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Old 01-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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How long has Arctic Cat had 4-strokes in their touring (2-up) sleds?

I am in the market for a 4-stroke 2-up and have the opportunity to get a 2006 Panther 660. My only concern is the miles on the machine and how long Arctic Cat has made 4-stroke engines for their touring sleds. I don't want to get a 4-stoke engine if it is in its first couple of years of production. Am I correct in assuning that the engine is a Suzuki engine? Thanks for any help in having me make an informed decision to purchase.
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I had a 2002 4 stroke that I put around 5000 trouble free miles on. Mine was a single seat but I think they made a 2 up version as well. Never had any problems at all and would get 20 mpg. They had plenty of power but 55 mph is about all you'll get. The engine was a Suzuki 3 cylinder. They used that engine from 2002-2006 I believe. I've read about guys putting well over 10,000 miles on these machines.
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The 660 is a 3 cylinder suzuki engine used in cars and all kinds of other applications around the world. It was the first modern 4 stroke engine used in a snowmobile, and is totally bullet proof
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They even tested them in Yellowstone in '01. They've been around for quite some time.

My '04 Turbo has 5000 miles on it and it's still going strong. My wife's '02 only has 2000 or so but it been trouble free as well.

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I will share my experience--- 04 T660 Turbo Touring , purchased when it was a year old from dealer, now has 10,200 miles, engine has not been touched since I owned it, had the valve clearance checked around 6000 miles. I think the most important thing is to make sure the engine was broke in correctly, always warmed up before getting on it (I did add a temperature gauge so I knew when the engine was warmed up, or starting to run little warm) and change oil regularly. The sad part for me is if I come to the point of buying another sled, the T660 is no longer availabe. the engine is so quiet, I had to get used to hearing sounds not heard before when riding--- skis in the snow, ice in the tunnel, being able to converse with passenger on the go!!
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Thanks everyone....1 more question.

Thanks everyone for the information. I have the opportunity to purchase a 2006 Panther 660 with about 8K miles. The miles are high, but based on your replies, that necessarily isn't a bad thing. One last question, can you install passenger hand warmers and wind deflectors to this model? Thanks again for all of your help.
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I can't say for sure if you could fit those two items. I'm thinking the Panther is the stripped down setup with out the adjustable back rest? If it is it might not be easy as the switch for the warmers is in a plastic shroud that you would be missing. The deflectors might mount to that plastic as well. Nothing is impossible though if you want to get creative.

On the machine it's self, with 8k I would be looking at two things. First is the primary clutch. The new AC clutches are tough and should last that long or longer but people can be hard on things...

The other is the skid. With 8k, if no one has done anything with it, it will definitely need some attention. Idler bearings need to be checked and I would take a good look at the hyfax as well. If the rear shock is original it most likely will need to be replaced if you want it to ride like new.

All that stuff is easy to do, either buy new wheels or replace the bearings in the wheels if they're in good shape (6004s and 6205s). With the skid out hyfaxs slide right off.

I would also check the drive bearings but in that model they have the greaseable spedo sending unit so it's not as critical as the T660s.

I check all that stuff after every season. Now I don't pull the skid out but I check every thing over real well and replace anything suspect. I hate breaking down on the trail and I hate riding worrying that something might happen...

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with 8000 miles I would replace all 4 jackshaft and drive shaft bearings for piece of mind
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with 8000 miles I would replace all 4 jackshaft and drive shaft bearings for piece of mind
x2 and your gonna have a great trail sled with a lot of miles left in it when your done, and sips gas to boot
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I added factory passanger heated grips to a 2007 Panther. I got lucky and found some wind deflectors on E Bay. They work very well.
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