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    Default Arctic Cat mechanic needed

    I'm looking for someone who is a good mechanic to work on my 96 Bearcat 340. I'm pretty sure it is the throttle control switch. Prefer someone in the Willow area or willing to travel here. I would like to get this done soon so, I can get back to my remote cabin. Any referrals appreciated. Thanks
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    Dang....Willow is forever away. Whats the symptoms? I may be able to help but this weekend I should be a little further north, trying to finalize plans now.

    I have a parts sled sitting here.

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    I have a 97 bearcat 340 and had some throttle problems I thought this past weekend , I got it figured out on redshirt next the next day. Good luck


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dupont Spinner View Post
    Dang....Willow is forever away. Whats the symptoms? I may be able to help but this weekend I should be a little further north, trying to finalize plans now.

    I have a parts sled sitting here.

    It's been running fine and starting right up. Went to start it up in the morning and wouldn't start. I hooked up the emergency bypass throttle it felt like it was going to start and no go. I can't figure it out. This sled is like brand new
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy82Hoyt View Post
    I have a 97 bearcat 340 and had some throttle problems I thought this past weekend , I got it figured out on redshirt next the next day. Good luck


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    Thanks, how did you figure it out?
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    Got spark?Gotta narrow it down some. The Throttle position switches on the BCs are notorious for wearing out and then giving you intermittent problems such as backfiring and cutting out at lower speeds. The bushings get worn and allow the throttle to slop about engaging the TPS when it shouldn't, best thing is to just bypass it and avoid these problems. If your TPS is shot, you might have really flooded the engine while trying to start.
    Those are usually dead reliable machines.
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    Thanks Yukoner, you are probably right. I hooked up the bypass thing to it and it almost started. I'll pull the plugs and dry them and try it again.
    JOHN

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    Problem solved, I just went out, pulled the plugs and cleaned them good. Pulled the cord 2 or 3 times, replaced the plugs, gave it one squirt and started on first pull. Thanks again, I am back in business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaska4ever View Post
    Thanks, how did you figure it out?
    I see you fixed it, congrats. I pulled my plugs and cleaned them. Drained the carburetor and started up and ran smooth no more cutting out.


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    [QUOTE=Andy82Hoyt;1452222]I see you fixed it, congrats. I pulled my plugs and cleaned them. Drained the carburetor and started up and ran smooth no more cutting out.


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    Seems it's always the simple things that you don't think of. Thankfs
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    Out of curiosity, have you ever replaced the jack shaft and drive shaft PTO side bearings? The drive shaft bearing especially can fail on you at the worst times. Best thing is to pull the dust covers on the sealed bearing and keep them well lubed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    Out of curiosity, have you ever replaced the jack shaft and drive shaft PTO side bearings? The drive shaft bearing especially can fail on you at the worst times. Best thing is to pull the dust covers on the sealed bearing and keep them well lubed.
    I just bought this machine and it is in showroom condition with only 1600 miles on it. You could eat off the machine, it's so clean and was well cared for. I am the 3rd owner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaska4ever View Post
    I just bought this machine and it is in showroom condition with only 1600 miles on it. You could eat off the machine, it's so clean and was well cared for. I am the 3rd owner.
    Was that the one on CL where the engine compartment looked new?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    Was that the one on CL where the engine compartment looked new?
    Yep, that's the one
    JOHN

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaska4ever View Post
    Yep, that's the one
    Good catch. I would have bought it if I was closer. Great machines, I have 97 340. It'll last you forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    Good catch. I would have bought it if I was closer. Great machines, I have 97 340. It'll last you forever.
    Thanks, I had a 95 about 20 years ago, a twin to this one only not in as good shape. I sold it for $800 when I left the village I lived in. When I saw this one, I couldn't pass it up. They are a great all around machine. I do wish it had reverse, I'm pushing 70 and a little bit of a pain lifting the back when I have to.
    JOHN

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    You could order up a reverse for it. Mine has the mechanical reverse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    You could order up a reverse for it. Mine has the mechanical reverse.
    That's a possibility, might look into it and see if affordable.
    JOHN

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaska4ever View Post
    That's a possibility, might look into it and see if affordable.
    A big upgrade for the older BCs, especially if they have reverse, is to upgrade the skis. I put some SkiDoo Pilot skis off a Skandic on my 440 BC, and it made a big difference. In reverse, the older BC skis would just dig in. Not good. The rockered Pilots with the up-swept tail help ride the ski up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    A big upgrade for the older BCs, especially if they have reverse, is to upgrade the skis. I put some SkiDoo Pilot skis off a Skandic on my 440 BC, and it made a big difference. In reverse, the older BC skis would just dig in. Not good. The rockered Pilots with the up-swept tail help ride the ski up.
    The person I bought it from, just put a new set of composite skis with new skegs. This machine turns on a dime.
    JOHN

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