ARCTIC CAT, 700 4x4 Diesel

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Quigley_Sharps, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    2008 Arctic Cat 700 Diesel

    Grab hold of more power with the all-new 686cc diesel engine. This workhorse pairs more low-end torque with the durability of diesel.
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Turn the key on the Arctic Cat 700 Diesel and the glow plug lets you know something pretty cool is about to happen. As the big engine turns to life, heads turn. There’s something about a diesel-powered machine that just says, “C’mon, that all you got?” If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s based on the same chassis used by the TRV. Sure it looks like any other Arctic Cat full-size ATV, tough and rugged, but around the jobsite, farm, and military base, this one’s boss.
    The 700 twin cylinder, SOHC diesel engine provides 50% greater fuel mileage over a conventional gasoline engine and provides gobs of low-end torque. The engine runs efficiently on six forms of diesel fuel (DF 1, DF 2, DF A Arctic, JP 5, JP 8 and up to 20% Biodiesel (B20)) with a glow plug pre-heater for starting.
    If the term Biodiesel has caught your attention, Arctic Cat tested the new ATV on the alternative fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fat with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and the Minnesota Soybean Growers. “Arctic Cat was very impressed with B20,” says Ole Tweet, ATV Genral Manager. “The blend burns cleaner than conventional diesel, producing fewer carbon dioxide emissions and lower levels of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulates. That complements Arctic Cat’s stewardship goals,” Tweet says. “We’re trying to reduce the impact of our ATV’s on the environment and we like the idea of making an ATV that could run on renewable fuel grown by farmers, some of our best customers.”
    The only 3-in-1 diesel ATV on the market has numerous features to ease your work chores.
    Chief among them is the standard SpeedRack, or have your Authorized dealer transform your Diesel into a two-rider machine. Available accessories are the two-up touring seat for extended trail trips or add a heavy-duty cargo box for larger work loads. The quick pin-pull system allows removal of all accessories in a matter of seconds.
    Passengers in the two-up mode will appreciate integrated footrests for smooth and secure footing. Likewise, the foot brake system incorporates a remote reservoir master cylinder for improved feel and is complemented by floating brake calipers for added value.
    Up front you’ll notice styling cues are taken from the Cat Family for a great look. The front and rear SpeedRacks have a contoured shape and attachment mounting positions for a multitude of accessory options. An integrated winch mount makes installation of your future winch a snap, due to the location of the winch components. A digital instrument pod displays important operation information (MPH, odometer, dual trip meters, hour meter, and clock).
    An electronic 2WD/4WD switch makes going in/out of 4WD as simple as pressing a button. Start-In-Gear ability and single lever hand operated hydraulic disc brakes.
    The double A-arm front suspension and fully independent rear suspension (both with five-position spring preload adjustment) deliver 8 inches of travel and keep the rider firmly planted and comfortable. And 10 inches of ground clearance helps you clear nearly all trail obstacles. Other premium features include 25-in. Dunlop QuadMax tires, zero-maintenance suspension bushings, sealed driveshafts, large 5.5-gallon fuel tank and durable, full-length plastic skid plate.

    700 Diesel Utility ATV Key Features

    • 3-in-1 ATV
      • SpeedRack is easily removed simply by removing two quick-pull pins
      • An optional rear two-up seat can be purchased for use when the SpeedRack is not in use or, for heavier loads, a heavy-duty cargo box. The only 3-in-1 diesel ATV available
    • Two-up Riding Capability
      • Redesigned seat with better ergonomics in mind, specifically designed for two-person riding
    • Large Capacity SpeedRacks - Industry leading weight capacity and overall cargo carrying surface area allows 100 lb carrying capacity on the front rack and 200 lbs on the rear
    • SpeedRack Technology
      • Allows very quick installation and removal of a wide variety of Arctic Cat exclusive accessories without the need for tools or bloody knuckles
      • SpeedRack and its accessories add value to the machine and also enhance the efficiency of your hunting, fishing, farming, or utility chores
    • Instrument Pod - Digital Instrument pod displays 14 critical operation information indicators including clock/hour meter, fuel level, mode button, set/reset button, odometer/trip, gear position, speedometer/tachometer, needle display, differential lock, drive select, high beam, battery condition, temperature, and oil pressure
    • Protection and Low-Maintenance - Wide fenders for increased water and mud protection, a high-density durable plastic skid plate that doesn’t rip or rust, “Stick Stoppers” protect CV boots, and ATVs are outfitted with zero-maintenance suspension bushings, sealed driveshafts (front and rear), and constant-velocity (CV) joints
    • Engine Side Covers - Easily removable engine side covers diffuse sound while creating a clean appearance to the engine compartment
    • Tires - The Dunlop QuadMax tire is standard on all Arctic Cat diesel ATV’s (25 x 8-12 front, 25 x 10-12 rear) for improved traction, durability, and ride handling
    700 Diesel Utility ATV Engine:

    • 686 cc, In-line Twin, SOHC, 4-stroke, 2-valve
      • Mechanical injection for flawless operation with easy serviceability.
      • Liquid cooling system with high-capacity radiator and thermostatically-controlled cooling fan provides consistent engine operating temperatures
      • Duramatic automatic transmission with long-life maintenance-free belt
    • Fuel Types:
      DF 2 - Diesel Fuel No. 2 is recommended for normal ambient operation
      DF 1 - Diesel Fuel No. 1 is recommended for cold weather operation in ambient temperatures, which would result in DF 2 “waxing” if not used during cold weather. No degradation in performance or engine/component life
      JP 5 & JP 8 - A common turbine fuel used in all military vehicle applications
      DF A Arctic - Commonly used in areas with sub-zero ambient temperatures only
      Biodiesel - The Arctic Cat 700 Diesel runs on biodiesel blends up to 20% (B20)
    • Engine Durability - The 700 Diesel is so durable that the first scheduled engine rebuild is suggested at 10,000 hours. For the average ATV rider, that would equate to more than 100 years of riding
    • Cold Starting - Identical to a diesel pickup truck, the glow plug on the 700 Diesel preheat the combustion chamber to burn atomized fuel
    • Workhorse - The 700 Diesel is a high torque engine that produces gobs of power at low RPMs – the engine is most efficient under 4400 RPM and produces peak torque around 2250 RPM
    700 Diesel Utility ATV Chassis/Suspension:

    • Fully Independent Suspension (FIS) - Arctic Cat ATV’s have an optional sway bar available as an accessory purchase through your authorized dealer. Similar to any off-road 4x4 vehicle, eliminating the sway bar lets the 8” of front or rear Fully Independent Suspension articulate through the full range of suspension travel. This increased articulation provides full tire contact in all types of off-camber terrain. The addition of the sway bar will impact the traction capabilities; however, it will enhance flatter cornering in aggressive trail riding
    • Industry Leading Ground Clearance - 8” of ground clearance enhances the ability to navigate through mud or over large rocks, logs, and other objects encountered in rough terrain
    • 2-Inch “Automotive-Style” Receiver Hitch - This feature allows the consumer to remove the hitch from their 2” automotive receiver and install it into the ATV’s receiver hitch
    • Floating Hydraulic Disc Brakes
      • Low maintenance, positive stopping power in either dry or wet conditions
      Adjustable Shocks
      • Set the preload on the shocks to tailor the ride to individual riding styles and loads.
    • On-The-Fly Electric Shift 2WD to 4WD with Front Locking Differential - Full-lock front differential transfers engine torque to both front wheels when selected for added traction with a flip of the switch. 2WD/4WD switch is located on right-side handlebar for quick, convenient shifting in and out of four wheel drive
  3. BRONZ

    BRONZ Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    dang thats cool
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    For 10 grand it should have auto pilot.
  5. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    I like the idea of a diesel ATV a lot. Wish Polaris would put one out. I'm not a huge fan of AC.

    If the economy wasn't in such bad shape and I didn't lose my job on Friday I'd be thinking of trading my Polaris 700 in for one of the new 850's with power steering. Guess the 700 will have to do! I really hope I don't have to sell it off for next to nothing. I think I'd rather live in a tent than sell off paid for gear to pay rent. Arg!

  6. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Prayers out to you Byte.
    I think this Arctic Cat might be interesting in the SHTF times and you can find away to run it on 100% bio D which im sure you can if it can run on 20% mix.
    What do you Think M should we buy couple of these?
  7. z96Cobra

    z96Cobra Monkey++

    Polaris had a diesel quad back in the 90's. It was slow as hell but it would pull like no other! It didn't sell very well, so they stopped making it.Roger
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  8. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    At 10K you could buy one of the Kubota 2 person with a dump models. If I was going to spend that much, I would get more for the money.
  9. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    Ah yeah looks like they made a diesel through 2000.

    My 700 is a 2002(1), first year so not EFI. I do really like being able to go about 63mph! No need to do it but it is fun sometimes.


    Oh thanks for the kind words. Hopefully this is short term and things will be better by the time spring rolls around!

    EDIT: Opps year fixed.
  10. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Yeah, speed is fun. I'd rather have the ability to feed it almost anything and have it run, instead. I'm not going to hold my breath for a Yamaha Rhino diesel conversion anything soon.
  11. SuperTico

    SuperTico Yawn !

    Exactly. I have 2 !
  12. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I guess it depends on where you live.
  13. Ak4570Remote

    Ak4570Remote Monkey

    Out here everyone uses diesel and wood to heat their homes. A diesel 4-wheeler would be an great idea. I need to look into more brands and see what would work out best.
  14. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    Byte, hope things return to normal.

    I had a gas Kubota sxs, it was awesome, but the diesel had way more power, shoulda coulda woulda.
    Next time, diesel all the way.

    Stock up on fuel filters/oil filters when their cheap
  15. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    Ah you guys brought this one back from the dead! Things are good. Did wind up moving back up to MT from CO and have been working for a small family run plumbing shop since Feb '09. It's been an adjustment but I'm back near family so that's a plus.

    Still have the Polaris 700 but make less than ever so any diesel options are on the far back burner! Many other preps are far more urgent these days.

  16. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    good to hear things are improving, and you are still prepping. And glad you didn't have to sell your ride. Keep on keeping on man.
    Byte likes this.
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