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  1. 2009 550 H1 - Changing Front U Joint

    Utility ATV repair, maintenance, troubleshooting
    I was sure puzzled when a spring came out too. It's been a number of years since I took a universal joint apart and I was quite certain there were no springs, and then I started wondering if I could have forgot. I decided that I wouldn't have forgot that. I figured it out when I saw the small...
  2. FYI: Koyo Bearing Supplier in Canada

    Utility ATV repair, maintenance, troubleshooting
    There are lots of comments on wheel bearings in this forum. Those comments made me want to purchase genuine Koyo bearings (DAC3055W) for my quad. It took a bit to find someone that could get them for me, so I thought I would pass along that information to help the next person. In Canada...
  3. 2009 550 H1 - Changing Front U Joint

    Utility ATV repair, maintenance, troubleshooting
    Thank you. Just a correction to my original post - arctic cat parts manual is accurate. I was looking at it wrong. Will see what I can do.
  4. 2009 550 H1 - Changing Front U Joint

    Utility ATV repair, maintenance, troubleshooting
    I am in the process of changing the front U-Joint. I hammered it apart in place using an air hammer. In the process of doing this, a small metallic disk and spring fell to the ground. It came from inside the front yoke (not the yoke on the engine, but the opposite one). I think it is used to...
  5. Adding Brakes to a Trailer

    Trailers
    I was wondering how hard it is to add brakes to an ATV tailer and break away kit? I currently have a single 3500 lb axle torsion flex. One of the provinces I drive through once a summer requires trailer brakes if I'm towing over 2000 lbs. I have three ATV's on the trailer, so I'm over. My...
  6. Use Caution When Buying Aluminum Trailers

    Trailers
    For a number of years I salivated over the Aluma A8816 trailers. They are 4 place ATV trailer that is 16'6" x 88", dual 2200# axles, brakes, and under 800#'s empty. However, they aren't cheap. As luck would have it, a 2008 trailer came up for sale at 40 to 50% of new price and only a 15...
  7. 2009 vs 2014 Arctic Cat 550 - What has changed?

    General ATV Discussion
    Thanks doorfx, I know this 2014 does not have power steering as it is not the limited model. I googled the closed loop EFI. I can't figure out exactly when introduced, but I think it was in the 2015 models. I'm guessing the one I will be looking at doesn't have it. Is this considered an...
  8. 2009 vs 2014 Arctic Cat 550 - What has changed?

    General ATV Discussion
    I'm thinking of driving (quite a ways) to pick up a 2014 Arctic Cat 550. I have a 2009. Did Arctic Cat make any meaningful changes to the ATV in that time? I've never seen a 2014. When I compare them, about the only difference I can spot on websites is different factory tires. I've been...
  9. Ball Joints - How Tight?

    All Other Brands Of ATVs Discussion
    Pictures of Arctic Cat Ball Joint vs Yamaha Sorry it took me so long. It looks like I made a very bad assumption i.e. Yamaha ball joints are not very similar to Arctic Cat ball joints. I suspect the Yamaha ones should be torqued to a very specific value and can be over tightened. I suspect...
  10. Ball Joints - How Tight?

    All Other Brands Of ATVs Discussion
    I'm not going to get a chance today, but I will try an get a picture and take a look at the cat as well. Sound like it was a far assumption they were similar. Thank you for for feedback.
  11. Ball Joints - How Tight?

    All Other Brands Of ATVs Discussion
    How tight should you tighten a ball joint? I have a ball joint on a Kodiak that I can just keep tightening, and tightening, and tightening until the castle nut is almost so high the cotter pin won't engage in the castle nut. I'm exaggerating a bit, but not a lot. I suspect I may need...
  12. Utility vs Sports ATV for rough trails?

    General ATV Discussion
    I live near the foothills. I have a 2009 H1 550 cc. There are steep hills so the 4x4 and front locker is nice. The clearance is nice too because there are lots of washouts on the trails. However, the trails are strewn with 3 to 4" rocks and it is a rough ride. I see Arctic Cat has a 450...
  13. Battery Questions

    Utility ATV repair, maintenance, troubleshooting
    My question pertains to a Yamaha Grizzly 450, but I suspect the answer will be independent of the brand. I frequently find the battery dead on this quad after it has been sitting. I boosted it the other day, and had my kid run it around for half an hour. When he stopped it, there wasn't...
  14. Clicking CV's - When to replace and which one?

    General ATV Discussion
    Thank you, Did the replaced rear shafts get rid of the clicking on your machine? I think I am close to the same story. 2009. I bought it in 2010 or 2011.
  15. Clicking CV's - When to replace and which one?

    General ATV Discussion
    I have a 2009 H1 550. I believe the one or both of the rear CV's are clicking. It is more pronounced when turning or in reverse. Loudest when turning left. It doesn't click with rear wheels jacked up and turning. Brake pads appear to be OK, and are not clicking like I saw on a video on this...
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