched: 2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX Snocross Race Sled

9/10/2018 1:23:00 PM

2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX snocross race sled

When you pretty much conquer every single snocross class the season prior, you can be forgiven for not completely reinventing a new snowmobile for the upcoming season.

Still, Arctic Cat did NOT rest on their laurels for 2019, as evidenced by the all-new ZR 6000R SX snocross race sled unveiled this past weekend at Hay Days.

They added the Dual Stage Induction (DSI) system to the C-TEC2 engine, made new forged aluminum spindles while retaining last year's outstanding geometry, recalibrated the FOX shock package, fixed a bunch of little gremlins and more.

Click to read the goodness.

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Just Released: Arctic Cat 2019 M6000 ALPHA ONE

9/10/2018 1:19:00 PM

2019 Arctic Cat M 6000 ALPHA ONE

Arctic Cat unveiled three new 2019 snowmobiles at Hay Days this past weekend, one of which is the M6000 ALPHA ONE, which features the stunning single-beam rear suspension and track system that has pretty much revolutionized backcountry riding since it's debut last spring.

It's little surprise that Cat will equip an M6000 with the new ALPHA ONE system, complementing the M8000 version. In presenting the newest machine at Hay Days on Saturday, Arctic Cat reiterated that it's aimed at riders who are looking to learn and hone their backcountry skills.

Click for the whole scoop.

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More Badass: 2019 Wildcat XX Models

9/10/2018 11:37:00 AM

2019 Wildcat XX Models from Textron Off Road

The most badass handling off-road side-by-side blasts into 2019 with more power, more options and more comfort.

I'm talking about the race-winning Wildcat XX from Textron Off Road. Now with 130-hp naturally-aspirated.

Plus a new Limited Edition model that features a factory-installed SSV® premium audio system features marine-grade integrated amp, two Kicker® speakers, custom enclosures and wiring harness. The system is controlled with a Bluetooth® controller and LCD display that includes an AM/FM tuner and AUX input.

Click to serve up some badassedry.

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And There Were Three: A Trio of Havoc SxS Models

9/10/2018 11:20:00 AM

2019 Havoc, Havoc X and Havoc Backcountry from Textron Off Road

Textron Off Road just announced some new-for-2019 side-by-sides, including what is now a trio of Havoc play/work crossover machines.

The all-new Havoc base model and Havoc Backcountry Edition join the Havoc X in the performance/play/work/do-it-all category.

Click for pix and info.

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Pump Away

9/6/2018 3:10:00 PM

Cold weather hand pump for...snowmobiles?

"Decide which hand you want to use, and pump away."

There you have it.

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