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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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I cannot believe that a company like Arctic Cat would build a machine and have such a stupid starter. When the motor is warm and I start it, the starter will kick out once there is any kind of release in tension on the flex shaft. Not a big issue but it forces you to "bump" start the unit until is catches.
I talked with the dealer and he says that is just the way an Arcti Cat is and replacing the starter would not accomplish anything.
Can this be true and is anyone else having this problem? If so, what can one do about it?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 12:29 PM
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Pull start it. A warm engine should start with an easy tug on the rope. Bumping the electric starter will only put additonal wear and tear on the system, which is unecessary.
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I understand that but, I did pay extra for an electric start machine and it really should work as it should. Other than the starter issue my Z570LX is a very nice machine.
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Cat just likes to be diferent

Sometime its good to be diferent other times not

btw sounds like a common problem with the Cat Flex drive starts

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I never had that problem on my King Cat, I had the shaft snap, have to replace it now though seeing as shes for sale

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I understand that but, I did pay extra for an electric start machine and it really should work as it should. Other than the starter issue my Z570LX is a very nice machine.
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I was expecting to hear that arguement. This starter system works the way it does. If you really want it to work the way you want it to, or think it should, then you will most likely have to buy a different sled, with a different electric starter system design. Cat may have developed this design because it might be more universal, or easily adapted to different engine and chassis combos, which means lower cost. It may also allow the starter motor to be placed for better weight distribution. Whatever the reasons, I doubt you will ever be able to get the system to perform any differntly than it does, for any extended period of time. Electric start seems to more trouble than it is worth in most cases, except four stoke engines. Don't expect your starter to be anything other than what it is.
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I never had that problem on my King Cat, I had the shaft snap, have to replace it now though seeing as shes for sale[/b]
You got ELECTRIC START on your King Cat?

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I am keeping this in mind as I search for a second sled for the upcoming season. I just love the bright orange color of the Arctic Cat and will just have to live with this problem.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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I am keeping this in mind as I search for a second sled for the upcoming season. I just love the bright orange color of the Arctic Cat and will just have to live with this problem.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Well, Y'know if it is not the electric start it will be something else. They're all good, and they're all bad. Just keep brining more sleds to Florida!
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I have electric start on two of my cats and have had no problem at all out of them,,,

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