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2011 Arctic Cat 550, purchased new two months ago. A whole 130 miles currently on machine. Intermittently creating this noise while braking:


I took it in to the dealership yesterday morning. Their tech dug around in it trying to find the cause and could not. They brought in some type of specialist today who determined that the noise is coming from an improperly torqued output shaft nut. The nut was peened without the proper torque so they have to get a replacement which means that unless I want to foot the bill for express shipping, my machine will sit at the dealership for another week. :angry:

Of greater concern to me is how this could happen to start with. Yeah, I know about "human error blah blah blah" but doesn't Arctic Cat have quality control inspectors who's job it is to ensure that critical connections don't leave the factory with improper torque? This shakes my overall confidence in this machine. I'm not just riding around a farm somewhere I'm riding 30+ miles into the heart of grizzly country (just outside of the Blackfeet Reservation) and there is no mobile phone service or anyone to come looking for you if you don't make it back when expected. :angry:

My '01 500 Arctic Cat was bullet-proof that stood up to all the punishment I could ever imagine any machine suffering (I was young and dumb back then) but my '11 has been babied for break-in purposes and I haven't even taken it to a real trail yet and its sitting in the dealership repair shop for at least a week. :angry:
 

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Understandable about your feelings, but unfortunately as you say it sounds like human error. I would definately have the dealer go over the machine with a fine tooth comb, checking all nuts and bolts and fluids.
 
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