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Old 03-28-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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No frame ground?

Trying to hook up accessories over the weekend and realized my frame wasn't grounded! Everything works on the bike but some ground must be missing? Or is it not grounded from the factory on the '08? It's the first year of rubber mounts for the motor etc. I think. Is there a good reason not to ground the frame, like if your wiring harnes wears and touches frame etc?
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:50 PM   #2
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if no one has any reason not to I might just go ahead and ground the frame
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Go for it, shouldnt hurt nothing and make it easier to hook up accesories. I never checked for a frame ground on my 08. did you go from pos. to your frame with a voltmeter? There has to be one.
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Yeah didn't see why it wouldn't and yes I did check and for sure it's not grounded. Only owed this cat for a few months and ran across this over the weekend. All my other bikes are grounded but just wondered if any reason not to. I'll ground it tonight, thanks guys
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Arctic Cats have a closed electrical system. All electrically operated items have a wired ground with one exception. The starter motor which gets it's ground from a main cable bolted to the engine crankcase. The bikes grounds also connect to the engine case at the same point as the main cable ground.

The engine is rubber mounted so there should not be a main ground on the frame but some ground could leak if there is metal to metal contact at the motor mounts. but, it won't be constant.

There should be a black plug under the seat and another under the plastic just forward of the handle bars. they have a orange wire and a black wire. orange is switched power and black is ground. This is where you should connect accessories.

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Arctic Cats have a closed electrical system. All electrically operated items have a wired ground with one exception. The starter motor which gets it's ground from a main cable bolted to the engine crankcase. The bikes grounds also connect to the engine case at the same point as the main cable ground.

The engine is rubber mounted so there should not be a main ground on the frame but some ground could leak if there is metal to metal contact at the motor mounts. but, it won't be constant.

There should be a black plug under the seat and another under the plastic just forward of the handle bars. they have a orange wire and a black wire. orange is switched power and black is ground. This is where you should connect accessories.

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I'd recommend using a dedicated ground rather than trying to use a frame ground, to get a proper ground one would need to remove the paint on the frame to get to bare metal, which would invite rust or corrosion and could eventually lead to intermittent or complete failure of the accessory.
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Thanks guy answered my question, I didn't see where a ground could have gotten loose or fallen off so wasn't sure if it was grounded. I'll use texas's recommended ground
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