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  1. Another Family Sled Comes Home

    Posted 22 Sep 2017

    So for those who saw my post about me picking up the Jag & Lynx my Great uncle Doug sold brand new... wait until you hear this story...

    Once again, I'm browsing Facebook pages, looking at snowmobiles for sale, etc. I just recently posted my 99 ZR 500 for sale because I wanted to buy a Bearcat of some sort. Found a 98 about 500km's away from me... meh don't really wanna drive that far. Scrolled some more, then I came across a 95 Bearcat 550.

    So in 1995, Uncle Doug ordered one Bearcat as his "demo sled" for the season. He always had Cheetah's because he loved the utility sleds, so he got a Bearcat the first year they came out. At the end of the season, it was sold to a customer and away it went like dust in the wind. For those who never read my story on Doug, he was killed in a fire just a year later, so he only ever had two Bearcats; the 95 and the 96. The 96 was purchased by a gentleman in town who I believe still owns it.

    So now you see where this story is going. I took a close look at the hood on this particular 95. I noticed two white stickers, on the back of the hood, and on top of the hood. I emailed the owner and asked if he could send me a photo of those decals, because those were the same style decals he used as his "dealership" decals. Sure enough I get an email 15min later.. "Sno Runner Sales & Service, Authorized Arctic Cat Dealer". My heart quickly began racing... I started sweating... I just found one of Uncle Doug's Bearcats.

    A quick plea to the girlfriend asking for remaining funds for the sled, a 45min drive from home, and I ended up with the 95 Bearcat in the back of my truck. It still runs... only has 3000 miles on the spedo, it is solid, other than it needs some tremclad and elbow grease. I started to notice too that it still has the original Cat green AWS spindle covers, ski skins, and hood vents, which I found out, Uncle Doug installed them himself.

    I now have a very important piece to my collection, and I am looking forward to enjoy this sled in the years to come.

    Once again, a Sno Runner sled has come home.....

    SnoRunnerRacing
  2. Sleds Of Family Ties Have Come Home!

    Posted 30 Aug 2017

    Not only do I love looking around barns or fields looking for old Cats, but what I really enjoy trying to find (or in this case, retrieve) is snowmobiles that were sold by my (infamous) Uncle Doug.

    I was always limited to what I was able to buy, due to my lack of space at the time. If I had to badly buy one, one from the heard had to be let go. This year things changed. With my parents residing at a new address with a combined 65 acres of land to "store snowmobiles", I'm obviously going to take advantage of this. I mean, why not? ;)

    So far this week I've inquired about 3 sleds (whoops!) One was spotted from the road on one of my routes for work, the other two I have known about for a while. The one I spotted, a 1988 El Tigre, the owner is out of town for the week so I'm awaiting that phone call. But now the exciting part.

    I was at my mechanics shop picking up tires for my girlfriends car tonight. During the time of BS'ing about life, his dad pulled up. He used to be a farmer for many years and is now enjoying retirement. It soon struck to me that he had two Cats beside the shop that have been sitting there for god knows how long. I mentioned the sleds to him and asked if he was willing to sell them. He says "they have been sitting in the same spot for about 20 years. You make them dissapear and you got yourself a deal!" All excited, we shook hands and I agreed to pick them up in a couple days. I went to the side to go have a look at them. There was a 79 Jag 3000 FA and a 79 Lynx 2000T. Then my mouth dropped...

    Painted on the hood of the Jag is "Sno Runner, Arctic Cats Sales & Service", my Uncle Doug's old dealership! The old farmer told me he bought the pair for him & his wife brand new in 79 and only put a couple thousand miles on each of them. They have been sitting outside, untarpped, untouched for 20 years. The Jag has a seized motor but the Lynx turns free. I didn't even care about the condition, just knowing the fact that my hero, one day many years ago PDI'd these sleds for a satisfied customer & his wife so they could enjoy winter, made it all worth it!

    I will get more pics when I pick them up, but heres a start! Note the old Keychain still on the Jag

    SnoRunner
  3. 81 El Tigre 6000 Throttle Cable Cross Reference

    Posted 7 Mar 2016

    Hi guys,

    I've been on the hunt for a throttle cable for my 1981 el tigre 6000. The company that sells aftermarket sled parts in my area, Royal Distributing, sells Kimpex brand parts. They do not have a throttle cable listed for the sled, so I was wondering if anyone has a part number for a different sled that uses the same throttle cable?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Part number for the Cat cable is 0187-068

    SnoRunner
  4. 81 El Tigre 6000 Throttle Cable Cross Reference

    Posted 7 Mar 2016

    Hi guys,

    I've been on the hunt for a throttle cable for my 1981 el tigre 6000. The company that sells aftermarket sled parts in my area, Royal Distributing, sells Kimpex brand parts. They do not have a throttle cable listed for the sled, so I was wondering if anyone has a part number for a different sled that uses the same throttle cable?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Part number for the Cat cable is 0187-068

    SnoRunner
  5. Looking For Information On 1998 Zr Early Builds

    Posted 4 Mar 2016

    Hey guys,

    my Dad bought a 1998 ZR 500 Early Build, brand new from our family dealer in 1997. We have some information on it and some clues to what is different from them than the production models.

    He had heard back then they only built 1000 of them (500/500cc, 500/600cc) but we have nothing to confirm that those are the numbers.

    Does anyone on here, preferrably someone who worked at Cat during his time, have any information on this sled, specifically on paper?

    Thank you

    Kyle

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1970 Panther 399
1972 Lynx 292 (#359)
1976 Pantera 5000
1979 Jag 3000F/A
1979 Lynx 2000T
1981 El Tigre 6000
1998 ZR 500 (Early Build)
1999 ZR 500

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