Here are some additional updates to the 2013 line of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, focussing on 800-model electric start; wheel placement in F-model rear suspensions; the new “flat top” tunnel on ProCross machines; and gearing changes to XF models.
Yes, electric start will be a reality on 2013 models equipped with the 800 2-stroke engine, as well as an accessory option for all 2012 800 models.
By utilizing a decidedly robust system that incorporates a secondary support bracket (shown in yellow), a high-torque starter motor, larger pinion gear mass (with stiffer pinion spring), Arctic Cat achieved the durability they targeted in addition to producing quieter operation.
In some snow conditions the 2012 “concave” tunnel on ProCross models delivered outstanding engine cooling because of its ability to capture snow. But in other conditions, that same design increased the formation of ice build-up.
For 2013 Arctic Cat is incorporating a flat top tunnel design like that on its ProClimb models.
In addition to the flat top tunnel, a new flat rear heat exchanger mates flush with the bottom of the tunnel, whereby heating the tunnel enough to restrict ice build-up.
I know some riders have questioned if there will be some time of optional kit or solution for 2012 models, but at this time I don’t have an answer. If something becomes available, I will absolutely post the information pronto.
By their very nature, XF model snowmobiles aim for a middle ground between trail and back-country performance. On the 2012 models, Arctic Cat opted for gearing ratios that corresponded to boondocking and back-country riding, which produced better slow-speed “crawling” but that limited top-speed.
For instance, the 2012 XF800 was geared for a theoretical top-speed of 92 mph at full shift. Of course, it’s capable of a lot more speed than that and, as it turned out, more owners wanted higher top-speeds than they did deep-snow or boondocking performance.
For 2013, Arctic Cat has geared-up the XF models for higher theoretical top speed. And yes, owners of 2012 models can update the gearing on their machines.
To improve hyfax wear on all ProCross F models, a set of idler wheels in the rear suspension have been relocated from below the front-arm shock to behind where the front arm mounts to the rails. This too is something that can be updated on 2012 models.
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