Thanks for all your advice. Popular opinion says it is a float problem. I will check that out tomorrow but while working on it today we discovered something else. You all know how the fuel pump is under the seat right? Well the hose leading off of that to the carb is leaking...no...pissing...at the clamp on the end. Thus the reason why I have been smelling so much fuel and burning 6 gallons every two weeks. But, that wouldn't contribute to the problem would it? Unless the fuel spraying out was enough to prevent it from going to the carb?
. This is my first Cat so I am learning as I go. None the less, I will replace that hose and clamp tomorrow and still look into the float issue.
As far as the seafoam goes, does it really harm it to put a can in every tank?? Just up the street is a riding park called DeepWater and a couple years ago we ran into a couple old boys who suggested it and we have tried to do it since. I have never noticed any difference but that doesn't mean there isn't anything going on underneath that I'll find out about later. Thanks for suggesting that might be a problem, as I never knew it could be.
We have even talked to other riders at DeepWater who suggested doing a can of SeaFoam AND something called Miracle Oil with each tank but never really gave that a second thought. I never added anything to the gas in my Big Bear as it is mostly for farming anyway.
I can't help thinking if I did something when I drown the Artic Cat in the river this past Summer. We drained alot of water out of it, went through a couple plugs in a few weeks, and several quarts of oil and filters, but it eventually started running normal again. I am beginning to think I missed something somewhere. I don't know.
And one last thing, does anybody else's have a rattling (almost knocking) underneath it when you get in the gas and then in idol damn near sound like it has a whining to it? Dealership said every Arctic Cat he has ever sold does it and not to worry about it. But I have never been one to take a dealer's word for anything.
I must say, despite the current situation, overall I have been very happy with my Cat. I know several Honda and Big Bear Riders who have said I made a mistake, but the thing is great when it's running at it's best. My Big Bear will always hold a special place in my garage, but the Arctic Cat is loads of fun also.