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So Much to See at the 2014 Outlaw Swap & Drags in Princeton, MN


8/26/2014 8:07:00 AM

2014 Outlaw Rum River snowmobile swap meet. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The snowmobile season officially started for the several thousand people who came to the Rum River/Outlaws Swap Meet and Grass Drags in Princeton, Minn., last weekend.

Click to see some pix.

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An Inside Look at Arctic Cat's Commitment to Quality


8/25/2014 4:43:00 PM

Get an in-depth look at Arctic Cat's commitment to quality with this cool and interesting video that was originally produced for their 2015 Snowmobile Dealer Show.

While the focus here is snowmobiles and engines, the same intentional focus on quality is also utilized in the development and production of ATV and side-by-side machines.

Lot's happening in this video, I watched it twice!

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Spot ON! Arctic Cat Nails It with Waiting For Winter Video


8/25/2014 4:32:00 PM

Once again, Arctic Cat nails it with a great Waiting For Winter Guy piece!

Enjoy.

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TGIF: The Aug. 22, 2014 Edition


8/22/2014 9:19:00 AM

Another sweet TGIF machine on arcticinsider...um, yeah.

I'm thankful for the wind-in-my-hair feeling I get while floating over yonder hill and dale (I just wish I could see where we were going).

I'm thankful for the versatility offered by the accessory Wing Kit (part # 5205-393, $395.95 U.S./$525.95 Canada).

I'm thankful that Yeager will attempt to beat the sound barrier instead of me.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

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Kirk Hibbert's I-500-Winning 1993 Arctic Cat ZR 440


8/18/2014 11:07:00 AM

Kirk Hibbert's 1993 Arctic Cat ZR 440 I-500 winner. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The 1993 Arctic Cat ZR 440 (and 580) are among the all-time great snowmobile model introductions. The competitive achievements of this first-year model set the tone for one of most commercially successful machines in Arctic Cat history.

Aboard these purpose-built machines, Team Arctic racers rode roughshod over the competition in cross-country, snocross and oval events.

Kirk Hibbert's victory in the St. Paul to Thunder Bay I-500 cross-country was perhaps the most significant win for a ZR that season.

This is that sled.

Click to see some pix and read a little about it.

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TGIF: The Aug. 15, 2014 Edition


8/15/2014 10:06:00 AM

Tom Shiflet vintage snowmobile cross-country trip.

I'm thankful for the fame and notoriety I received for driving my Chappy snowmobile across the U.S. during the summer (the babes weren't too bad either).

I'm thankful for the rugged dependability of my Rockwell engine and PolyTrac track.

I'm thankful for the stop I made in Cheyenne, Wyo., to get these sweet cowboy boots.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, August 15, 2014.

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Bubble Sled: Some Ask, "Why Not?"


8/13/2014 8:29:00 PM

Vintage snowmobile with bubble kit.

Some inventors ask "Why?"

Others ask "Why Not?"

I'm not sure what question to ask about this craigslist-of-the-month find.

Boy in the bubble?

Really, REALLY love the smell of 2-stroke?

Click for a few more great images.

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Production! The 2015 Arctic Cat Tucker Hibbert Edition ZR 6000 RR Models


8/11/2014 5:50:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert and the TH edition 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 RR production.

Last week Arctic Cat built the 2015 Tucker Hibbert Edition ZR 6000 RR models in Thief River Falls.

Tucker stopped by to check out the process, fist-pump some of the people doing the assembly, snag a sweet pair of safety glasses and place a "SOLD" tag on one of the machines for himself.

Click to see a few pix.

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TGIF: The Aug. 8, 2014 Edition


8/8/2014 10:48:00 AM

Ronald & Nancy Reagan hit the gas on a snowmobile.

I'm thankful that Ronald and Nancy Reagan agreed to test-ride my snowmobile (before he became President).

I'm thankful he ignored his conservative nature and simply went full-throttle.

I'm thankful Nancy and my wife eventually shut their mouths.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

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Warning: Be Careful When Jumping Personal Watercraft


8/4/2014 9:18:00 PM

This video is a great reminder to be careful when jumping personal watercraft.

By the way, I'd bet that no mention was made of this little incident when the throttle jockey returned the rentals.

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TGIF: The Aug. 1, 2014 Edition


8/1/2014 9:48:00 AM

TGIF: Eat my dust and suck my snowmobile's smoke.

I'm thankful it's August and the summer snowmmobile drag season is upon us.

I'm thankful for the RUSH I feel when dragging on a cig while also dragging my sled.

I'm thankfull all those suckers behind me are eating my dust.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

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USXC Update: Laying the Foundation for the Winnipeg-to-Willmar I-500


7/31/2014 3:12:00 PM

The USXC Racing crew prepares for the 2015 I-500 cross-country.

It's been a busy summer for the crew at USXC Racing as they lay a successful foundation for the upcoming Winnipeg to Willmar I-500 cross-country.

Occasionally Brian Nelson, USXC director, sends me an email with updates on their progress (and the considerable work required).

Click to read the incredible foundation being laid for this historic race.

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Vintage Road Trip Part Two: Randy Springer's Arctic Cat Collection


7/29/2014 8:09:00 AM

Randy Springer's collection of vintage Arctic Cats. Photo by ArcticInsider.com.

Part two of the Vintage Road Trip to Wisconsin had Tom Rowland, Jim Dimmerman and myself making an impromtu visit with vintage Arctic Cat collector Randy Springer at his shop in Wausau.

The stuff we saw of Randy's was thrilling, surprising and enlightning.

And as was the case throughout this trip, it had us laughing and grateful fo

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TGIF: The July 25, 2014 Edition


7/25/2014 9:01:00 AM

TGIF: the plaid hunter's club of vintage snowmobilers

I'm thankful I bought the sled on the extra-early spring program, because we used the CatCash to buy matching jackets.

I'm thankful I opted for the touring model featuring the 4-up seat, tall windshield and fiberglass overload springs.

I'm thankful Hank brought his rifle and pistol.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 25, 2014.

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Vintage Road Trip Part One: Back to CPC


7/24/2014 1:23:00 PM

Vintage sled road trip with Jim Dimmerman & Tom Rowland.

Recently I joined my friends Tom Rowland and Jim Dimmerman on a 2-day road trip to Wisconsin whose theme was "1982 prototype snowmobiles" from Arctic Cat and Scorpion.

During the trip we revisited CPC; uncovered a '82 Scorpion snowmobile; snagged a proto '82 Arctic Cat; met with Arctic Cat collector Randy Springer; and had an enlightening conversation with Gordon Rhode.

It was a road trip of epic laughter and education.

Click to read part one of the trip.

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July Download: All-New Arctic Cat Snowmobile Accessories


7/23/2014 2:31:00 PM

New Arctic Cat snowmobile clothing and accessories.

Once a month Arctic Cat distributes info to the media highlighting select new products.

This month the batch includes the Cat-to-the-Core leather jacket, Mountain Tec gloves, ProClimb boards and half-covers.

Make the jump to see and read about them.

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Remembering my Great Uncle, Doug Hofland


7/21/2014 9:13:00 AM

Arctic Cat racer and dealer Doug Hofland. Photo from Kyle Hofland.

Once in a while I hear a story of an Arctic Cat rider's passion for snowmobile, and it moves me to tears.

This story from Kyle Hofland about his great uncle Doug (above) is one such story.

Click to read a truly wonderful story about passion and family ties.

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TGIF: The July 18, 2014 Edition


7/18/2014 10:12:00 AM

TGIF: The flying Scorpion sand and snowmobile. By ArcticInsider.com

TGIF: The flying Scorpion sand and snowmobile. By ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful that when the snow melts to reveal the sand dunes, my trusty steed is ready to adapt via a front-end-wheel kit.

I'm thankful I can scout out the sweetest sand cornices and jumps and, once identified, that I can air it out while wearing my straw hat.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 18, 2014.

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Aired Out: Update to 2015 Arctic Cat 6000/8000/9000 models


7/16/2014 10:19:00 AM

New side panel vent on select 2015 Arctic Cat snowmobiles. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat announced an update to the side panel on all 2015 ZR, XF and M models in the 6000, 8000, and 9000 engine series.

The revised side panel features a new external duct that directs more air onto the clutches, reducing their operating temperatures.

Click to breeze through some more info and pix.

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Race-Ready: Updates to the 2015 Arctic Cat ZR4000RR


7/15/2014 8:01:00 AM

Testing the TEAM driven clutch on a prototype Arctic Cat ZR4000RR. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat updated the 2015 ZR4000RR with new, race-focused features aimed at higher performance and improved handling.

It gets the TEAM driven clutch, wider A-arms and new skis.

Click for more detailed information.

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