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View Poll Results: Have your drive shaft bearings failed on your Cat? Also, please comment after voting about year/mod
Failed bearing on left (speedo cable connector) side. 160 57.35%
Failed bearing on right side (chaincase side). 14 5.02%
Failed bearings on both sides. 24 8.60%
NEVER A PROBLEM with my drive shaft bearings. 81 29.03%
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post #21 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 09:40 PM
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My sleds were older 90 and 91, but no problems with either, both around 6000 miles.

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post #22 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 11:16 PM
 
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01 ZR 600 LE, 1300 miles(bought used this year). Speedo quit working, rode about 200 more miles then checked the speedo key, the bearing was gone totaly! Luckly I was able to just replace the bearing and didn't damage any thing else! Cat has used the same bearing for the last 20 years or so, you would think that they could come up with something more durable.
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post #23 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 07:19 AM
 
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Of course I've had bearings go. (440 Panther, 550 Cougar) They all wear out eventually.
I've never caused any other damage though. When the speedo goes 9 times out of 10 it's a bearing that's gone. I finish my ride, and the next day change the bearing.

What bugs me is the way A/C has the drive shaft set-up. The should be no need to remove the drive shaft just to change a stupid bearing. This is somewhere that Cat could learn from Polaris. The bearing on a Polaris can be changed on the side of the trail if need be.
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post #24 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 09:15 AM
 
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I agree totally! Given it's a wear item that will eventually need replacing. This is one area that should have been redesigned long ago.
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post #25 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 07:33 PM
 
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I agree totally! Given it's a wear item that will eventually need replacing. This is one area that should have been redesigned long ago.
No offence to anyone who might frequently change these things, I know it's no big deal BUT... are these really wear items???? As far as I'm concerned the only bearings on a snow machine classified as a wear item are the ones in the skidframe - because they are subject to abuse (climate, dirt, impact, etc...).

Before and since that ZRT I owned, I've never changed one... Maybe just luck (knock on wood) or maybe a design flaw????
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post #26 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 09:14 PM
 
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I always plan or replacing them around 4-5000 miles. Grease them every week or so and they will last. This is not only an A/C problem.
I have replaced them on my dads skidoo grand touring, and both yamahas in my shop. A buddy had one go on his mxz around 6,000 miles - in my opinion they are a wear item, just like pistons, rings, skid bearings, hyfax, etc.
I mean, come on, they are located in a very in-hospitable place, if you had as much water, ice and abuse as those poor bearings did, you would fail too.
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I always plan or replacing them around 4-5000 miles. Grease them every week or so and they will last. This is not only an A/C problem.
I have replaced them on my dads skidoo grand touring, and both yamahas in my shop. A buddy had one go on his mxz around 6,000 miles - in my opinion they are a wear item, just like pistons, rings, skid bearings, hyfax, etc.
I mean, come on, they are located in a very in-hospitable place, if you had as much water, ice and abuse as those poor bearings did, you would fail too.
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Sorry,

I stand corrected....
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post #28 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-02-2004, 10:22 PM
 
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The only way to avoid the bearing issue is to grease it after every ride, only takes a moment.

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post #29 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-03-2004, 08:03 PM
 
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Now I am starting to worry about my bearings. I'd rather fix em this summer then in the middle of the winter. I have a '98 ZRT 600, how easy is it to change these bearings out and which ones should i change while i'm in there? I am pretty mechanically inclined so i shouldn't have a problem doing it, I just have never before. Thanks guys.
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post #30 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-04-2004, 10:04 AM
 
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2000 panther 550 -- 11,700 miles no problems with bearings except for one boogie wheel. But I intend to change ALL the bearings in my machine this summer, from the jack shaft to the last boogie wheel, this is not an expensive proposition if you purchase the bearings from a industrial supplier.(under $200.00 Canadian). All the bearings are still tight but with the millage I think some preventive maintenance is in order.
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