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Just Released: 2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC Race Sled

2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC race sled. Photo at

Arctic Cat debuted its 2017 cross-country racing whip at Hay Days this past weekend. As the defending champion of pretty much everything in USXC racing, the ’17 ZR 6000R XC is not a machine that’s resting upon its laurels.

New for this coming year:

Push-button engine reverse, dual halogen headlight (2-bulb), front bumper,

adjustable handlebar, deluxe digital gauge, electric gas gauge, low oil light,

coolant overheat light, coolant temp, intake air temp, low fuel light, high/

low hand & thumb warmers, accessory outlet, race-height windshield,

tether switch, handlebar pad

• Gen II body plastic with improved access, improved venting,

and improved installation and removal

• Rear tunnel cooling system

– Front and rear tunnel coolers are separated

– New tunnel assembly (required for new cooling system)

– Tunnel cooler with incorporated tunnel strip protectors

– New rear tunnel/stud protector kit

– New coolant fitting and hose assembly

• Improved chain tensioner arm and pad for increased durability

• Revised TEAM drive clutch hardware and components for improved durability

• TEAM TSS-04 driven with torsion spring capable for improved backshift and performance

• Revised pipe covers for improved heat retention

• Seat base and mounting for improved attachment

• Revised spindle machining for increased strength

• New hand warmers for improved durability

• Rear belt bag for increased storage

• FOX 1.5 ZERO QS3-R Kashima coated, coil-over ski shocks

• Arctic Cat built C-TEC2 engine with dual stage injection and electronic oil pump

• ProCross chassis with additional reinforcements for the rigors of cross-country racing

• 43.5-in. wide Arctic Race Front Suspension

• Stationary clutch guard with spare belt mounting

• Offset ski spacers for adjustable ski stance

• 2.86-in. pitch 8-tooth track drive shaft for added ground clearance

• 2.86-in. pitch 129 in. x15 in. x1.25 in. Cobra track

• Torque overload sensing (TOS) bottom chain sprocket for eliminating spike loads into the drivetrain

• Borg Warner chain and sprockets for reduced stretch, lower friction, and increased strength

• Revised chain case mounting and fasteners

• Race-proven brake caliper and pads for improved wear and increased stopping power

• Brake pads friction material has changed back to T-124 for increased pad life

• High-grip seat cover with race comfort foam

• Race-proven SLIDE-ACTION Rear SuspensionTM with 7-position rear coupling for a wide range of transfer control

• Rail allows for additional mounting holes for front arm shock (ice racing)

• Revised rear shock valving for improved handling and increased rebound control

• Fully clipped Cobra track for improved ice racing performance

• New ECM map for improved durability and performance

• Lightweight exhaust system

• New lightweight/high-strength handlebar for reduced weight


2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC race sled. Photo at

Specifications below:

2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC race sled specifications. Photo at



  1. Would love to have the new bodywork vs my current ’15 R-XC. Interesting that the Team secondary is noted as being torsional capable…there must be some good top end to be gained. John can you shed any light on this? Also do you know if previous year TSS-04s can be converted to torsion?

    Also notable is the additional cooling capacity. I imagine the last couple low snow winters and brutal iron dog conditions contributed to that change.

    The gray color seems divisive so far, but I like it. Though I do think a few shades darker would have made a huge difference and avoided the “primer” gray comments.

  2. In my opinion, this is one of the nicest machines on the snow for trail riding.

    Wide ski stance, longer front arm on rear suspension, the best stock shock package on any stock sled (probably ever).

    This and the pro x are my favorite. The color looks good on person.

  3. I picked this sled up in February 2018. I put 500 miles on it in about a month. I absolutely love this sled!!! Can’t wait to ride it again next season.


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