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Bearcat 3000 LT first ride impressions

So we got dumped on with 16+ inches of snow on Tueday and we got a chance to take the Bearcats out for a spin. My wife liked how quite it is and the lack of smell but does not like the engine braking feel when you let off of the gas.

I really like the tractor like feel/control of the throttle, can go very slow easily and it is quite at low speeds though going faster it is quite noise through the vent in the top of the cowling. I also agree the engine braking is anoying but I think Ill get used to it and it isnt as obvious when your going fast.

I also did some grooming with it and it did amazingly well, I rode out and packed the trails then went and rode elsewhere for about 30 min and I came back and groomed. Towing a 4ft wide pipe drag it pulled it easily, I even when up a hill that normally I can only drag with the skandic the first time down.

I did smell the belt a little on and off so wondering if its geared a tad high, thinking for the club bearcat which will spend its life groooming if we want to gear it down a bit.

Also, the vent in the cowling, does anyone know if that can be blocked to reduce noise?

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Also, the vent in the cowling, does anyone know if that can be blocked to reduce noise?

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You can replace that vent with a Goggle Bag from the Arctic Cat accessories. I have not tried it on the 3000 but on other models it reduced noise, so it should have the same result on the 3000.
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So we got dumped on with 16+ inches of snow on Tueday and we got a chance to take the Bearcats out for a spin. My wife liked how quite it is and the lack of smell but does not like the engine braking feel when you let off of the gas.

I really like the tractor like feel/control of the throttle, can go very slow easily and it is quite at low speeds though going faster it is quite noise through the vent in the top of the cowling. I also agree the engine braking is anoying but I think Ill get used to it and it isnt as obvious when your going fast.

I also did some grooming with it and it did amazingly well, I rode out and packed the trails then went and rode elsewhere for about 30 min and I came back and groomed. Towing a 4ft wide pipe drag it pulled it easily, I even when up a hill that normally I can only drag with the skandic the first time down.

I did smell the belt a little on and off so wondering if its geared a tad high, thinking for the club bearcat which will spend its life groooming if we want to gear it down a bit.

Also, the vent in the cowling, does anyone know if that can be blocked to reduce noise?

~ Phil


That's awesome. For smelling the belt make sure that it's riding correctly in the secondary. It's amazing how much the belt will stretch. It's easy to adjust the belt with the shims that are available in your tool kit. Ours stretched to the point where it eventually wouldn't pull itself without smoking the belt. My son didn't notice it until it was to that point. I bet yours needs just a tiny adjustment. You'll get used to the engine braking torque of the 4stroke and actually come to use it to your advantage. I'm envious of the snow you guys got. We got rain here and it took all the snow away to the point that we can't ride. Still lots of winter left here though.


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Hi thanks for the tip ill look in the tool kit. We had no snow locally (coastal maine) but this storm put us back to riding least this weekend. Great snow up north.

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That's awesome. For smelling the belt make sure that it's riding correctly in the secondary. It's amazing how much the belt will stretch. It's easy to adjust the belt with the shims that are available in your tool kit. Ours stretched to the point where it eventually wouldn't pull itself without smoking the belt. My son didn't notice it until it was to that point. I bet yours needs just a tiny adjustment. You'll get used to the engine braking torque of the 4stroke and actually come to use it to your advantage. I'm envious of the snow you guys got. We got rain here and it took all the snow away to the point that we can't ride. Still lots of winter left here though.


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Absolutely, adjusting the height of the belt in the driven clutch will make a big difference.

I also noticed that AC clutches like to be cleaned often. I use a simple hot water and soap mix, take the belt off and clean the clutches with a ruff sponge. Did this twice this season after pulling bogeys and drags for a few hours, with great results.
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Absolutely, adjusting the height of the belt in the driven clutch will make a big difference.



I also noticed that AC clutches like to be cleaned often. I use a simple hot water and soap mix, take the belt off and clean the clutches with a ruff sponge. Did this twice this season after pulling bogeys and drags for a few hours, with great results.


That's an awesome tip! Not my sleds need to have this done. What kind of soap are you using?


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Absolutely, adjusting the height of the belt in the driven clutch will make a big difference.

I also noticed that AC clutches like to be cleaned often. I use a simple hot water and soap mix, take the belt off and clean the clutches with a ruff sponge. Did this twice this season after pulling bogeys and drags for a few hours, with great results.
Thanks foe the info!

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That's an awesome tip! Not my sleds need to have this done. What kind of soap are you using?


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Just regular Dawn dish soap. I dont even remove the clutch from the machine. Just slip the belt off, scrub the inside of the plates with the soap and hot water and then rinse, then dry with a dry cloth. Super easy and the sled feels much better after.

Towing some weight at slow speeds for long periods of time leaves some belt rubber and dust on the clutches, and that is what the 'washing' will remove.
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You can replace that vent with a Goggle Bag from the Arctic Cat accessories. I have not tried it on the 3000 but on other models it reduced noise, so it should have the same result on the 3000.
Thanks ill look for one.

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I got to takr the clubs Bearcat out grooming last night,works great though i do smell belt burn every once in a while. I think dropping one tooth in the top gear will improve tee hat issue, need to run about 8 to 10 mph and its hard to stay at or below 10. Only reving about 3400 at 8mph.

Another issue, my bearcat when i stop the headlights go out, once i put the gas on and it revs a bit they come back on. I was thinking this must be a feature, but the clubs bearcat does not do this.

Anyone elses do this?

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