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Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 2:26 am
by zl440catman
Anybody that owns a cat!have you ever blown out a top carrier wheel,the two that carry the track up
top of the carriage.What causes that? I blew one
out, I mean tore it up!Even the aluminum spacer that goes on after the wheel goes on,between the wheel and the bracket that bolts to the tunnel!!so
I replaced it,I even took out the row of studs on the outside where those wheels run.I heard that studs will wear out wheels faster! I'm just freaked out, going to the U.P. this winter and do
not need any problems.

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 3:03 am
by ZR500PA
lack of preventive maintance.

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 7:30 am
by M10rules
You have never repacked the bearings.

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 8:43 am
by R_TICAT
How old's the sled? It does sound like probably a bearing failure.

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 11:04 am
by zl440catman
I bought the sled 3 wks ago, it had 2400 miles on it, and needed some work its a 1999zl440,I've repalced 12 track clips, put new slides on it, and of course changed that top idler wheel, it wasnt a prevented maintance prob. I'm allways checking s**t out!! I put 205 miles on it since I bought it with 2400miles could'a been a bad bearing.

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 11:52 am
by M10rules
I do my bearings every 500-1000 miles. I had a sled do the same thing except it was also the rear wheels too. Since then I have always kept up on the bearings. (Mine went out at 4000 miles, never repacked)

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 8:31 pm
by R_TICAT
m10, those are sealed bearings. How do you re-pack them?

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 12th, 2002, 10:16 pm
by ZR500PA
Go to auto parts store and by a grease needle for the zurk fitting on the end of your grease gun. Then be careful when you insert it along the seal of the bearing, Don't over grease the bearing you could blow the seal out.

Top idler wheel on an Arctic Cat?

PostPosted: December 13th, 2002, 2:53 am
by M10rules
Go out and buy a dentist style pick. The seals come right out. Then regrease them. They come almost dry from the factory. The best ones I have seen are NTN and SKF. Both of those are OK to use new without repacking. Have a sled we repack every 1000 miles or so and it has 7600 miles with no problems.