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post #1 of 11 Old 11-16-2009, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Sled: 2002 Arctic Cat ZR 600 EFI CCE
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Anything got anything good or bad to say about these sleds???

ZL 500 light weight case reed twin 1999

Any recalls?

Going to fast for ya?!
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-16-2009, 09:55 PM
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Hi,

I've got an 01 ZL500 EFI. Very fun sled. Not the fastest sled out there by any means but quite snappy none the less. Nice trail sled. No recalls that I know of. Normal sled troubles, clutch, drive shaft bearings, etc. Just dropped over $700 into mine, some needed, some for fun. Keep finding little things to fix. It's got around 3000 miles on it. Hope this helps.

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Sled: 2001 ZR 600efi
I had a 99' ZR 500. It was a great sled. It's still in the family as I sold it to my cousin dirt cheap to get him back into the sport.

Check with your local dealer. THere was a service bulletin on the 99' 500 which changed the requirement to 91 octane (your book says 87.)

THe only real problem I had was a blown head gasket.


Looking to buy for 2001 ZR800: center bellypan/skidplate,




2001 ZR600efi extended to 136"
1999 ZR500efi- SOLD and died an untimely death
1996 ZR580efi- RIP Died an untimely death
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-17-2009, 01:15 PM
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nice fast 500

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good, fast sled. Sucks the gas back good though

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ArcticWolf 24 @ Nov 17 2009, 01:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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good, fast sled. Sucks the gas back good though[/b]
I'll 2nd that. Even taking it easy. 12-13 mpg tops. Gotten as bad as 7-8 mpg.
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who cares about gas when your having fun
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ga2001532 @ Nov 17 2009, 09:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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who cares about gas when your having fun[/b]
You will someday. Add a couple more years onto that 17 and I think you'll care. I didn't care when I was 17 either.
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who cares about gas when your having fun[/b]

I would have to agree. I didnt buy a sled to save gas. Its recreation and part of the deal. The 500 is a great sled, I had a 99 ZR500, and my wife rides a 98 ZL. You wont be dissapointed.
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I had a 2001 ZL 500 ESR for one winter. Nice enough riding and handling sled. My 18 year old son loved it. 2 things I didn't care for were how loud it was with the stock pipe, and the high clutch engagement, around 5000 RPMs. My preference would for be a bigger engine with exhaust valves. Lots more pleasant riding something with more torque.
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