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Old 04-26-2006, 03:43 PM   #1
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Is the motor in my 2003 FIS Auto the exact same motor as what is in the 2003 Vinson LTA-500? The LTA designates fully automatic, no shifting gears as with the Vinson LTF. Suzuki is stamped on the cylinder head of my motor. The Suzuki shop in town doesn't know but would be happy to order any parts I want.

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1. There is a Suzuki shop in town, closest Arctic Dealer is 50+ miles, so I can order the parts w/o paying shipping.

2. I was looking at online vendors and some Suzuki prices beat Arctic Cat by $20. The Arctic Cat & Suzuki Engine/Transmission microfiche diagrams are identical except the numbering & parts numbers.

Anyone know?

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Old 04-26-2006, 03:49 PM   #2
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Yes, All of the engine parts are the same.
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:10 PM   #3
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THe only things that I know of that are different on the'03s are the jetting and air boxes....for the engine/tranny combo that is.
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:41 PM   #4
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That's what i needed to know. Thank you, Del
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:43 PM   #5
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When I was searching for a spare belt, I noticed that Dayco has different #'s for their Suzuki and the A/C 500 belts. So I guess you would have to somehow confirm that the part in question is indeed interchangeable. I would suspect that all the "longblock" parts are the same.
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yupp there all the same
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Aren't they geared differently? In a magazine, a while back, I read a 400cc Head-To-Head comparison that the editors rated the Suzuki Eiger (400cc, but the same deal exists with the 4's as the 5's) as having better engine performance than the Cat 400. What's the deal? I came to 2 conclusions after reading, (i) either the editors don't know what they are talking about (or just straight out hate the Cat's which is not surprising) or (ii) the 2 machines must be geared differently. I had also heard somewhere that the Cats (around model year 2000) were geared differently than the Suzuki's, but have heard nothing since. Anyone have more info on this?
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I just saw on Carlisle's belt site, the same #'s for Suzuki and A/C. Maybe Dayco had a typo or something.
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Aren't they geared differently?* In a magazine, a while back, I read a 400cc Head-To-Head comparison that the editors rated the Suzuki Eiger (400cc, but the same deal exists with the 4's as the 5's) as having better engine performance than the Cat 400.* What's the deal?* I came to 2 conclusions after reading, (i) either the editors don't know what they are talking about (or just straight out hate the Cat's which is not surprising) or (ii) the 2 machines must be geared differently.* I had also heard somewhere that the Cats (around model year 2000) were geared differently than the Suzuki's, but have heard nothing since.* Anyone have more info on this?*
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I don't know about geared different but i do know the 500 got a power up for the 03s and from what i have herd the 400s are underpowered so it would explain cat trying to gear the 400 eiger motor differently to compensate for the cats extra weight maybe i am just rambling i don't know
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Maybe it was the weight differences that caused the cat to suffer from weaker performance
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