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Arctic Cat TRF Times: October Edition

10/10/2010 8:45:00 AM

One Millionth Arctic Cat in lobbyI'm back from a few days at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls. As usual, there's always fun stuff and great people to see.

See for yourself.






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Why So Few Wild Custom Sleds?

10/5/2010 4:17:00 PM

Green like an Arctic Cat

Will future Arctic Cat snowmobiles look anything like this?

Will wild, custom sleds become popular like their motorcycle counterparts?







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Brian Nelson is Getting Ready for the I-500

10/4/2010 9:29:00 AM

Arctic Cat racing legend Brian NelsonTeam Arctic racing legend Brian Nelson is back at it. Literally.

He's race-prepping three 1979 Arctic Cat el tigre Cross-Country Cats for the vintage class in upcoming USCC I-500 cross-country.

I spent a day in his race shop. Click to see the pix.



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147-MPH in the Quarter-Mile

9/27/2010 1:30:00 PM

Team Arctic Cat speedmen

Yet another quarter-mile speed record for Billy Howard, Glenn Hall and the D&D crew:

147 mph with a 8.57-second ET!

Click to see the video.





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The Allure of Night Rides

9/25/2010 11:40:00 AM

Night eyes

Of all the riding I've experienced in my many, many years of snomwobiling, two of my favorites are nighttime and being lost.

Read why.





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An "Ouch" Moment from the I-500

9/22/2010 1:35:00 PM

This brief moment, from what appears to be the 2000 I-500 cross-country, illustrates the importance of paying attention to the double-down arrows. And to ALWAYS throttle-back when you see someone pointing a camera at you.

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Team Arctic Crushes Haydays & More

9/22/2010 11:14:00 AM

Arctic Cat racers owned Haydays

Arctic Cat had a pretty amazing Haydays grass drag performance... on the same weekend that Billy Howard set a new speed record for a stock sled.

Click to read it.





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New EVOL Upgrade Kit for FOX Float shocks

9/17/2010 12:41:00 PM

FOX EVOL Upgrade Kit

I saw a lot of cool stuff at Haydays, including this sweet, $350 FOX EVOL upgrade kit that's seems aimed at Sno Pro-package Arctic Cats.

Click to learn about it.





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Why is Jim Dimmerman Smiling?

9/16/2010 8:28:00 AM

Team Arctic legend Jim Dimmerman and his el tigre triple

Why does 1984 World Champion and Team Arctic legend Jim Dimmerman have such a huge, sheet-eating grin on his face?

Answer: Look closely at the engine that's stuffed into his 1979 Arctic Cat el tigre.









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Haydays 2010: What You Might Have Missed

9/13/2010 7:42:00 AM

A short wait in traffic

Didn't make it to Haydays 2010 (either because you didn't go or weren't willing to wait in traffic for a couple minutes...)?

Here's some of what you would have seen, had you arrived.





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Video of the 1 Millionth Arctic Cat

9/7/2010 8:54:00 AM

Here's a cool, short video of the 1 Millionth Arctic Cat sled being built.

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From Sweden to Haydays

9/6/2010 6:45:00 PM

L-to-R: Team Arctic Swedish Draggers Patrik Löfdahl, Henrik Nordenskiöld and Mats Lager

Beginning today, three passionate snowmobilers from Sweden will experience a whirlwind adventure in Minnesota in order to race an Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 this coming weekend at the Haydays Grass Drags in North Branch, Minn.

Click to read their short story, in their own words.



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1 Millionth Arctic Cat Snowmobile

8/27/2010 10:42:00 AM

1 Millionth Arctic CatOn Thurs., Aug. 26 in Thief River Falls, the 1 Millionth Arctic Cat snowmobile rolled off the assembly line since Arctco returned to business in 1983.

It was a great reason to celebrate.





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Why the Smoke During Start-Up?

8/21/2010 10:08:00 AM

Is this what they mean by 2-Stroke, Cold-Smoke?

Q: When I fire up my 2010 F8 in the morning, it seems VERY rich and smokes heavily. It never fouls a plug. And once it is warmed up and "cleaned out,” it runs fine.

What’s up… is this is the way it’s supposed to be?

A: Click to read




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Engine Speculation: What Does "Some" Mean?

8/16/2010 3:58:00 PM

Arctic Cat Engine production in St. Cloud

Chris Twomey: We will transition fully away from Suzuki in the 2014 model year and we will make some of our own engines in St. Cloud in that year.”

Stock Analyst: There will be other engines outsourced elsewhere?

Chris Twomey: (There) could be, yes.



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More New 2011 Prowler & ATVs

8/6/2010 10:14:00 AM

2011 Arctic Cat 1000 LTD

Arctic Cat just released a new batch of 2011 Prowlers and ATVs.

Here's the skinny.








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RZ... ZRX...Sno Pro... What New Model Name?

8/3/2010 9:54:00 AM

New model Arctic Cat Snowmobile?

How does "ZRX" sound as a new snowmobile model name?





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Q&A with Team Arctic's Dan Ebert

7/29/2010 3:53:00 PM

Team Arctic's Terrain Racing Pro, Dan Ebert

Team Arctic's Dan Ebert had a stunning debut as a Pro racer last season, taking a handful of podium positions in ISOC snocross and his first  “career cornerstone”: a win at the coveted USCC I-500 cross-country.

I talked with the 22-year old from Lake Shore, Minnesota, about it. Click to read the interview.







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Why Tracks Failed During the I-500

7/27/2010 12:14:00 PM

The heartbreaking sight of a contender loaded into the back of a pickup.

At the 2010 USCC I-500, a handful of top Team Arctic racers were “taken out” of the race due to track failure.

I talked with Rod Foss, Arctic Cat engineer who oversees track development, to learn what happened to these tracks.

Click to read about it.




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Jeff Tweet's Custom ZR450 ATV

7/12/2010 4:16:00 PM

Jeff Tweet and his custom ATV

Jeff Tweet built one of the coolest custom ATVs I've seen, utilizing a ZR 900 engine that he cut in half to create a 90-hp EFI single.

Click to check it out.





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