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79-80 trail cats

Postby snogoer7c » October 19th, 2001, 1:57 pm

hey, i love sleddin, and my 80 trail cat isint the fastest, smoothest, best handling sled out there, when i get a job, getten a new sled is high on my priority list. i was wondering if anybody has ANY information with these sleds, past owners, anyone with thoughts or specs on it. thanks
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Postby OldCatRacer » October 19th, 2001, 3:18 pm

We sold some at the dealer I worked for years ago. I took one in '84 and had a black and green hood painted and took the blue seat and had it redone in black. Put a 1981 5000 rubber track on it and beat the living tar out of it and it held together. I almost tried to shoe horn a free air Z engine in it. They won't blow up good fan motors.
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Postby redline_junkie » October 27th, 2001, 4:20 pm

yea i have a 1981 trail cat, and refering to the previous reply, arctic cat didnt make Trail Cats in 1840. anyways.. my trail cat was a 5000 with the spirit 440 fan in it. it was an ok motor but i had alot of problems with the electrical system, the cdi box seemed to go bad often and the trail cat was one of the first with oil injection and it isnt a very good setup so beware. also the muffler in a can type and is located right in the front of the sled and when it gets hot ice and snow build up in and around the radius rods, or should i say rod. make sure the rod is cleaned often because the snow will pack in there, melt and freeze when you park it for the night. then the next day its solid ice, i broke one of the rods on mine when i was jumping some drifts and it was packed full of snow. basically an ok sled, remember, its the only production arctic cat sled that ever had trailing arms. if you have any other questions email me at the_daniel_m@hotmail.com
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Postby OldCatRacer » October 28th, 2001, 1:05 am

What I meant was a 1980 that I played around with in 84. The 340's were 3000 series and the 440's were 4000 series not 5000 like you said.
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Postby DAVERUP » November 8th, 2001, 12:04 am

You are right about the 3000 and 4000 models. I had a 3000 and it was very fast. Just kidding, it was slower than a yamaha enticer 250 that i had at the same time.
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Postby Pantera » November 9th, 2001, 5:02 am

I have one of the '79 3000 models and another one for parts. They were a good sled in their day and are still lots of fun to drive. They don't do well in deep snow though, they were built for hard pack trails. The front bellypan is very squared off and it really pushes the snow when it gets deep and there is not much track on the ground. (Same track as a Jag but with less on the ground due to the taller suspension.) I have articles and spec's for them if you are interested, just email me at home at scoutsupply@tds.net and I can send you some stuff. 1979 was only the 3000 with a 340 F/C, 1980 was both the 3000 and a 4000 with the 440 F/C and then in 1981 it was only the 4000. Same motors at the Jag's also, very dependable.
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Postby snogoer7c » November 21st, 2001, 3:42 am

thanks for the posts, hey pantera, you think you could mail me some stuff on the cat? any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks

*This Message was edited on 21-Nov-01 10:36 AM by snogoer7c*
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