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post #1 of 15 Old 10-23-2016, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Camoplast T4S Tracks on 2013 AC 700 Diesel

Well I finally pulled the trigger on a set of TS4 tracks for my AC Diesel. Been on the fence about it a long time. I get snowed in at my house in Montana several days a year and I didn't want to buy a snowmobile just for that purpose. I also want to do some back country camping and looking forward to using it for that. Had the twin battery system installed too. Stock battery doesn't give you a warm and fuzzy feeling in the back country during super cold morning starts.

I have a few questions to help in my new winter adventuring:

one: I live at high altitude (6000') and where I want to camp this winter is (8000'). We all know these rigs come from the factory fuel starved. I need to fix this. I know there are two universally accepted techniques to fix this. adjusting the fuel screw on the pump and adjusting the screw in combination with advancing the timing. I read arguments on both sides. Does anyone have any clear instructions on this? Now that my machine is out of warranty I want to do this.

two: I bent the metal flange that welds the hitch receiver to the ATV frame. I was surprised how weak this attachment is and how easily it bent! My hitch is now bent downward about 10 degrees! I think I can bent it back ok but I need to reinforce this. Does anyone know of a retrofit plate that bolts on the hitch to strengthen it? I know I can't be the only one that had that problem? I want to pull a sled with all my winter gear into the winter camp and need a strong hitch on the Cat.
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sorry not a LOT of help here, but if it was me, I might be looking into adding a solar powered trickle charger when your in the back country, can ONLY help make sure you got power, there rather cheap and don't take up a lot of space/weight?/

just an idea here for you?
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It was an Arctic Cat official product for the 700 diesel.
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Maybe the newer ATV frames are a little different but I have put 3000lb plus boat trailer with lots of tongue weight and never bent mine. I don't use a long draw bar however.

A sled won't have any tongue weight to it shouldn't be a problem. A local welder should be able to reinforce it cheap and easy. Once you bend it back it really isn't going to be very strong.

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Yup. I was very, very surprised how easily it bent. I had a rear hitch carrier on it to carry my winter camping tent and wood stove into elk camp. The carrier, boxes and tent probably wasn't more than 80 pounds. I'd post a picture if it were easier to do on this format.
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Yup. I was very, very surprised how easily it bent. I had a rear hitch carrier on it to carry my winter camping tent and wood stove into elk camp. The carrier, boxes and tent probably wasn't more than 80 pounds. I'd post a picture if it were easier to do on this format.
I think the issue wasn't so much the weight of items, BUT the fact the leverage all that weight had on things, I do NOT think an atv should use a hitch carrier, its NO was near as strong as say a trucks, yes it can tow a bunck more weight, but its not all being supported ONLY on the mount, the tires share the load, not placing leverage on it:
better to bend it that break bigger things?
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well crap. the tracks didn't turn out so well. That was a ton of money down the shitter.

so.... the shop installed the tracks just fine. they also tried to turn up the fuel a bit and adjust the timing. Looks like they might have screwed it up a bit. The cat has NO power now. Hardly enough to turn the tracks.

Anyone in the Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington area have a diesel shop they have taken their machine to? Arctic Cat shops know absolutely nothing of these engines.

So disappointed....
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yeah that might be needed. The Cat seemed to have adequate power with the tires. I'm at altitude (6000 feet) so I'm losing a fare bit of power due to the thinner air but I was always reasonable happy with the power.

The shop did something to the engine that isn't good. It isn't making nearly the power it was before. The engine is very slow in throttle response and coming up in RPMs and sluggish to come down in RPMs. The governed RPM seems way lower than factory.

I found a Kohler authorized service center in Bozeman. Phoned them and they said they know nothing of these engines.
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