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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 07-29-2003, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking at buying one of these 2 sleds. A 1997 ZRT 800, or a 1997 MACH Z.

I can't decide which to get and can't find any reviews or anything to compare the 2.

I like the mach z because it is supposed to have a lot of power, but it doesn't have nearly as much suspension travel. How does the ZRT 800 compare in power ? I know it has quite a bit of travel and that might be the deciding factor.

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Oh boy is this going to be a debate starter!!! I don't think anyone would say the doo rides better. The 97 cats were the first year for the ETT rear suspension giving much more suspension travel. YOu can also add coupler blocks to it easily. I'm not familier with the 97 mach as to wether it's a 780 or 809 motor. Both sleds have close to the same power. If it was my money I'd go for the cat as parts are everywhere for them and they are a awesome all around package!!!

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I would go with Cat just for the ride quality for top speed i think the mach z might have it because of less suspention therfore sitting lower to the ground more lake racer style.As for trail riding and then hitting the lakes i think the suspention goes to cat.if your trail riding. if just racing friends on the Ice i may lean towards the Mach z! TOUGH choice!!! Both very nice old school muscle machines!
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yeah i would say both of these sleds are nice. i have always liked the 97`s both cat and bomb.the only thing i find is that the cat does seem older. (older looking). as far as power well it will go to the machz hands down. the 97 does have the 809. they really are a good running sled. the 97 machz is more comparable to the 97 tcat. now with that being said its really a matter of preference. you could always get some 900 or 1000 cylinders for the cat....hehehe.

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thats almost a toss up, i would go with the cat. because like everyone has said, they r a better trial sled. the doo chassis in that year with heavey of engine/with triple pipes wasnt much of a sled when it came to hitting the trials hard. just my .02. i am sure someone will think different.
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Would like to know if it is the 780 or 809??????????????
a 1997 would be an 809.

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weasil, this should have a poll on it, make things a bit easier for u when trying to figure out howmany r for which sled.
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As most said, if you are using it as a trail sled, then yes the Cat.
if you are using it for power then the Mach Z As MachZ69 says. the Machz is more in tune with the Tcat when it comes to the power issue.


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As most said, if you are using it as a trail sled, then yes the Cat.
if you are using it for power then the Mach Z As MachZ69 says. the Machz is more in tune with the Tcat when it comes to the power issue.
Agreed. But the ZRT 800 is no slouch. When I first rode my '95 I was only used to 500-600 cc twins. I thought the 800 was going to pull my arms out of the socket, I had a grin from ear-to-ear. My '95 is probably pretty close to a '97 Mach Z as far as the rear suspension goes and on rough trails it's a back breaker.

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I just sold my 97 Mach last winter and can tell you a bit about it. The sled pushes real bad in the corners and takes a strong man to really ride it hard through the tight twisties, also the suspension is ok at best, if you ride mainly gromed trails or lakes then it will be fine but if your trying to keep up with your buddies on MXZ's then your in for a real workout. But on the other side it's super fast, stock for stock the Mach will eat the ZRT no problem. If you want a fast sled and don't care about getting pounded to death on the rough trails then get the Mach, thats my opinion hope it helps.

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