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So. If any of you saw another thread of mine you would remember that I was trying to decide between a 2015 AC 550 XT, and a 2015 Polaris Sportsman. Then I threw Yamaha Kodial into the mix. Then I changed my mind on new and looked at used TRV and used Polaris Sportsman. Then I found a wicked deal on a 2010 CanAm Outlander 800, and was too late pulling the trigger on that. Needless to say, I am committed to buying, but found it difficult to actually commit to buying!! In the end I ended up buying a 2007 Arctic Cat 500 in showroom condition from an acquaintance of mine. 2,000 km on the machine and I know its upkeep was impeccable. After each ride he would wash it, shine it, and spray underneath with rust check. So it's like a new 2007 machine.

Some questions. I've read a ton on ATVs over the last couple of months. I am not new to atving, I've been at it since the 3-wheelers were made. But I've only ever owned Honda. One thing I have not been able to confirm is what type of engine. I suspect it is a Suzuki engine, but not 100% positive.

Are there any issues with this particular year/model that I should be aware of (bevel gears, axles, etc.)

This thing is a DOG to steer (27" Mudlite XTR). Is there an aftermarket power steering unit that I could get. My very petite wife has to be able to drive this thing.

Any more info or advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.

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I had the same machine. Get a set of steerlites from RTR a vendor on here and your wife will have no problem. My wife is small as well, and loves to drive.
I even put a steering stabilizer on to help with steering and it was a really nice improvement.
It is a Suzuki Vinson engine and they are bulletproof. Most of the bevel gear issues were with the manuals and big tires, and lack of thumb control. Mine was the most dependable atv I have ever owned. Zero issues !
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The steerlites are a great mod. Many of us have them installed. They are new upper a-arm bushings that change the geometry slightly and reducing steering effort.

Uping the PSI in the front tires helps too.

I think you made a great purchase. The engine is as reliable as anything on the market, big racks with lots of attachment options & great ground clearance.

The stiff shocks are great for working, hauling and plowing. Not a plush trail ride like a Can Am or Polaris. Play with the adjustments to find what works best.

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Gentlemen, I am delighted with your responses!! I am glad it's a Suzuki engine, and I am glad that there is a MUCH cheaper option to address the stiff steering. Thanks very much.

I still regret not getting the CanAm - mostly because it was a great deal, but at least i know where this bike came from, and is in mint condition. Also, I've never had a diff locker, but have been in many places where a diff locker would have come in handy. A typical ride for me is about a 6 hour day in which I hit a bunch of different terrain: water, mud, lots of bog, trail, fairly steep rock climbs, etc.

How deep can this bike go without snorkelling. No matter where I go I will hit water and mud to at least the tops of the tires. I will definitely snorkel eventually, but in the meantime what is a "safe" depth?

Again, thanks to all.

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I bet doorfx nows what year they changed the factory intake/airbox design. If it's the old style the air intake box sits atop the radiator feeds cold air to the airbox and clutch.

I put a snorkel out the side by the shifter on the 650V2. I learned the hard way the old design becomes a problem crossing a V shaped water hole. I had a lot of time in the mud and water prior and the stock setup had been fine. Tire deep isn't a problem and you can go deeper if you keep the nose up.

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Firecat, do you mean that the old style is good for tire deep, the newer style, or both. Thanks.

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Well....pm'd RTR, received a reply within 10 minutes, steerlites ordered!! Awesome!! Thanks guys!!

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Yes old style donut above the rad. 2008 was the start of the switch over. Check and or replace all your duck bills on your intake snorkel exhaust snorkel and bottom of your airbox

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Firecat, do you mean that the old style is good for tire deep, the newer style, or both. Thanks.

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I believe the new style to be better. The old style was fine for most situations if you keep the front of the machine up.

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