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post #1 of 15 Old 08-02-2010, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hi i am new to this site and am formally a yamaha owner this is my first cat and my freinds who have cats said this was the site to come to for info but it seems that there are alot of zrt owners and zl owners and the older modles ,i hope i didn`t by a ticking time bomb or a problem sled because the last one i owned (700 viper) was good on fuel but did give me a share of problems seems i was always putting money into the sled the last time was about 400 bucks did all the drive line bearings and got about fifty miles out her before the center cylider blew up anyway enough talk about the old sled i am really excited about this zr i know right off that this sled will ride 100% better than the old one and handle better also just wish there were more zr 900 owners out there to reasure me that i have a good reliable sled .
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09-10 Mileage: 1500
08-09 Mileage: 2500
07-08 Mileage: 2700
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The 900 is a great reliable sled.......as long as it has been serviced regularly. How Many miles are on your sled? Did the previous owner blow many belts? These things are great fast machines as long as the power-valves are kept clean, the Crank is true and skid is tight. I have an 01 ZR800 with 18,000 miles on it. 10,000 miles ago I put a 900 top-end on it and a new 800 crank, and it has been almost untouchable since. I have just rebuilt it top to bottom due to a crank failure, but after 10,000 miles on a 800 crank, that was to be expected. In 03' they beefed up the crank a bit, but it would still get out of phase after repeated blown belts. My new crank has been trued, and welded. I expect another 7500 miles easy out of it now that is all back to stock.
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Thanks for you reply,the sled i have has 7000 miles on it and the previous owner had no problems with it so he told me but he did tell me that all the sevice was done by his local arctic cat dealer the sled in in excellent condition i mean it looks like a new sled even under the hood it does`nt look like 7000 miles has been put on this sled,i am hoping that i can drive it this season without doing the top end for the reason that i just bought the sled and am strapped for cash but will deffinitly do the top end for next season.

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Your past do for a top end minimum, 7000 miles is definately up there, my crank let go going 40 miles an hour, so having the crank checked would also be recommended without a doubt. I was going to wait one more season since it was my back-up sled and ended up having to do the whole deal, buy a crank, a cylinder, piston's gasquets etc. because I didn't do it. I knew better to. A high performance machine with 150 plus hp............even if the guy didn't beat on it is still a gamble to let go. You can cruise on this machine at 85 mph's only pushing 6600 rpm's, and you always are going to want to jump on it out of the whole. Just something to think about.

You can get a piston kit for about $200 and have the crank trued and welded (recommended) for about $150. Its not that big of a job to do yourself if you have the means, and then you have a sled good to go another 7000 mile....save $25 a week starting now and you will have enough to do the job before the snow flies.
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wow thanks for the info i will definitly do the top end.
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you bought the best and fastest ZR900 you could have got. chain drive is better than DD.
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These are I believe SPI Pistons, I've used them in many rebuilds with OEM results, and they are priced right.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Arctic-Cat-...sQ5fAccessories

Go to ebay and search "Arctic cat 900", there is everything you need for a rebuild. There are many places that will true and weld your crank, check your area out first.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (catspaz8 @ Aug 3 2010, 10:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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These are I believe SPI Pistons, I've used them in many rebuilds with OEM results, and they are priced right.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Arctic-Cat-...sQ5fAccessories

Go to ebay and search "Arctic cat 900", there is everything you need for a rebuild. There are many places that will true and weld your crank, check your area out first.[/b]
me too.
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Wow looks like i will be putting spi pistons in my sled,do you know if they are coated and what material the rings are(chrome,chrome moley)?,and does this company offer a gasket kit?,really appreciate the info catspaz8 this is the info i was searching for guess i was lucky you you read my post,i will keep you posted on the rebuild and try and post some pics during and after the rebuild thanks again.


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Found some psi pistons from high performance enginering for 89.00$ a peice compared to 250.00$ canadian will be putting my order in this week,i think someone on here told me to go with the oem rings can you explain to me why,are they better than the rings that come with the kit from psi just curious.

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