Recently read an article in Sno Tech about how Textron got rid of some higher paid employees in the sled department. I don't agree with this, and don't think Textron is good for Cat. ( didn't work at Polaris years ago) However if these executives and employees of 20-40 years at Cat would have done their job over the years Cat wouldn't have had to sell the company!
I've been riding Cats since 1968 and I am no expert on this, but we all know about the issues the sleds have had.
All the sled builders have had their problems-a new engine comes out and there are piston, bearing, overheating, ect. problems.Cat seems to do a pretty good job with that, but what about all the other issues? Talk to any ex-Cat rider and ask why he switched brands. Recoil problems,axle bearings,electric start,reverse,electrical issues,ect. So it seems that Cat has finally adresed these issues. But the big 3 reasons they switched brands (from folks I talk to) are egged out rails,junk stators and drive clutches, all expensive to fix and left un-fixed for years. I have worked on all the major brands and never understood why Cat drive clutches (from 80's and 90's) wear out 3-4 times faster than the others.It could have been something so simple as to add more length to the main shaft, or balance them better, or just use better materials, but they just refused to fix the problem for WAY to many years.I don't know why the Suzuki stators did not last, but they sure as hell were not cheap to replace! The egged out rails could have been changed so easy to last, but once again were just ignored for way to long. I have a 2015 ZR (and I love it) and it seems that most of these issues have FINALLY been fixed, but it's to late. Ex-Cat riders seem to all be Cat haters now. So all you ex Cat over paid executives and employees know what the problems were. My question to you, is why did you not fix them before it was to late? Could it be greed? LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!!!