I haven't really done squat to the Cat since any updates here, needless to say it was long overdue for some maintenance beyond oil changes LOL.
My frame has been bent in the front for at least 5 or 6 years now causing funky steering geometry above 25mph. It accidentally got squished between 2 pine trees out on the trail it didn't fit between. Ever since, I've had a saved search on ebay for arctic cat 700 diesel frames. A 2014 brand new frame popped up a few weeks ago for $600 so I grabbed it! With the new frame, I figured it was a good time to do;
Dual battery conversion
All ball joints
All cv boots/diff seals/fluid changes
Oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, and plugged pcv port on intake manifold with a 1/4" npt plug
Both u joints
New set of maxxis bighorn knock offs in 26" vs the old 28" tires
New turbo oil and coolant lines
All new filters
All control arm bushings
Prepped for adding second rear brake caliper, just waiting on hose/fittings to get here.
Got it done today and WOW! Engine is so much smoother, the handlebars don't try to rip themselves out of your hands anymore at random going down the trail, and the bike is just overall much tighter and not sloppy feeling anymore. It was a ton of work, but it should be good to go for a long time now
Only difference of the 2014 frame was they changed the front gastank mount. So I cut off the new style mounts and cut the ones off my old frame. Cross tube is still exactly the same.
Balancing the injectors, forgot to snap a pic of the complete setup, hands were covered in diesel haha.
Back out in the wild!