Arctic Cat DVX 300 Operator`s manual

300 UTILITY
DVX 300
! WARNING
UNDER
16
Operating this ATV if you are under
the age of 16 increases your chance
of severe injury or death.
NEVER operate this ATV if you are
under 16.
Do not remove this Operator’s Manual from this ATV
according to the guidelines and agreement with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Read this manual carefully.
It contains important safety
information.
Your ATV can be hazardous to
operate.
A collision or rollover can occur quickly,
even during routine maneuvers such as
turning and driving on hills or over obstacles, if you fail to take proper precautions.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE WARNINGS CONTAINED IN THIS MANUAL CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH.
For your safety, it is important to understand and follow all of the warnings contained in this Operator’s Manual and the
labels on your ATV prior to riding.
For your safety, it is important all operators be properly trained to operate an
ATV. Training is available: U.S. owners,
call 800-887-2887; Canadian owners,
call 613-739-1535.
This Arctic Cat ATV Operator’s Manual
should be considered a permanent part of
the ATV and must remain with the ATV
at the time of resale. If the ATV changes
ownership more than once, contact Arctic
Cat Inc., Service Department, P.O. Box
810, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, for
proper registration information.
Pour votre sécurité, il est importante que
tout opérateur est formé correctement pour
opérer un VTT. Un cours d’instruction est
disponible: pour les propriétaires canadiens, composez le 613-739-1535.
Particularly important information is distinguished in this manual by the following notations:
Labels should be considered as permanent parts of the ATV. If a label comes off
or becomes hard to read, contact your
Arctic Cat dealer for a replacement.
!
The Safety Alert Symbol means ATTENTION!
BE ALERT! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
! WARNING
WARNING indicates a hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, could result in death or
serious injury.
CAUTION
CAUTION, without the safety alert symbol, is
used to address practices not related to personal
injury.
 NOTE:
A NOTE provides key information to make procedures easier or more clear.
California Proposition 65
! WARNING
This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California
to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Foreword
Congratulations and thank you from Arctic Cat Inc. for purchasing an ARCTIC
CAT® All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Built
with American engineering and manufacturing know-how, it is designed to provide superior ride, comfort, utility, and
dependable service.
You have chosen a quality Arctic Cat
ATV designed and assembled to give
dependable service. Be sure, as the
owner/operator of an Arctic Cat ATV, to
become thoroughly familiar with its basic
operation, maintenance, and storage procedures. Read and understand the entire
Operator’s Manual before operating the
ATV to ensure safe and proper use of
your new Arctic Cat ATV. Always operate the ATV within your level of skill and
current terrain conditions.
Some illustrations used in this manual are
used for clarity purposes only and are not
designed to depict actual conditions.
Because Arctic Cat Inc. constantly refines
and improves its products, no retroactive
obligation is incurred.
Parts and Accessories
When in need of replacement parts,
oil, or accessories for your Arctic Cat
ATV, be sure to use only GENUINE
ARCTIC CAT PARTS, OIL, AND
ACCESSORIES. Only genuine Arctic Cat parts, oil, and accessories
are engineered to meet the standards and requirements of your
Arctic Cat ATV. For a complete list
of accessories, refer to the current
Arctic Cat ATV Accessory Catalog.
To aid in service and maintenance
procedures on this ATV, a Service
Manual and an Illustrated Parts Manual are available through your local
Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
This Operator’s Manual is furnished to
ensure that the operator is aware of safe
operating procedures. It also includes
information about the general care and
Arctic Cat and the ATV Safety Institute
maintenance of your ATV.
recommend that all ATV operators ride the
Carefully read the following pages. If appropriate-sized ATV according to age.
you have any questions regarding this
Speed
ATV, contact an authorized Arctic Cat
Age
ATV dealer for assistance. Remember, Category (Years) Limitations NOTES
(MPH)
only authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealers
Operate
have the knowledge and facilities to pro12 or 15 - Limited Under
Y-12+
Adult
vide you with the best service possible.
Older 30 - Maximum
Supervision
Protect Your Sport
• Know all local, state/provincial riding
laws,
• Respect your ATV,
• Respect the environment, and
• You will gain the respect of others.
T-14
G&S
Operate
14 or 20 - Limited
Older 30 - Limited Under Adult
38 - Maximum Supervision
16 or According to
Older Local Regulations
—
We also advise you to strictly follow the
recommended maintenance program as
outlined. This preventive maintenance
program is designed to ensure that all
critical components on this ATV are thoroughly inspected at various intervals.
All information in this manual is based
on the latest product data and specifications available at the time of printing.
Arctic Cat Inc. reserves the right to make
product changes and improvements
which may affect illustrations or explanations without notice.
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Table of Contents
Foreword .................................................. 1
Parts and Accessories............................ 1
DIVISION I - SAFETY
ATV Safety Alert ...................................... 4
Rider Training Course ............................. 5
Hangtag & Warning Information ............ 6
Warning Labels (Utility) .......................... 7
Warning Labels (DVX) ............................. 8
Warnings ............................................. 9-16
Prevention......................................... 17-21
Safe Riding Clothing and Gear........... 17
Condition of the ATV........................... 18
TCLOC ............................................. 18
First Aid and Survival ......................... 20
Active Riding ......................................... 22
Sound Judgment .............................. 23-27
Environment ....................................... 23
Those Around You .............................. 24
Equipment .......................................... 25
Load Capacity Ratings ....................... 25
Personal Choices ............................... 26
SIPDE............................................... 27
Supervision............................................ 28
Taking Responsibility .......................... 28
Inexperienced Riders........................ 28
Experienced Riders .......................... 28
DIVISION II OPERATION/
MAINTENANCE
ATV Specifications ................................ 29
Location of Parts and Controls (Utility) ...30
Location of Parts and Controls (DVX)......31
ATV Operation .................................. 32-42
Basic Operating Maneuvers ............... 32
Starting the Engine........................... 32
BONEC............................................. 32
Starting A Cold Engine ..................... 33
Handling the ATV (Active Riding
Techniques) ........................................ 35
Tips..................................................... 41
General Information ......................... 43-52
ATV Identification Numbers ................ 43
Ignition Switch Key ............................. 43
Control Locations and Functions ........ 43
Indicator Lights (Utility) ....................... 46
Indicator Lights (DVX)......................... 47
Speedometer/LCD (Utility).................. 47
Gas/Vent Hoses.................................. 49
Carburetor Float Bowl Drain ............... 49
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Oil Level Inspection Window............... 49
Seat Latch .......................................... 49
Safety Flag Bracket ............................ 49
Rack Loading (Front and Rear) - Utility...49
Trailering and Towing (Utility).............. 50
Transporting ATV ................................ 50
Gasoline-Oil-Lubricant........................ 50
Engine Break-In.................................. 52
Burnishing Brake Pads ....................... 52
General Maintenance ....................... 53-67
Maintenance Schedule ....................... 53
Cooling System .................................. 54
Shock Absorbers ................................ 54
General Lubrication ............................ 55
Hydraulic Brakes................................. 57
Brake Fluid........................................ 57
Brake Hoses ..................................... 57
Brake Pads ....................................... 57
Brake Lever Lock .............................. 57
Protective Rubber Boots..................... 58
Battery ................................................ 58
Spark Plug .......................................... 61
Engine Idle RPM Adjustment.............. 61
Throttle Cable Adjustment .................. 62
Air Filter (V-Belt Housing) - Utility ....... 62
Air Filter (V-Belt Housing) - DVX......... 62
Air Filter (Engine)................................ 63
Air Filter Housing Drain Tube.............. 64
Drive Chain (DVX) .............................. 64
Tires.................................................... 65
Wheels................................................ 65
Muffler/Spark Arrester ........................ 66
Light Bulb Replacement ..................... 66
Fuses.................................................. 67
Tools ................................................... 67
Preparation for Storage ........................ 68
Preparation after Storage ..................... 69
Maintenance Record ............................. 70
Limited Warranty ................................... 71
Warranty Procedure/Owner
Responsibility.................................... 72
Arctic Cat ATV Emission Control
Warranty Statement........................... 73
U.S. EPA Emission Control Statement/
Warranty Coverage - ATV (U.S. Only) ...74
Arctic Cat Emission Control System
Limited Warranty ............................... 75
Declaration of Conformity .................... 76
Change of Address, Ownership, or
Warranty Transfer .............................. 77
Identification Numbers Record ................
Inside back cover
DIVISION I - SAFETY
An ATV Is Not A Toy And Can Be
Hazardous To Operate.
• Always go slowly and be extra careful
when operating on unfamiliar terrain.
Always be alert to changing terrain
conditions when operating the ATV.
• Never operate on excessively rough,
slippery, or loose terrain.
• Always follow proper procedures for
turning as described in this manual.
Practice turning at slow speeds before
attempting to turn at faster speeds. Do
not turn at excessive speed.
• Always have the ATV checked by an
authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer if it
has been involved in an accident.
• Never operate the ATV on hills too
steep for the ATV or for your abilities.
Practice on smaller hills before
attempting larger hills.
• Always follow proper procedures for
climbing hills as described in this
manual. Check the terrain carefully
before you start up any hill. Never
climb hills with slippery or loose surfaces. Shift your weight forward.
Never open the throttle suddenly or
make sudden gear changes. Never go
over the top of any hill at high speed.
• Always follow proper procedures for
going down hills and for braking on
hills as described in this manual.
Check the terrain carefully before you
start down any hill. Shift your weight
backward. Never go down a hill at
high speed. Avoid going down a hill
at an angle which would cause the
ATV to lean sharply to one side. Go
straight down the hill where possible.
• Always follow proper procedures for
crossing the side of a hill as
described in this manual. Avoid hills
with slippery or loose surfaces. Shift
your weight to the uphill side of the
ATV. Never attempt to turn the ATV
around on any hill until you have
mastered the turning techniques
described in this manual on level
ground. Avoid crossing the side of a
steep hill if possible.
• Always use proper procedures if you
stall or roll backward when climbing a
hill. To avoid stalling, maintain a
steady speed when climbing a hill. If
you stall or roll backwards, follow the
special procedure for braking
described in this manual. Dismount
on the uphill side or to either side if
pointed straight uphill. Turn the ATV
around and mount following the procedure described in this manual.
! WARNING
• Always check for obstacles before
operating in a new area. Never
attempt to operate over large obstacles, such as large rocks or fallen
trees. Always follow proper procedures when operating over obstacles
as described in this manual.
• Always be careful of skidding or sliding. On slippery surfaces, such as
ice, go slowly and be very cautious in
order to reduce the chance of skidding or sliding out of control.
• Never operate an ATV in fast flowing
water or in water deeper than the
footrests. Remember that wet brakes
may have reduced stopping capability. Test your brakes after leaving
water. If necessary, apply them lightly
several times to let friction dry out the
pads.
• Always be sure there are no obstacles or people behind you when you
operate in reverse. When it is safe to
proceed in reverse, go slowly. Avoid
turning at sharp angles in reverse.
• Always use the size and type tires
specified in this manual. Always
maintain proper tire pressure as
described in this manual.
• Never improperly install or improperly
use accessories on this ATV.
• Never install a twist grip throttle on
this ATV.
• Never exceed the stated load capacity for an ATV. Cargo should be properly
distributed
and
securely
attached. Reduce speed and follow
instructions in this manual for carrying cargo or pulling a trailer and allow
greater distance for braking.
• No one under the age of 16 should
operate this ATV. Some operators at
the age of 16 may not be able to
operate an ATV safely. Parents
should supervise the use of the ATV
at all times. Parents should permit
continued use only if they determine
that the operator has the ability to
operate the ATV safely.
FOR
MORE
INFORMATION
ABOUT ATV SAFETY, call the ATV
Safety Institute at 1-800-887-2887
(U.S.) or 1-613-739-1535 (Canada).
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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ATV Safety Alert
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has concluded that ALL-TERRAIN
VEHICLES (ATV’s) may present a risk
of DEATH or SEVERE INJURY in certain circumstances. Accidents may occur
for many reasons:
*** Over 2497 people, including many
children, have died in accidents
associated with ATV’s since 2006.
*** Many people have become severely
paralyzed or suffered severe internal
injuries as a result of accidents associated with ATV’s.
*** Every month thousands of people
are treated in hospital emergency
rooms for injuries received while
riding an ATV.
You should be aware that AN ATV IS
NOT A TOY AND CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO OPERATE. An ATV handles
differently from other vehicles, including
motorcycles and cars. A collision or rollover can occur quickly, even during routine maneuvers such as turning and
driving on hills and over obstacles, if you
fail to take proper precautions.
TO AVOID DEATH OR
SEVERE PERSONAL
INJURY:
* Always read the Operator’s Manual
carefully and follow the operating
procedures described. Pay special
attention to the warnings contained
in the manual and on all labels.
* Never operate an ATV without
proper instruction. Take a training
course.
* Always follow these age recommendations:
* Never carry a passenger on an ATV.
Carrying a passenger may upset the
balance of the ATV and may cause it
to go out of control.
* Always avoid paved surfaces.
ATV’s are not designed to be used
on paved surfaces and may seriously
affect handling and control.
* Never operate an ATV on a public
road, even a dirt or gravel one,
because you may not be able to
avoid colliding with other vehicles.
Also, operating an ATV on a public
road may be against the law.
* Never operate an ATV without an
approved motorcycle helmet, eye
protection, boots, gloves, long pants,
and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket.
* Never consume alcohol or drugs
before or while operating an ATV.
* Never operate an ATV at excessive
speeds. Go at a speed which is
proper for the terrain, visibility conditions, and your experience.
* Never attempt to do wheelies,
jumps, or other stunts.
* Always be careful when operating
an ATV, especially when approaching hills, turns, and obstacles and
when operating on unfamiliar or
rough terrain.
* Never lend the ATV to anyone who
has not taken a training course or
has not been driving an ATV for at
least a year.
• A Y-12+ is intended for use by children age 12 or older, and a T-14 is
intended for use by an operator age
14 or older.
• A child under 16 years old should
never operate an ATV without adult
supervision. Children need to be
observed carefully because not all
children have the strength, size,
skills, or judgment to operate an ATV
safely.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Rider Training Course
Arctic Cat sponsors a free Rider Training
Course to teach ATV riding skills or to
reinforce current riding skills. First-time
purchasers without any previous ATV
riding experience will receive a $100.00
coupon from Arctic Cat through the
SVIA/ASI after completing the training
course (U.S. owners only, one incentive,
and free rider training courses for appropriate immediate family members per
ATV purchase). See an authorized Arctic
Cat ATV dealer for details or call (800)
887-2887 for training course information.
In Canada, the Canada Safety Council
(CSC) provides an ATV Rider’s Course
to teach safe ATV operating skills. They
also provide a special ATV Rider’s
Course for children under 14 years of age
with parental supervision. Call the CSC
at 1-613-739-1535 ext. 227 for more
details. Also available is a bilingual computer-based safety training program on a
CD-ROM from CATV - call toll-free at
1-877-470-2288.
Au canada, le conseil canadien de la
sécurité (CSC) offre un cours de conduite
de VTT pour enseigner les habiletés
d’opération sécuritaires de VTT. Un
cours spécial de conduite de VTT est
également offert aux enfants de moins de
14 ans avec la surveillance d’un parent.
Communiquez avec le CSC en composant le: 1-613-739-1535, poste 227
pour de plus amples informations. Un
programme de formation bilingue informatisé sur la sécurité est aussi disponible
sur disque optique compact par CATV;
composez sans frais le: 1-877-470-2288.
! WARNING
FOR
MORE
INFORMATION
ABOUT ATV SAFETY, in the U.S.,
call the Consumer Product Safety
Commission at (800) 638-2772 or the
ATV Distibutors’ Safety Hotline at
(800) 852-5344 or in Canada, call the
Canada Safety Council at 1-613-7391535 ext. 227.
Visit the Arctic Cat Inc. website at
www.arcticcat.com for additional product information.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Hangtag & Warning Information
This Arctic Cat ATV comes with a hangtag and several labels containing important safety information. Anyone who
rides the ATV should read and understand this information before riding.
The labels should be considered as permanent parts of the ATV. If a label comes
off or becomes hard to read, contact your
Arctic Cat ATV dealer for a replacement.
Utility
DVX
2258-133
2258-432
Pour commander des Etiquettes de Mise en Garde gratuites, voyez votre détaillant
de autorisé VTT Arctic Cat pour le numéro de pièce 1436-485.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Warning Labels (Utility)
KM152C
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Warning Labels (DVX)
KM169E
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating this ATV without proper instruction.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
The risk of an accident is greatly increased if the operator does not know how to
operate the ATV properly in different situations and on different types of terrain.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Beginning and inexperienced operators should complete the certified training
course offered. They should then regularly practice the skills learned in the course
and the operating techniques described in this Operator’s Manual.
For more information about the training course, contact an authorized Arctic Cat
ATV dealer or call 1-800-887-2887 (U.S.) or 1-613-739-1535 (Canada).
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Allowing anyone under age 16 to operate this ATV.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Use of an ATV by children can lead to severe injury or death of the child.
Children under the age of 16 may not have the skills, abilities, or judgment needed
to operate the ATV safely and may be involved in a serious accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
A child under 16 should never operate this ATV.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Carrying a passenger on this ATV.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Greatly reduces your ability to balance and control this
ATV.
Could cause an accident, resulting in injury or death to
you and/or your passenger.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never carry a passenger. The long seat is to allow the
operator to shift positions as needed during operation. It is not for carrying passengers.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating this ATV on public streets, roads, or highways.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
You can collide with another vehicle.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never operate this ATV on any public street, road, or
highway, even a dirt or gravel one.
In many states it is illegal to operate an ATV on public
streets, roads, or highways.
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating this ATV on paved surfaces.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
The ATV’s tires are designed for off-road use only, not
for use on pavement. Paved surfaces may seriously
affect handling and control of the ATV and may cause
the ATV to go out of control.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never operate the ATV on any paved surfaces, including sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and streets.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating this ATV without wearing an approved helmet,
eye protection, and protective clothing.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Operating without an approved helmet increases your
chances of a severe head injury or death in the event of
an accident.
Operating without eye protection can result in an accident and increases your chances of a severe injury in
the event of an accident.
Operating without protective clothing increases your
chances of severe injury in the event of an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always wear an approved helmet that fits properly.
You should also wear: Eye protection (goggles or face shield)
Gloves
Boots
Long sleeved shirt or jacket
Long pants
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating on steep hills.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
The ATV can overturn more easily on steep hills than
on level surfaces or small hills.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never operate the ATV on hills too steep for the ATV or
for your abilities.
Practice on smaller hills before attempting larger hills.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating this ATV after or while consuming alcohol or drugs.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could seriously affect your judgment.
Could cause you to react more slowly.
Could affect your balance and perception.
Could result in an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never consume alcohol or drugs before or while driving this ATV.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating this ATV at excessive speeds.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Increases your chances or losing control of the ATV, which can result in an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always ride at a speed that is proper for the terrain, visibility and operating conditions, and your experience.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Attempting wheelies, jumps, and other stunts.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Increases the chance of an accident including a rollover.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never attempt stunts, such as wheelies or jumps.
Don’t try to show off.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Failure to inspect the ATV before operating.
Failure to properly maintain the ATV.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Increases the possibility of an accident or equipment damage.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always inspect your ATV each time you use it to make sure the ATV is in safe operating condition.
Always follow the inspection and maintenance procedures and schedules described
in this Operator’s Manual.
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Removing hands from handlebars or feet from footrests during operation.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Removing even one hand or foot can reduce your ability to control the ATV or could
cause you to lose your balance and fall off the ATV. If you remove a foot from a footrest, your foot or leg may come into contact with the wheels, which could injure you
or cause an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the footrests of your
ATV during operation.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Failure to use extra care when operating the ATV on
unfamiliar terrain.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
You can come upon hidden rocks, bumps, or holes
without enough time to react.
Could result in the ATV overturning or going out of
control.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Go slowly and be extra careful when operating on unfamiliar terrain.
Always be alert to changing terrain conditions when operating the ATV.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Failure to use extra care when operating on rough,
slippery, or loose terrain.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could cause loss of traction or ATV control, which
could result in an accident including a rollover.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Do not operate on rough, slippery, or loose terrain until
you have learned and practiced the skills necessary to
control the ATV on such terrain.
Always be especially cautious on these kinds of terrain.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Turning improperly.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
ATV could go out of control, causing a collision or rollover.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always follow proper procedures for turning as described in this Operator’s Manual.
Practice turning at slow speeds before attempting to turn at faster speeds.
Do not turn at excessive speed.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Climbing hills improperly.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could cause loss of control or cause the ATV to overturn.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always follow proper procedures for climbing hills as described in this Operator’s
Manual.
Always check the terrain carefully before you start up any hill.
Never climb hills with slippery or loose surfaces.
Shift your weight forward.
Never open the throttle suddenly or make sudden gear changes. The ATV could flip
over backwards.
Never go over the top of any hill at high speed. An obstacle, a sharp drop, or
another vehicle or person could be on the other side of the hill.
NEVER OPERATE UP OR
DOWN HILLS STEEPER
THAN 25°
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Going down a hill improperly.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could cause loss of control or cause the ATV to overturn.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always follow proper procedures for going down hills as
described in this Operator’s Manual.
Always check the terrain carefully before you start down any hill.
Shift your weight backward.
Never go down a hill at high speed.
Avoid going down a hill at an angle that would cause the ATV to lean sharply to one
side. Go straight down the hill where possible.
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Improperly crossing hills or turning on hills.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could cause loss of control or cause the ATV to overturn.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never attempt to turn the ATV around on any hill until
you have mastered the turning technique as described
in this Operator’s Manual. Practice first on level ground. Be very careful when turning on any hill.
Avoid crossing the side of a steep hill, if possible.
When crossing the side of a hill:
Always follow proper procedures as described in this Operator’s Manual.
Avoid hills with slippery or loose surfaces.
Shift your weight to the uphill side of the ATV.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Stalling, rolling backwards, or improperly dismounting
while climbing a hill.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could result in the ATV overturning.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Use proper gear and maintain steady speed when
climbing a hill.
If you lose all forward speed:
Keep weight uphill.
Apply the brakes.
Engage the brake lever lock after you are stopped.
If you begin rolling backwards:
Keep weight uphill.
Apply the brakes while rolling backwards.
When fully stopped, engage the brake lever lock.
Dismount on uphill side or to a side if pointed
straight uphill.
Turn the ATV around and mount following the
procedure described in this Operator’s Manual.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Improperly operating over obstacles.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could cause loss of control or a collision. Could cause the ATV to overturn.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Before operating in a new area, check for obstacles.
Never attempt to ride over large obstacles, such as large rocks or fallen trees.
When you go over obstacles, always follow proper procedures as described in this
Operator’s Manual.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Skidding or sliding.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
You may lose control of the ATV.
You may also regain traction unexpectedly, which may cause the ATV to overturn.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Learn to safely control skidding or sliding by practicing at slow speeds and on level,
smooth terrain.
On extremely slippery surfaces, such as ice, go slowly and be very cautious in order
to reduce the chance of skidding or sliding out of control.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating the ATV through deep or fast flowing water.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Tires may float, causing loss of traction and loss of control, which could lead to an
accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never operate the ATV in fast flowing water or in water deeper than the footrests.
Remember that wet brakes may have reduced stopping capability.
Test your brakes after leaving water. If necessary, apply them several times to dry
out the pads.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Improperly operating in reverse.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
You could hit an obstacle or person behind you, resulting in serious injury.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Before you engage reverse gear, make sure there are no obstacles or people
behind you. When it is safe to proceed, go slowly.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating the ATV with improper modifications.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Improper installation of accessories or modification of the ATV may cause changes
in handling which, in some situations, could lead to an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never modify the ATV through improper installation or improper use of accessories.
All parts and accessories added to this ATV should be genuine Arctic Cat ATV components designed for use on the ATV and should be installed and used according to
instructions. Never install a twist grip throttle. If you have questions, consult an
authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Warnings
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Operating the ATV with improper tires or with improper or uneven tire pressure.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Use of improper tires on the ATV, or operation of the ATV with improper or uneven
tire pressure, may cause loss of control increasing your risk of accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always use the size and type tires specified in this Operator’s Manual for this ATV.
Always maintain proper tire pressure as described in this Operator’s Manual.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Overloading the ATV or carrying or towing cargo improperly.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Could cause changes in ATV handling, which could lead to an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Never exceed the stated load capacity for the ATV.
Cargo should be properly distributed and securely attached.
Reduce speed when carrying cargo or pulling a trailer. Allow greater distance for
braking.
Always follow the instructions in this Operator’s Manual for carrying cargo or pulling
a trailer.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Failure to release the brake lever lock before driving the ATV.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Driving the ATV with the brake lever lock engaged could cause a change in
handling or loss of brakes and cause an accident.
HOW TO AVOID THE HAZARD
Always release the brake lever lock before driving the ATV.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Prevention
Overview
When using an ATV, prevention is the
name of the game. “Had you only
known” something could go wrong, you
would have prevented it. If you don’t
notice your conditions and surroundings
before riding your ATV, you give up control over the situation. Using ATV prevention techniques helps you forecast
potential hazards before they injure you
or damage your ATV.
Following the safety instructions and
warnings in this manual will help you
“P.A.S.S.” the safety test. P.A.S.S. stands
for “Prevention,” “Active Riding,”
“Sound Judgment,” and “Supervision.”
Remembering P.A.S.S. and what it stands
for will help you have a safe, predictable
ride every time you go out on your ATV.
Safe Riding Clothing
and Gear
Always wear clothing suited to the type
of riding you are doing. ATV riding
requires special protective clothing
which will make you feel more comfortable and reduce chances of injury.
You’ll find it important to dress correctly
for ATV riding in order to prevent
scraped skin and serious head injuries.
It’s easy and could save you time in the
long run not having to contend with an
injury. Of course, it also makes sense to
remember the seasons. Wear a hat under
your helmet and a snowmobile suit in the
winter and lighter, protective clothing in
the summer. Following is the minimum
protection you need to wear during every
ride:
Gloves
Your hands are targets for flying objects
and branches. Along with providing skin
protection, gloves will shield your hands
from harsh weather. Wear gloves that are
weather resistant and have a gripping surface to keep them from sliding off the
handlebar. Off-road style gloves with
knuckle pads are the best for comfort and
protection.
Boots/Ankle Protection
Wear a boot that covers the largest possible area of your leg (preferably up to
your knee) and can handle significant
impact. Choosing boots with low heels
and a good tread will help prevent your
feet from slipping off the footrests in wet
or rugged conditions or getting hurt if
they get hit by rocks, dirt, or branches.
Helmet
ATV-0004
! WARNING
Your helmet is the most important piece
of protective gear for safe riding. A helmet can prevent a severe head injury.
There are several types of helmets on the
market, but make sure you wear a helmet
that complies with the current standards
of the U.S. Department of Transportation
(DOT), The Snell Memorial Foundation,
or the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI). Helmets that comply
with one or more of these agency’s standards have a sticker on the inside or outside of the helmet.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Prevention
These helmets should provide full-face
protection.
TESTIMONIAL
DOCUMENT#: N490117A1
CITY/STATE: N. HUNTINGDON, PA
SEX: M
AGE: 6
BODY PART: HEAD
DATE ACCIDENT: 14-06-94
DISPOSITION: DOA
SYNOPSIS: The 6 year old male victim
died from blunt force trauma to the
head when the 4-wheel ATV on which he
was a passenger struck a rock on a
hill connecting two roads and
flipped over backwards onto the
victim, shattering his bicycle
helmet. The victim was life-flighted
to the hospital and died that night.
The driver of the ATV, the victim’s
29 year old father, sustained minor
injuries, but wasn’t treated.
Helmets should have one of these:
1. DOT label
2. Snell label
3. ANSI Z90.1 label
If you drop or damage your helmet, get a
new one immediately. Your helmet may
not protect your head from injury if it has
cracks, fissures, or other damage to its
outside or core padding.
Remember, your helmet won’t do you
any good if the chin strap isn’t fastened.
Eye Protection
Wear eye protection, such as goggles, to
completely surround your eyes to prevent
getting dirt or other items in your eyes.
Do not depend on sunglasses for proper
eye protection. Sunglasses are not recommended; they don’t prevent objects from
flying in through the sides.
Long Pants and Long
Sleeved Shirt
The goal is to protect your body from
branches, long grass, airborne objects, or
anything else that could scrape your skin.
The more thick and durable the material,
the better protection it’ll provide. Riding
pants with kneepads, a jersey, and shoulder pads provide the best protection.
Condition of the ATV
The second step in Prevention is checking the condition of your ATV. Chances are
good that you’ll be using your ATV in some rough terrain, and there’s no way you
want your brakes to go out when riding downhill. You need to check the following
parts on your ATV before every ride.
1. Tires and Wheels
4. Oil and Fuel
2. Controls and Cable
5. Chassis and Drive Train
3. Lights and Electrical
6. Miscellaneous Items
One easy way to remember what parts you need to check is by using the acronym
“T-CLOC.” It stands for:
T
C
L
O
C
TIRES
AND WHEELS
CONTROLS
AND CABLE
LIGHTS AND
ELECTRICAL
OIL AND
FUEL
CHASSIS AND
DRIVE TRAIN
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Prevention
1. TIRES AND WHEELS
B. Throttle
Correct tire pressure is crucial. Consult
the General Maintenance section of this
Operator’s Manual for tire pressure
guidelines. Incorrect tire pressure can
cause poor handling, instability, and a
loss of ATV control.
The throttle should have a free, smooth
range of motion. If it seems to “stick” at
any point, refer to the General Maintenance section of this Operator’s Manual
for instructions. Driving your ATV with a
sticking throttle can turn your leisurely
ride into an unwelcome accident. Don’t
drive your ATV if the throttle sticks.
Check:
1. Tire pressure
2. Tire surface (tread and sidewalls)
Check:
1. Free, smooth range of motion
While checking the tire pressure, inspect
the tread and sidewalls of the tires for 3. LIGHTS AND
cracks, cuts, or other damage that could ELECTRICAL
indicate they need to be replaced.
Turn the hi-beam and lo-beam on and off
to make sure they work. At the same
2. CONTROLS AND
time, check that the taillight and brakeCABLE
light work. Also, check the indicator/
With the engine running and brake warning lights (reverse, neutral, and temapplied, check all transmission posi- perature) on your handlebar when you
tions: forward, neutral, and reverse.
start the ATV. Don’t drive the ATV
unless all systems are working. Check
the ignition switch and engine stop
Check:
switch.
1. Forward
2. Neutral
3. Reverse
Check:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
A. Brakes
Hi-beam
Lo-beam
Taillight/brakelight
Indicator/warning lights
Ignition switch
Engine stop switch
Squeeze your brake lever and depress the
rear foot brake. If either feels soft or
“squishy,” it could be low on fluid or
have a leak — refer to the General Maintenance section of this Operator’s Manual for instructions. Don’t use the ATV 4. OIL AND FUEL
until the brakes are operating normally.
Start with a full tank of gas before every
ride, and while you’re at it, top off the oil.
Check:
Don’t forget to check for fluid leaks
1. Hand brake lever
around the ATV. Check the coolant tank
to ensure the engine coolant level is ade2. Rear foot brake
quate.
3. Brake lever lock
Test the brake lever lock and see if it
locks the wheels; then disengage it to
release the brake.
! WARNING
Check:
1. Gas
2. Oil
3. Fluid leaks
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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5. CHASSIS AND DRIVE
TRAIN
Grass and leaves can gum-up your suspension and shocks. Clear and clean the
suspension arms, shock absorbers/springs,
and fenders. Check smoothness by turning
the handlebar full-left and full-right. Verify there is no binding, restrictions, freeplay, or looseness in steering components.
Check and clean the drive chain and
sprockets of foreign material and debris.
Check drive chain adjustment.
Check:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Suspension arms
Shock absorbers/springs
Fenders
Steering
Drive chain
Tools
Routine maintenance will generally eliminate the need for emergency repairs.
Riding on rough terrain could cause loosening of nuts, bolts, and fasteners. Especially on long rides, carrying the right
tools can prevent an inconvenience from
becoming a crisis.
Carry these items on your ATV:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bulbs
Duct tape
Rope
Spark plugs
Spare parts
Tool Kit
Water
Water is so important that you need to
carry it regardless of the duration of your
6. MISCELLANEOUS
ride. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can
ITEMS
creep up suddenly and can take you out
Inspect your air filter. Look for debris or of commission. If you become dehydamage that may indicate you need to drated, you could find yourself physireplace it. A clogged filter can stop an cally unable to safely operate your ATV.
engine. Check your battery terminals for Identification
corrosion. Also, be sure to tighten any
If something does happen to you, the
loose parts, nuts, or bolts.
emergency personnel will want to know
Check
who you are and whom to contact. It’s
1. Air filter
possible you may be in no condition to
2. Battery
give them that information. Put your I.D.
3. Tighten parts, nuts, and bolts
in your pocket before you ride. Without
it, you’re anonymous.
First Aid and Survival
You need to prepare for the unexpected.
Emergencies and accidents are traumatic
enough, but they’re even worse when
you’re not prepared for them. At the minimum during every ATV ride, you should
have the following items on board:
Cellular Phone
It may be necessary to make an urgent
phone call.
Maps/GPS (Global
Positioning System)
Maps may be unnecessary when you’re
familiar with the area. But when you’re
riding on unfamiliar trails, it’s good to
know where you are, what’s coming up,
For rides that are longer in duration and and how to get back.
distance, the following additional items
are recommended:
•
•
•
•
Tools
Water
Identification
First Aid Kit
• Cellular Phone
• Maps/GPS
• Emergency Kit with Flashlight and
First Aid Kit
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Prevention
Emergency Kit with
Flashlight and First Aid
Kit
You’ll need several items in your Emergency Kit including a flashlight. The
matches will come in handy if you need
to start a fire to stay warm. Flares are
appropriate for signaling help. A first aid
kit is very important if an injury of some
type should happen. A good First Aid Kit
should include bandages, antiseptic
spray, gauze, tape, etc.
! WARNING
Carry these items:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Flashlight
Matches
Flares
First Aid Kit
Money
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Active Riding
Overview
“Active Riding” is the second part of “P.A.S.S.” It involves an understanding of
how your body weight, balance, gravity, and physical forces affect the handling of
the ATV. For example, when you drive a car quickly into a sharp turn, your body is
pulled to the outside of the vehicle by centrifugal force. Although a car is relatively
stable, enough centrifugal force can cause an ATV to overturn. Constantly shifting
your weight is one major difference between driving a car and riding an ATV.
Knowing how to shift your weight is necessary to avoid rolling or flipping the ATV.
For complete operating instructions, see ATV Operation sub-section in this manual.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Sound Judgment
Overview
You are not invincible. Knowing that the
first “S” in “P.A.S.S.” stands for “Sound
Judgment” means you need to use yours.
Do you consider yourself to be pretty
conservative, or are you a heavy risktaker? Before continuing with this section on sound judgment, check your Risk
Factor by doing this short survey:
1. Do you drive over the speed limit?
1
2
3
Never
Sometimes
Often
9. Do you tailgate other drivers when
you think they’re driving too slow?
1
2
3
Never
Sometimes
Often
10. Do you ignore weather reports
before you do outside activities like
swimming, camping, fishing, or
boating?
1
2
3
Never
Sometimes
Often
Add the totals from lines 1-10. YOUR
RISK FACTOR IS:
2. Are you more daring around your
friends than you are when alone?
1
2
3
Never
Sometimes
Often
10-15: You’re pretty conservative.
Chances are good that the consistently
safe choices you make will help you
avoid hurting yourself and the people
around you.
3. Do you drive your car when the gas
gauge is on empty?
1
2
3
Never
Sometimes
Often
16-20: You’re straddling the fence.
Depending on your mood or whom
you’re with, the choices you make may
help you or hurt you.
4. Do you feel that no matter what you
do, you won’t get hurt?
1
2
3
Never
Sometimes
Often
21-30: You’re taking your chances. Time
to reconsider a lot of the judgments you
make. You’re destined to put yourself in
dangerous situations and potentially hurt
yourself and the people around you.
5. Do you drink or use drugs before
you drive your car?
Environment
1
2
3
The environment you operate an ATV in
Never
Sometimes
Often
is often harsh and sometimes dangerous
6. Do you drive your car even if it has if you don’t take proper precautions.
a major problem with the brakes, Weather
tires, or engine?
You need to consider the weather. It is
1
2
3
dangerous to ride your ATV when the
Never
Sometimes
Often
weather is bad or potentially bad. Keep
7. Do you thrive on the adrenaline abreast with weather forecasts.
rush you get from speeding and Terrain
dangerous situations?
Always pay close attention to the terrain
1
2
3
you’re on even if it is familiar to you.
Never
Sometimes
Often
You can’t assume that the landscape
8. Do you hurt yourself because you you’re used to doesn’t change. Changes
do things that are out of your ability to landscape can happen at nearly any
time. Fences can be constructed and
range?
excavations dug in a short period of time.
1
2
3
Weather, climate, and development take
Never
Sometimes
Often
their toll.
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Sound Judgment
Constantly be aware of your surroundings before and during your ride.
Trail Signs
Night Riding
Riding at night can be very hazardous.
Obstacles and other hazards (that are easily identified during daytime) are much
more difficult to see and avoid. When
night riding, make sure the lights are
properly adjusted and in good working
order. Reduce speed; do not over-drive
the headlight. Never travel in an unfamiliar area or blaze a new trail at night.
Always carry a flashlight or flare for signaling an emergency.
Paved Surfaces
Try to avoid it. The ATV isn’t designed
for pavement. Its handling becomes more
difficult on paved surfaces.
Trail Riding
Use sound judgment when trail riding;
that means riding on a trail that fits your
ability level. If the trail is pretty rugged,
standing up on your footrests will make it
easier for you to endure the rough terrain.
Make yourself visible by using headlights and taillights, and pull completely
off the trail if you need to stop.
Keep your weight shifted into the slope.
It also helps to know which trails you can
legally ride and who else might be on
those same trails. These are signs currently used in some areas to designate
trail types and restrictions.
ATV-0068A
Those Around You
People do all kinds of things that you
can’t predict or control.
Riding Companions
Leave a lot of space between you and
other riders, especially in dusty and dirty
conditions, because it’ll be difficult to see
the riders in front of you stopping.
Do not carry a passenger on any ATV
designed for single-rider use. These
ATV’s do not have appropriate equipment (hand-holds, footrests, etc) to
accommodate riders. Additionally, the
added weight and weight shift can make
the vehicle difficult to control.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Sound Judgment
Other Vehicles
ATV Maintenance
Depending on where you’re riding, you
might encounter other ATV’s, bikes, or
motor vehicles on public lands. Respect
the presence of cars if you’re crossing
roads or riding in public areas and make
yourself be seen. If you can’t see other
vehicles coming, that means you’re
invisible, too.
You have to maintain your ATV. The General Maintenance section of this Operator’s Manual tells you about taking care of
your ATV. If, at any time, abnormal noises,
vibrations, or improper functioning of any
component of this ATV is detected, DO
NOT OPERATE THE ATV. Take the ATV
to an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer for
inspection and adjustment or repair.
Hikers
With the renewed interest in hiking,
camping, and other outdoor activities,
people can show up in remote areas
where you would never expect them. For
their sake, keep your eyes open.
Cargo Limitations
One reason why passengers are prohibited
on this ATV is because their presence
throws off the weight and balance of the
ATV. Cargo can do the same. Limit the
ATV to the specified load capacity rating.
Animals and Nature
The combined weight limit, including you
Respect the outdoors that you love. Don’t and your personal items, is a specified
use your ATV to chase animals or birds. amount, so consult the Load Capacity RatDrive around young trees rather than ings Chart and monitor it carefully.
over them. Keep clear of streams and Extra weight on the ATV will also throw
ditches with standing water.
you off balance if it’s not distributed evenly.
TESTIMONIAL
DOCUMENT#: N380310A1
CITY/STATE: NEW CUMBERLAND, WV
SEX: M
AGE: 18
BODY PART: HEAD
DATE ACCIDENT: 7-30-93
DISPOSITION: DOA
SYNOPSIS: An 18 year old male died as
the result of injuries which he
sustained in an accident while
driving a 4-wheel ATV on a gravel
public road. The victim lost control
of the ATV when he suddenly applied
the brakes to avoid a dog crossing
the road. During the accident, the
ATV’s brake lever penetrated the
victim’s brain through his right eye
resulting in death. The victim was
not wearing a helmet.
Tread Lightly and leave it as you
found it.
Equipment
The last thing you expected was that your
ATV would break down in the middle of
the field... it’s usually so reliable that
sometimes you forget the ATV has its
limits.
Think about these when dealing
with weight:
1. Weight distribution
2. ATV speed
Load Capacity Ratings
Arctic Cat ATV Load Capacity Ratings
Item
Specifications
(lb)
(kg)
Max Load Capacity
(Utility)
400
181
(DVX)
250
113
Front Rack (max) (Utility)
50
23
Rear Rack (max) (Utility)
100
45
Tongue Weight
35
16
Rear Rack and Tongue
100
45
Weight
(max)
Towing Capacity (Utility)
500
227
Max Load Capacity - Total weight of
operator, accessories, tongue weight,
and cargo on front and rear racks.
Tongue Weight - Weight on trailer
tongue.
Rear Rack and Tongue Weight Total weight on trailer tongue and
rear rack.
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Sound Judgment
Towing Capacity - Total weight of
trailer and all cargo in the trailer.
 NOTE: Tongue and accessory
weight (winch, gun scabbard brackets, etc.) must be included as part
of the front and rear rack weights.
! WARNING
Operating this ATV with improper
modifications can be hazardous.
Improper installation of accessories
or modification of the ATV may cause
changes in handling which could lead
to an accident. Never modify the ATV
with improper installation or use of
improper accessories. All parts and
accessories installed on this ATV
must be genuine Arctic Cat parts and
accessories designed for use on this
ATV. Install and use them according
to instructions. If you have any questions, contact an authorized Arctic
Cat ATV dealer.
 NOTE: Use extra caution when
operating an ATV with additional
loads such as accessories and/or
personal items. Handling of the ATV
may be adversely affected. Reduce
speed when adding additional
loads.
! WARNING
POTENTIAL HAZARD
Overloading the ATV or carrying personal items improperly.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN
Personal Choices
A safe, enjoyable ride is dependent on
many personal choices. An ATV, like all
motorized vehicles, can be dangerous to
operate if you choose to ignore safety
precautions, take unnecessary chances, or
ride beyond your ability or your vehicle’s
capability. Don’t allow the thrill of freedom or adventure to affect your ability to
make good, safe choices.
Alcohol and Drug
Consumption
It’s extremely dangerous and often illegal
to drink alcoholic beverages and ride...
it’s also very foolish.
TESTIMONIAL
DOCUMENT#: X46481A1
CITY/STATE: LAUREL, MS
SEX: M
AGE: 25
BODY PART: ALL PARTS BODY
DATE ACCIDENT: 6-25-93
DISPOSITION: DOA
SYNOPSIS: A 25 year old male died
from drowning after the 4-wheeled
ATV he was driving overturned and
landed on the victim, pinning him
face down in 6 inches of water in a
drainage ditch. The victim had
failed to make a right hand turn and
drove off the side of the road. The
victim was driving at an excessive
speed, and under the influence of
alcohol. He was pronounced dead at
the scene. The victim was not wearing
a helmet.
Substances to avoid when riding:
1. Alcohol
2. Over-the-counter or prescription drugs
3. Illegal/mood altering drugs
Could cause changes in ATV handling,
which could lead to an accident.
Be aware of prescription and over-thecounter medications. Drowsiness and
HOW TO AVOID THE
impaired judgment can be caused by a wide
HAZARD
variety of medications. The same is true of
Never exceed the stated load capacity allergy, cold, flu, and headache medicafor the ATV.
tions. Your physical size and weight can’t
Always follow the instructions in this protect you... just one antihistamine tablet
Operator’s Manual pertaining to ATV can affect your judgment.
loading.
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! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Sound Judgment
Don’t use alcohol or drugs before or dur- Reckless Riding
ing your ATV ride.
Where excessive or high speed is a factor, the potential for personal injury is
THE EFFECTS OF
greatly increased. Ride within reason and
ALCOHOL*
your skill level. Avoid maneuvers that are
The Number of Drinks that Impair
reckless. Don’t show off.
Mental and Physical Abilities
Laws and Regulations
1-2 DRINKS
Any police officer will tell you that ignorance of the law is no defense. Your best
defense is to check out your local, state,
or provincial ATV laws before riding.
It’ll also make sure that you can continue
3-4 DRINKS
to ride in your favorite areas. The quickDepth perception, glare recovery, eye
movement,
and
focus
affected; est way to have a land area closed is by
riding over the regulations.
decreased judgment and control.
Mental processes such as restraint,
awareness, concentration, and judgment affected; reaction time slowed;
inability to perform complicated tasks.
Group Behavior
5+ DRINKS
Coordination deteriorates, loss of critical judgment, and impaired memory
and comprehension.
When riding in a group, it is human
nature to try to keep up with or out-do
those around you. We can all be competitive and that can lead to risk taking
*According to the ATV Safety Institute.
resulting in serious injury or equipment
Your Physical Condition damage. Know your limitations and don't
Your physical condition is critical to safe be afraid to slow the pace down.
ATV operation. Don’t ride when SIPDE
extremely tired and consider your health
By themselves, none of these safe behavwhen planning longer rides.
iors and sound judgments will go very
far. But when you put them all together...
Don’t ride:
when you’re paying attention to how you
1. When you’re tired
feel, when you’re monitoring the movements of your ATV, and when you’re
constantly evaluating your environment,
then you’re practicing SIPDE. SIPDE is
an acronym that stands for:
S
I
P
D
E
SCAN/ SEARCH
IDENTIFY
HAZARDS
PREDICT WHAT
WILL HAPPEN
DECIDE WHAT
TO DO
EXECUTE THE
DECISION
! WARNING
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
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Supervision
Overview
Experienced/Trained
You’re responsible for supervising those Riders
who ride your ATV. Your wisdom is valuable... it’ll bring them all back safely—your
friends, your family, your relatives, and
your ATV. It’s crucial that you consider
yourself a supervisor for all riders of your
ATV. Whether you accept responsibility or
not, the truth is that you are responsible for
others riding your ATV.
If anyone is going to borrow your ATV,
you are responsible for their supervision.
Before they ride, have them take the
training course, have them watch the
safety video, and have them read the
Operator’s Manual. You train them. It
doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as
you do it.
Taking Responsibility
ATV’s are all a little different from the
handling to the stability to the controls.
So regardless of how much experience
your family members have with ATV’s,
they don’t have experience with your
ATV. Let experienced riders get familiar
with your ATV—show them the basics
before they take off. You don’t want it on
your conscience that someone got hurt
because you didn’t tell them how to use
your ATV.
You’re to the last letter in “PASS”...
“Supervision.” You’ve just gone through
the manual, and you’ve seen what’s
involved. That puts you in a good position to be confident about what you
know. So now it’s time to use your
knowledge and supervise others who ride
your ATV.
Inexperienced/
Untrained Riders
You can’t let people ride your ATV who
don’t know what they’re doing. Unless
they’ve had over a year of experience with
ATV riding or taken an ATV training
course, it’s your responsibility to keep
them off your ATV. It can be dangerous
(especially for under-aged children)—all
the more reason for you to be firm.
TESTIMONIAL
SYNOPSIS: The victim of this
incident, a five year old female, was
operating a four wheeled all terrain
vehicle (ATV) in the front yard of
her parents’ house, under the
supervision of her father. The
victim drove the ATV down an area
where the only way to turn around was
around a grain silo. The victim was
executing a right hand turn when the
vehicle tipped over to the right and
fell onto her body. The victim was
transported to a local hospital
where she was pronounced dead on
arrival. Photographs of the incident
were not taken by law enforcement
officials.
! WARNING
Arctic Cat and the ATV Safety Institute
recommend that all ATV operators ride
the appropriate-sized ATV according to
age.
Speed
Age
Category (Years) Limitations
(MPH)
DOCUMENT#: N37023A1
CITY/STATE: MOOERSFORKS, NY
SEX: F
AGE: 5
BODY PART: UPPER TRUNK
DATE ACCIDENT: 6-29-93
DISPOSITION: DOA
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Remember that regardless of
experience, you should never let
anyone under the age of 16 operate your ATV.
NOTES
Y-12+
12 or
Older
15 - Limited
Operate
30 Under Adult
Maximum Supervision
T-14
14 or
Older
20 - Limited
Operate
30 - Limited Under Adult
38 Supervision
Maximum
G&S
16 or According to
Older
Local
Regulations
—
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
DIVISION II - OPERATION/
MAINTENANCE
ATV Specifications
ENGINE AND DRIVE
Type
Bore x Stroke
Displacement
Ignition Type
Spark Plug Type
Spark Plug Gap
Brake Type
UTILITY
DVX
Four-Cycle/Liquid Cooled
72.7 x 65.2 mm (2.86 x 2.57 in.)
270 cc (16.5 cu in.)
CDI
NGK DPR7EA-9
0.8-0.9 mm (0.032-0.036 in.)
Hydraulic w/Brake Lever Lock and Rear Foot Brake
CHASSIS
Length (Overall)
186.9 cm (73.6 in.)
171.9 cm (67.7 in.)
Height (Overall)
111.8 cm (44.0 in.)
113.5 cm (44.7 in.)
Width (Overall)
105.1 cm (41.4 in.)
113.5 cm (44.7 in.)
Suspension Travel (Front)
12.7 cm (5.0 in.)
15.5 cm (6.1 in.)
Suspension Travel (Rear)
12.7 cm (5.0 in.)
16.5 cm (6.5 in.)
Front Tire Size
AT22 x 7-10
AT21 x 7-10
Rear Tire Size
AT22 x 10-10
AT20 x 11-9
Tire Inflation Pressure (Front)
27.6 kPa (4.0 psi)
Tire Inflation Pressure (Rear)
24.1 kPa (3.5 psi)
MISCELLANY
Dry Weight (Approx)
216.4 kg (477 lb)
192.8 kg (425 lb)
Gas Tank Capacity
12.8 L (3.39 U.S. gal.)
12.8 L (3.39 U.S. gal.)
Reserve Capacity
4.54 L (1.2 U.S. gal.)
4.54 L (1.2 U.S. gal.)
1.4 L (1.5 U.S. qt)
1.6 L (1.69 U.S. qt)
Engine Oil Capacity (Approx)
Transmission Lubricant
Capacity
Gasoline (Recommended)
Engine Oil (Recommended)
Transmission Lubricant
(Recommended)
Rear Drive Lubricant Capacity
Rear Drive Lubricant
(Recommended)
Cooling System Capacity
Taillight/Brakelight
Headlight
Starting System
600 ml (20.3 fl oz) 400 ml (13.5 fl oz) - Overhaul
Overhaul
300 ml (10 fl oz) - Change
500 ml (16.9 fl oz) - Change
87 Octane Regular Unleaded
Arctic Cat ACX All Weather (Synthetic)
SAE Approved 80W-90 Hypoid
150 ml (5 fl oz)
N/A
SAE Approved 80W-90
Hypoid
N/A
1.4 L (1.5 U.S. qt)
12V/5W/21W
12V/35W/35W (2)
Electric w/Manual Recoil
(Emergency)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
12V/35W/35W
Electric
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Location of Parts and Controls
(Utility)
1. Battery
2. Headlights
3. Hand Brake Lever
4. Fuel Valve
5. Choke Lever
6. Seat Lock Lever
7. Rear Foot Brake
KM091A
8. Recoil Starter
9. Engine Stop Switch
10. Brake Lever Lock
11. Key Switch
12. Shift Lever
13. Throttle Limiter
14. Throttle Lever
15. Starter Button
KM119A
16. Taillight/Brakelight
17. Operator’s Manual Location
18. Headlight OFF/HI/LO Switch
19. Reverse Override Button
20. Tool Kit
KM120A
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Location of Parts and Controls (DVX)
1. Battery
2. Headlight
3. Hand Brake Lever
4. Fuel Valve
5. Choke Lever
6. Seat Lock Lever
7. Rear Foot Brake
8. Shift Lever
KM186A
9. Brake Lever Lock
10. Engine Stop Switch
11. Key Switch
12. Reverse Override Button
13. Throttle Limiter
14. Throttle Lever
15. Tool Kit Location
16. Taillight/Brakelight
KM187A
17. Operator’s Manual Location
18. Headlight OFF/HI/LO Switch
19. Starter Button
KM174A
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ATV Operation
1. Ensure that the fuel valve is in the
ON position.
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Basic Operating
Maneuvers
2. Mount the ATV and sit down.
Active riding and basic maneuvers are
the foundation of your ATV ride. Without
basic skills, it’s impossible to move to
this level— active riding. These are your
basic maneuvers:
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3. Compress the hand brake; then
engage the brake lever lock.
4. Shift the transmission into neutral.
5. Turn on the ignition.
Mounting the ATV
Starting the Engine
Starting a Cold Engine
Shifting
Braking/Stopping
Parking
Dismounting the ATV
6. Move the choke lever to the engaged
position if starting the engine cold
(if it’s already warmed up, you
shouldn’t need to use the choke at
all).
7. Move the engine stop switch to
RUN.
Mounting the ATV
1. From the left side, grab the left-side
handlebar and apply the hand brake;
then put your left foot on the footrest.
2. Grab the right-side handlebar.
3. Swing your leg over the seat and set
your right foot down on the rightside footrest.
4. Get seated in a comfortable position.
5. Always keep your feet planted on
the footrests.
8. Press the starter button.
CAUTION
Do not run the starter motor for
more than eight seconds per starting attempt. The starter motor may
overheat causing severe starter
motor damage. Allow 15 seconds
between starting attempts to allow
the starter motor to cool.
9. Immediately after the engine starts,
move the choke lever to the midposition.
Starting the Engine
Always start with the ATV on a flat, level
surface. Carbon monoxide poisoning can
kill you, so keep your ATV outside while
it’s running. Follow these steps to start it
up:
10. Let the engine warm up; then move
the choke lever to the OFF position.
Another way to remember the starting procedure is by using the acronym “BONEC.” It stands for:
B
O
N
E
C
BRAKES
ON
NEUTRAL
ENGINE
CHOKE
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ATV Operation
Starting A Cold Engine
Shifting (Utility)
1. Turn off all electrical accessories This ATV has a dual-range automatic
(lights, etc.); then rotate the ignition transmission with reverse. To shift the
switch key to the first position (ON) ATV, follow these steps:
leaving the headlights OFF. Note
1. To engage the high range from neuthat the Neutral light is illuminated.
tral, move the shift lever outward
2. Push the choke lever to the left.
and forward.
2. To engage the low range from high
range, come to a complete stop; then
move the shift lever outward and
forward.
KM121A
3. Press on the starter button.
CAUTION
Do not run the starter motor for
more than eight seconds per starting attempt. The starter motor may
overheat causing severe starter
motor damage. Allow 15 seconds
between starting attempts to allow
the starter motor to cool.
KM124A
 NOTE: The high range is for normal riding with light loads. The low
range is for carrying heavy loads or
trailer towing. Compared to HIGH
range, the LOW range position provides slower speed and greater
4. When the engine starts, move the torque to the wheels.
choke lever to the mid-position.
5. Allow the engine to warm up for
approximately 2-2 1/2 minutes; then
move the choke lever to the OFF
position. Do not touch the throttle
lever until the engine has run for at
least 3 minutes.
 NOTE: If the engine RPM starts to
decrease or if the engine starts to
stall, move the choke lever to the
left until RPM increases; then as the
RPM stabilizes, move the choke
lever to the OFF position.
6. Run the engine for at least 10 minutes so it is thoroughly warmed up.
If the engine is run for a shorter
period of time, the spark plug may
not have reached a high enough temperature to burn off the excess fuel
in the combustion chamber.
CAUTION
Always shift into low range when
operating on wet or uneven terrain,
when towing or pushing heavy loads,
and when using a plow. Failure to follow this caution may result in premature V-belt failure or in damage to
related drive system components.
3. To engage reverse gear from neutral,
move the shift lever outward and
rearward into the R position.
CAUTION
Always come to a complete stop before
attempting to shift from one range to
the other or into reverse. Always shift
on level ground, or engage the brake
lever lock before shifting into another
range or into reverse.
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ATV Operation
Shifting (DVX)
This ATV has a single-range automatic
transmission with reverse. To shift the
ATV, follow these steps:
1. To engage the forward gear from
neutral, move the shift lever outward
and forward.
2. To engage reverse gear from neutral,
move the shift lever outward and
rearward into the R position.
4. Never “ride” the brake. Even maintaining minimal pressure on the
brake lever or brake pedal will cause
the brake pads to drag on the disc
and may overheat the brake fluid,
disc, and pads causing the brakes to
“fade” or become “spongy.”
! WARNING
Excessive repetitive use of the
hydraulic brake for high speed stops
will cause overheating of the brake
fluid and premature brake pad wear
which will result in an unexpected
loss of brakes.
! WARNING
KM203A
CAUTION
Always come to a complete stop
before attempting to shift from one
gear to the other. Always shift on
level ground, or engage the brake
lever lock before shifting into forward gear or into reverse.
Use only Arctic Cat approved brake
fluid. Never substitute or mix different types or grades of brake fluid.
Brake loss can result. Check brake
fluid level and pad wear before each
use. Brake loss can result in severe
injury or even death.
Parking
Parking involves following the previous
rules for braking; then:
1. After the ATV stops, shift into neutral.
Braking/Stopping
2. Stop the engine using the engine
stop switch.
Coming to a stop should be a slow, easy
process. Always allow plenty of room
and time to stop smoothly. Sometimes
quick stops are inevitable, so always be
prepared. Whether you’re stopping
slowly or stopping quickly, do this:
3. Turn off the ignition.
4. If you have to park on a hill, shift the
ATV into low gear; otherwise, try to
park only on level surfaces.
5. Engage the brake lever lock.
1. Release the throttle lever; then apply Dismounting the ATV
the hand brake.
After you’ve followed the procedure for
2. If the wheels lock, release the brake parking, it’s time to dismount:
for a second; then apply it again.
1. Double check that the brake lever
3. When coming to a complete stop,
lock is engaged.
release the throttle lever completely.
2. Swing your right leg over to the left
side of the seat.
3. Step to the ground on the left side of
the ATV.
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ATV Operation
Leaning, Weight Shift,
and Balance
Handling the ATV
(Active Riding
Techniques)
Active riding involves moving your body.
You must learn to lean and shift your
weight into your turns to maintain control.
Your safety depends on using safe riding
techniques. Statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) say that inexperienced riders
who don’t use safe riding techniques are
When you turn, the trick is to move forward and slide over to the side of the seat
that’s on the inside of the turn. Support
your body weight on the outside footrest.
At the same time, lean your body to the
inside of the turn. Pay attention to the
handling—if you feel the tires coming off
the ground, reduce speed, shift more of
your body weight to the side that’s lifting, and make the turn wider if possible.
13 times more likely to have an
ATV accident than riders who have
over 1 month of experience.
Safe riding techniques include:
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Riding
Leaning, Weight Shift, and Balance
Wide Turns
Sharp Turns
Quick Turns
K-Turns
Riding Uphill
Riding Downhill
Sidehilling/Traversing
Swerving
Crossing Obstacles
ATV-0013
Riding
Once the engine is warm, the ATV is
ready to go.
ATV-0024
ATV-0012
1. Keep your feet on the footrests and
both hands on the handlebar.
ATV-0025
2. Compress the brake lever releasing Wide Turns
the brake lever lock.
About 20% of ATV accidents happen
3. Move the shift lever from N and during turns. If you don’t understand
select a desired gear; then slowly turning techniques, it’s easy for the ATV
compress the throttle lever while to get away from you by losing traction,
releasing the hand brake.
plowing, or tipping. Use this method for
wide turns:
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ATV Operation
Sharp Turns
After mastering wide turns, practice the
advanced skill of sharp turns.
ATV-0046
ATV-0045
ATV-0044
ATV-202
1. Ease off the throttle as you approach
the turn to slow down.
1. Ease off the throttle as you approach
the turn to slow down.
2. Use the principles of leaning, weight
shifting, and balancing—shift your
body weight to the inside of the turn.
2. Use the principles of leaning, weight
shifting, and balancing—shift your
body weight to the inside of the turn.
3. Gradually increase your speed as
you come out of the turn.
3. You might have to lean into the turn
more than you do in a wide turn.
4. If shifting your weight and balance
aren’t enough to keep the ATV tires
on the ground, straighten out the
handlebars as much as you can.
5. Gradually increase your speed as
you come out of the turn.
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ATV Operation
Quick Turns
K-Turns
Quick turns are the most difficult turns Use K-turns if you accidentally stall
and should only be done after you are while riding uphill; you need to take
experienced with your ATV.
action before the ATV rolls backward
down the hill.
ATV-203
1. Ease off the throttle as you approach
the turn to slow down.
2. Turn the handlebar and shift your
weight and balance at the same time
as you enter the turn (use the principles of leaning, weight shifting, and
balancing—shift your body weight to
the inside of the turn).
3. Follow this with slight acceleration.
4. For multiple turns, repeat this movement as needed.
5. To make your turn quicker, try raising yourself off the seat a few inches
as you shift your weight.
ATV-204
1. Stop where you are, apply the
brakes, and shift to neutral.
2. Shut off the engine.
3. Keep your body weight shifted forward.
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ATV Operation
4. Get off the ATV on the uphill side.
5. If you’re to the left of the ATV, turn
the handlebar all the way left.
6. Partially release the brake, but
lightly hold the brake lever.
7. Let the ATV roll to your right side
until it faces slightly downhill.
8. Reapply the brakes.
9. Get back on the ATV from the uphill
side, and keep your weight shifted
uphill when you sit down.
10. Start the engine and follow the
method for riding downhill.
Riding Uphill
1. Accelerate before you start climbing; then maintain a steady pace.
2. Lean as far forward as possible. For
steeper hills, come off your seat to
stand and lean forward.
3. If you lose speed, quickly shift to a
lower gear. At the same time, release
the throttle (so your front tires don’t
lift), OR
4. If that doesn’t work and you still
have forward motion and the terrain
permits, do a U-turn, go back down,
and try climbing again, OR
5. If you have lost all forward motion,
follow the K-turn procedure.
Never Operate Up or
Roughly 20% of accidents happen while
riding on hills and as a result of the ATV Down Hills Steeper
rolling or flipping. So, obviously, use Than 25°
extreme caution and follow this method
for riding uphill.
Riding Downhill
ATV-0019
Success in riding downhill depends on
how well you know your brakes—take it
easy on them, or you could flip over.
ATV-0032
ATV-0018
ATV-0033
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ATV Operation
ATV-0030
ATV-0028
ATV-0031
ATV-0029
1. Shift your body weight as far back
on the seat as possible.
1. Keep your speed low and consistent.
2. Shift into low range; stay out of neutral.
2. Shift all your body weight to the
uphill side of the seat; also, support
your weight on the uphill footrest.
3. Lightly apply the brake and release
the throttle lever completely.
3. Steer like you’re driving into the
hill.
Sidehilling/Traversing
4. If the ATV feels like it’s tipping,
turn the handlebar downhill. If that’s
not possible because of the terrain or
other conditions or if it just doesn’t
work, stop and get off. Dismount the
ATV on the uphill side.
Sidehilling is considered an advanced
skill; it’s really tricky and unpredictable.
So, whether your skills are advanced or
not, try to avoid this kind of riding. If
you’re in a situation where you absolutely have to sidehill, follow this Swerving
method:
Swerving is usually an emergency reaction to avoid an obstacle but is similar to
quick turns. The difference is that quick
turns involve slight acceleration in the
turn; don’t accelerate if you swerve.
ATV-0017
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ATV Operation
ATV-0016
ATV-0026
ATV-206
1. Ease off the throttle as you approach
the obstacle.
2. Turn the handlebar. At the same
time, shift your weight and balance
as you swerve. Use the principles of
leaning, weight shifting, and balancing—shift your body weight to the
inside of the turn.
3. Keep your hand off the brake until
the emergency is over and you’re
back in control.
Crossing Obstacles
ATV-0027
1. Keep your speed way down; less
than 5 mph.
2. Approach the obstacle head-on.
3. Come up off the seat.
4. Keep your weight on the footrests.
5. Apply a little throttle when the front
tires make contact with the obstacle.
6. Lean forward and release the throttle
when the front tires clear the obstacle.
Crossing obstacles is risky; avoid it if
possible. Riding over logs, rocks, and
7. Keep your body loose to absorb any
ruts means combining all the active ridshock.
ing skills into one big motion. Your ATV
will respond differently for different
8. If the ATV starts tipping, shift your
obstacles (logs, ruts, etc.), but these are
weight to keep it in balance.
general guidelines for overcoming twotrack (both tires contacting the obstacle at To clear a single-track (only one tire contacting) obstacle, follow the same rules
the same time) obstacles:
except:
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ATV Operation
1. Use the ATV’s momentum to clear
the obstacle.
2. Don’t pull up on the handlebar.
3. Don’t apply the throttle.
2. Engage the brake lever lock.
3. Find something to block the rear
tires.
Stalling on a Hill
If you use the right method for riding
uphill, this shouldn’t happen. But if you
Driving an ATV and a car have some have a problem, do this:
similarities; however, there are a few sit1. If the ATV hasn’t started rolling
uations that require special attention:
backwards yet, follow the procedure for the K-Turn, OR
• Reversing
Tips
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Skidding or Sliding
Parking on a Hill
Stalling on a Hill
Crossing Water
Crossing Roads
Cold Weather Driving
Stopping the ATV
Stopping the Engine
Reversing
It’s tough to see things behind you.
1. Go slowly. It’s hard to see behind
you.
2. Keep your handlebar straight.
2. If the ATV is already rolling backward, lean as far forward as possible
standing up on the footrests.
3. Nice and easy, apply the front and
rear brakes.
4. When you come to a stop, follow the
procedure for the K-turn.
5. If the ATV continues to roll backward, dismount immediately on the
uphill side.
Crossing Water
3. Backing down hills is a bad idea; do Your ATV can only handle water up to its
a U-turn or K-turn instead to turn footrests. Any more than that and you
risk engine damage and/or personal
around.
injury. Stay away from fast moving rivers. ATV tires can be buoyant, so if the
Skidding or Sliding
water is too deep, you might find the
If you lose control after hitting sand, ice, ATV suddenly afloat.
mud, or water:
1. Physically check the depth and cur1. Turn your handlebar into the direcrent of the water, especially if you
tion of the slide.
can’t see the bottom. You’re also
checking for boulders, logs, or any
2. Keep your hand off the brakes until
other hidden obstacles.
you’re out of the skid.
3. Shift your weight forward.
Sometimes your ATV may not respond
and goes straight ahead instead of letting
you turn. Here’s how to handle it:
1. Slow down.
2. Move forward on the seat.
3. Lean to inside of turn.
4. Turn handlebar.
2. Keep your speed slow.
3. Make sure you have a way out on
the other side of the water.
4. If you get stuck in the sludge or
mud, try rocking the ATV from side
to side.
5. Once you’ve cleared the water,
briefly apply the brakes to make sure
they work.
Parking on a Hill
Crossing Roads
This shouldn’t be necessary, but if it is:
Crossing roads on your ATV is also a bad
idea, so avoid it. If you can’t:
1. Keep it in gear.
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ATV Operation
1. Stop completely on the shoulder of
the road.
2. Check both directions for traffic.
3. Crossing near a blind corner or intersection is dangerous; don’t do it.
4. Drive straight across to the opposite
shoulder.
3. If the brakes are frozen, take the
ATV to a warmer area to thaw out
the brakes.
! WARNING
Do not attempt to free frozen brakes
by pouring warm water on the brake
pads and housings.
5. Take into account that your ATV  NOTE: After the brakes thaw, dry
could stall while crossing; give them by applying them several
yourself enough time to get off the times while riding slowly.
road.
 NOTE: After riding through water,
6. You have to assume that oncoming mud, snow, or slush, it is important
cars don’t see you, and if they do, to dry both brake systems before
they won’t be able to predict your parking the ATV.
actions.
7. It’s illegal to cross public roads in
some places. Know your local laws.
Cold Weather Driving
 NOTE: Check that all control levers
move freely. Make sure that the footrest and rear foot brake are free of ice
and snow.
! WARNING
For your personal safety, it is very
important to wear the type and
amount of cold-weather clothing
according to the coldest anticipated
temperatures.
1. With the transmission in neutral,
move the ATV forward and backward to check that the wheels roll
freely. If the ATV will not roll, the
tires may be frozen to the ground or
the brake pads may be frozen to the
discs.
! WARNING
Go slowly and be extra careful when
riding on snow-covered or ice-covered terrain. Always be alert to
changing terrain conditions when
operating the ATV.
4. Practice driving in an open snowcovered or ice-covered area at slow
speeds before driving on snow-covered or ice-covered trails.
5. Learn how the ATV responds to
steering and braking on the type of
terrain to be encountered on the ride.
Stopping The ATV
To stop the ATV, first release the throttle
lever. Next, apply the brakes.
Stopping The Engine
To stop the engine, turn the ignition
switch key to the OFF position or set the
engine stop switch to the OFF position.
2. If the tires are frozen to the ground,
pour warm water around them to  NOTE: Leaving the ignition
switch key in the ON position could
melt the ice.
result in a discharged battery.
CAUTION
Before riding, manually move the
ATV forward and backward to make
certain that all wheels roll freely.
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General Information
ATV Identification
Numbers
Control Locations and
Functions
The Arctic Cat ATV has two identifica- Ignition Switch
tion numbers: Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) and Engine Serial Num- The ignition switch has three positions.
ber (ESN).
The VIN is located on the front of the
frame.
KM185
OFF position — All electrical circuits
are off. The engine will not start. The key
can be removed in this position.
KM080A
ON position — The ignition circuit is
The ESN is located on the lower left-side complete and the engine can run. The key
of the crankcase near the front of the cannot be removed in this position.
engine.
LIGHTS position — The ignition circuit
is complete and the taillight is on. The key
cannot be removed in this position.
 NOTE: To illuminate the headlight, the engine must be running
and the headlight switch must be in
the HI or LO position.
CAUTION
KM082A
Ignition Switch Key
Two keys come with the ATV. Keep the
spare key in a safe place. An identifying
number is stamped on each key. Use this
number when ordering a replacement key.
Leaving the ignition switch in the ON
or LIGHTS position for a long period
of time when the engine is not running may cause the battery to discharge. Always leave the ignition
switch in the OFF position when
engine is not running.
Shift Lever
The DVX model has a single-range automatic transmission with reverse. The
Utility model has a dual-range automatic
transmission with reverse.
ATV-0055
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KM203A
KM161B
1. Squeeze the hand brake two or three
times and release it.
2. Push and hold the brake lever lock.
3. While pushing forward on the brake
lever lock, squeeze the brake lever.
 NOTE: It will click as it engages
and the brake lever will not return to
its released position.
KM124A
Hand Brake Lever
4. Release the brake lever lock by
squeezing the brake lever. It will
return to its released position.
The hand brake is considered to be the Check to make sure the brake lever lock
normal operating (main) brake.
engages properly and that the brake
The hand brake should be applied when- (when engaged) locks the wheels.
ever braking is needed.
1. Pump the brake lever 2 or 3 times.
Apply the brake by compressing the lever
2. Engage the brake lever lock.
toward the handlebar.
3. Attempt to push the ATV.
 NOTE: The brake lever lock must
lock the wheels. If it doesn’t, take
the ATV to an authorized Arctic Cat
ATV dealer for service.
! WARNING
KM161A
Brake Lever Lock
To engage and release the brake lever
lock, use the following procedure.
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Always check to be sure that the
brake lever lock has been disengaged
before operating the ATV. An accident
could result if the brake lever lock is
left engaged while the ATV is operated
due to overheating of the brake system.
Engine Stop Switch
! WARNING
Never use the brake lever lock as a
parking brake or depend on it to hold
the ATV when parking on a hill. The
brake may relax if left engaged for a
long period of time. This could cause
an accident; therefore, do not leave
the ATV on a hill depending on the
brake lever lock. Always block the
downhill side of the wheels if leaving
the ATV on a hill or park the ATV in a
sidehill position.
Rear Foot Brake
OFF position - The ignition circuit is off.
The engine cannot be started or will not
run. If the emergency stop switch is used to
stop engine without turning off ignition
switch, the battery may discharge.
RUN position - The ignition circuit is
on. The engine can start and run.
Starter Button
Pushing in on this button activates the
starter motor. Before starting the engine,
make sure the ignition switch is in the ON
position, the transmission is in neutral, and
the parking brake lock is engaged.
Pressing the rear foot brake downward will
 NOTE: This ATV has a safety
apply the brake to the rear wheels.
interlock switch which prevents the
starter motor from activating when
the transmission is not in neutral.
The interlock will be bypassed if the
hand brake lever is compressed or
if the auxiliary brake pedal is
depressed.
Reverse Override
KM130
Headlight OFF/HI/LO
Switch
These ATV’s are equipped with a reverse
speed limiter system. When additional
RPM is needed in reverse, depress and
hold the override button.
Use the headlight OFF/HI/LO switch to
select the high or low headlight beam
when the ignition switch is in the
LIGHTS position. When the switch is in
the HI position, the high beam will illuminate. When the switch is in the LO
position, the low beam will illuminate.
When the switch is in the OFF position,
only the taillight will illuminate.
KM121C
! WARNING
Never activate the override while the
throttle is open as a loss of control
may result.
Choke Lever
KM161C
The choke lever is used to help start a cold
engine. Move the lever to the left to activate the choke. Return the lever to the
right position to de-activate the choke.
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Throttle Lever
Control engine RPM with the position of
the throttle lever. Operate this lever with
the thumb. Pushing it forward increases
engine RPM and allowing it to retract
decreases engine RPM.
KM146A
KM122A
Throttle Limiter Screw
Throttle lever travel may be limited by
adjusting the throttle limiter screw. The
throttle limiter should be adjusted
according to the operator’s skill and
experience. To adjust the throttle limiter,
use the following procedure.
In the OFF position, the valve will prevent gasoline flow to the carburetor. In
the ON position (the normal operating
position), gasoline will flow from the
tank to the carburetor. In this position,
4.54 L (1.2 U.S. gal.) will remain in the
tank as a reserve quantity.
Moving the valve to the reserve (RES)
position will allow the operator to use the
remaining gasoline in the tank. When
turning the valve to any of the three positions, be sure the indicator is pointed
directly at the position desired.
! WARNING
Leaving the fuel valve in the ON or
RES position when the engine is off
can be hazardous. The carburetor
may overflow and fuel may run into
the engine. This can cause a fire or
cause severe damage to the ATV
when the engine is started. Always
leave the fuel valve in the OFF position when the engine is not running.
KM125A
1. Loosen the jam nut (1).
Indicator Lights (Utility)
2. Turn the throttle limiter screw (2)
clockwise to decrease engine RPM
maximum or counterclockwise to
increase engine RPM maximum.
3. Tighten the jam nut securely.
Fuel Valve
The fuel valve is incorporated in the gas
tank. There are three positions: ON, RES
(reserve), and OFF.
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KM123A
1. Low Range Indicator - A white
light will illuminate when the shift
lever is in the “low range” position.
The light will go out when the lever
is moved to another position.
2. High Beam Indicator - A blue light
will illuminate when the engine is
running, the ignition switch is in the
LIGHTS position, and the headlight
switch is in the HI beam position.
CAUTION
3. Neutral Indicator - A green light
will illuminate when the transmission is in neutral and the ignition
switch is on. The light will go out
when shifted into any gear other
than neutral.
Arctic Cat does not recommend
using a pressure washer to clean the
radiator core. The pressure may bend
or flatten the fins causing restricted
air flow, and electrical components
on the radiator could be damaged.
Use only a garden hose with spray
nozzle at normal tap pressure.
4. Reverse Indicator - A red light will
illuminate when the transmission is
shifted into reverse gear. The light
will go off when shifted out of
reverse.
2. High Beam Indicator - A blue light
will illuminate when the engine is
running, the ignition switch is in the
LIGHTS position, and the headlight
switch is in the HI beam position.
Indicator Lights (DVX)
3. Neutral Indicator - A green light
will illuminate when the transmission is in neutral and the ignition
switch is on. The light will go out
when shifted into any gear other
than neutral.
4. Reverse Indicator - A red light will
illuminate when the transmission is
shifted into reverse gear. The light
will go off when shifted out of
reverse.
KM176A
Speedometer/LCD
1. Temperature Indicator - A red (Utility)
light will illuminate if the engine
overheats. The light should be off
during normal operation.
CAUTION
Continued operation of the ATV with
high engine temperature may result
in engine damage or premature wear.
 NOTE: High engine RPM, low vehicle speed, or heavy load can raise
engine temperature. Decreasing
engine RPM, reducing load, and
selecting an appropriate transmission gear can lower the temperature.
 NOTE: Debris in front of the
engine (or packed between the
cooling fins of the radiator) can
reduce cooling capability. Using a
garden hose, wash the radiator and
the engine to remove any debris
restricting air flow.
KM123B
1. Mode/Set Button (1) - In conjunction with Mode/Set Button (2), shifts
the LCD through mode and reset
operations.
2. Mode/Set Button (2) - In conjunction with Mode/Set Button (1), shifts
the LCD through mode and reset
operations.
3. Coolant Temperature Indicator
(3) - Displays approximate engine
coolant temperature.
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6. Digital Clock (6) - Displays time in
 NOTE: Normal operating range is
hours and minutes when the ignition
from the bottom segment (C) up to
switch is turned to the ON position.
but not including the top segment
(H). In the event the top segment (H)
To set the time, turn the ignition
is displayed, all segments of the
switch to the ON position; then use
display and the temperature icon
the following procedure.
will flash indicating high engine
 NOTE: If the Hour Set or Minute
temperature.
Set operation is interrupted for
more than 10 seconds, the clock
CAUTION
will return to normal operation.
Continued operation of the ATV with
A. Hour Set: Press and hold Mode/
high engine temperature may result
Set Buttons (1) and (2) until the
in engine damage or premature wear.
 NOTE: High engine RPM, low vehicle speed, or heavy load can raise
engine temperature. Decreasing
engine RPM, reducing load, and
selecting an appropriate transmission gear can lower the temperature.
hour display flashes; then
release both buttons and again
press Mode/Set Button (2) to
select the desired hour. When
the desired hour is displayed,
release the button.
 NOTE: The clock displays a
 NOTE: Debris in front of the sequential 24-hour time only. There
engine (or packed between the is no 12-hour AM/PM designation.
cooling fins of the radiator) can
B. Minute Set: Press and hold
reduce cooling capability. Using a
Mode/Set Button (1) until the
garden hose, wash the radiator and
minute display flashes; then
the engine to remove any debris
release the button and press
restricting air flow.
CAUTION
Arctic Cat does not recommend using
a pressure washer to clean the radiator core. The pressure may bend or
flatten the fins causing restricted air
flow, and electrical components on
the radiator could be damaged. Use
only a garden hose with spray nozzle
at normal tap pressure.
4. Speedometer (4) - Displays approximate vehicle speed in mph or km/h.
 NOTE: To shift the display
between mph and km/h, press the
Mode/Set Button for two seconds.
The LCD will display either mph or
km/h on the right-side of the display. The Odometer/Trip Meter (7)
will shift to correspond (miles/kilometers) with the speedometer.
5. Fuel Level Indicator (5) - Indicates
approximate amount of gasoline in
the gas tank.
 NOTE: When the bottom segment
flashes, gasoline quantity is low.
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Mode/Set Button (2) to select
the desired minute. When the
desired minute is displayed,
release the button.
 NOTE: When the button is released
for more than 10 seconds, the clock
will return to normal operation.
7. Odometer/Trip Meter (7) - Displays
distance in miles or kilometers the
vehicle has traveled. The odometer
(ODO) displays total distance and
cannot be reset to zero. The trip
meter (TRIP) displays distance and
can be reset to zero. The distance
(miles/kilometers) will correspond to
the speedometer. To shift between
(ODO) and (TRIP), press and hold
Mode/Set Button (2) for two seconds.
To reset the (TRIP) display to zero,
shift the display to (TRIP); then press
and hold Mode/Set Button (2) and
simultaneously press Mode/Set Button (1) until the display reads zero.
Release the buttons.
Gas/Vent Hoses
Replace the gas hose every two years.
Damage from aging may not always be
visible. Do not bend or obstruct the routing of the carburetor vent hose. Make
certain that the vent hose is securely connected to the carburetor and hose holder
and the opposite end is always open.
Carburetor Float Bowl
Drain
KM180
Periodically, the float bowl should be Seat Latch
drained to remove condensation. To drain
1. To remove the seat, push the seat
the float bowl, use the following procedure.
latch lever to the left (located at the
rear end of the seat). Raise the rear
end of the seat and slide it backward.
2. To lock the seat into position, slide
the front of the seat into the seat
retainer and push down firmly on
rear of seat. The seat should automatically lock into position.
! WARNING
KM128A
1. Place a suitable container beneath
the drain hose.
Make sure the seat is secure before
mounting the ATV. Severe personal
injury may result if the seat is not
properly secured.
2. Loosen the drain screw and allow
the gasoline and condensation to Safety Flag Bracket
flow into the container.
A bracket is provided for mounting a flag
at the rear of the ATV.
3. Tighten the drain screw securely.
! WARNING
Draining fuel from the carburetor can
be hazardous. Fuel can catch on fire
if not handled properly. When draining the carburetor, always shut the
engine off. Do not smoke and never
drain or refuel in an area where there
are open flames or sparks. Dispose
of drained fuel properly.
Oil Level Inspection
Window
The oil level inspection window is
located on the lower-right side of the
engine. With the ATV on a level surface,
the oil level should be visible at any point
between the level marks.
KM107
Rack Loading (Front
and Rear) - Utility
The front rack and rear rack are designed
to carry specified load capacities. Always
refer to the ATV Load Capacity Ratings
chart for proper capacities.
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Transporting ATV
! WARNING
When transporting the ATV, Arctic Cat
recommends that the ATV be in its normal
Make sure the loads on the front and operating position (on all four wheels) and
rear racks will not interfere with the the following procedure be used.
ATV controls or obstruct the view of
the operator. Also, make sure the
loads are evenly distributed, properly secured, and will not shift while
operating the ATV.
Trailering and Towing
(Utility)
! WARNING
1. Engage the brake lever lock and
place the transmission in gear.
CAUTION
Failure to engage the brake lever
lock and place the transmission in
gear could result in the ATV rolling
off the trailer in the event of tiedown strap failure.
Never use the racks as a towing or
trailering point.
2. Secure the ATV with load rated
hold-down straps.
Trailer Tongue Weight is the downward
force exerted on the hitch by the trailer
coupler when the trailer is fully loaded
and the coupler is at its normal towing
height. Refer to the Load Capacity Ratings chart for tongue weight information.
 NOTE: Suitable hold-down straps
are available from your Arctic Cat
ATV dealer. Ordinary rope is not
recommended because it can
stretch under load.
Always maintain a slow speed when
trailering and towing and avoid sudden
accelerations, quick maneuvers, and sudden stops. Braking distance will be
affected when towing a trailer. When
towing a trailer, always maintain slow
speed and allow more stopping distance
than when not towing a trailer.
Gasoline-Oil-Lubricant
Recommended Gasoline
The recommended gasoline to use in this
ATV is 87 minimum octane regular
unleaded. In many areas, oxygenates are
added to the gasoline. Oxygenated gasolines containing up to 10% ethanol or 5%
methane are acceptable gasolines.
! WARNING
When using ethanol blended gasoline, it is
not necessary to add a gasoline antifreeze
Riding an ATV without extra caution since ethanol will prevent the accumulation
when towing a trailer will be hazard- of moisture in the fuel system.
ous. Trailer towing can affect the
handling and braking of the ATV.
Never tow a trailer without a rigid
tongue and never exceed 10 mph.
Avoid sudden accelerations and
stopping of the ATV. Do not make
quick maneuvers. Avoid uneven surfaces and do not tow on hills. Never
carry passengers in a trailer unless
the trailer is designed for such use
and has a rigid tow bar. Allow more
stopping distance than when not
towing a trailer.
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CAUTION
Do not use white gas. Only Arctic
Cat approved gasoline additives
should be used.
Recommended Engine Oil
Filling Gas Tank
CAUTION
! WARNING
Any oil used in place of the recommended oil could cause serious
engine damage. Do not use oils
which contain graphite or molybdenum additives. These oils can
adversely affect clutch operation.
Also, not recommended are racing,
vegetable, non-detergent, and castor-based oils.
Always fill the gas tank in a well-ventilated area. Never add gasoline to
the ATV gas tank near any open
flames or with the engine running or
hot. DO NOT SMOKE while filling the
gas tank.
Since gasoline expands as its temperature
increases, the gas tank must be filled to
its rated capacity only. Expansion room
The recommended oil to use is Arctic Cat must be maintained in the tank particuACX All Weather synthetic engine oil, larly if the tank is filled with cold gasowhich has been specifically formulated for line and then moved to a warm area.
use in this Arctic Cat engine. Although
Arctic Cat ACX All Weather synthetic
engine oil is the only oil recommended for
use in this engine, use of any API certified
SM 0W-40 oil is acceptable.
KM099
OILCHARTJ
Recommended
Transmission/Rear Drive
Lubricant
 NOTE: Arctic Cat recommends
the use of genuine Arctic Cat lubricants.
The recommended lubricant (transmission and rear drive) is SAE approved
80W-90 hypoid. This lubricant meets all
of the lubrication requirements of the
Arctic Cat ATV.
CAUTION
Any lubricant used in place of the
recommended lubricant could cause
serious transmission or rear drive
damage.
Allow the engine to cool before filling
the gas tank. Care must be taken not to
overfill the tank. If overfilled, gas may
leak onto the engine creating a fire hazard.
To remove and install the tank cap, use
the following procedure.
1. Remove the vent tube from the
instrument pod.
2. Turn the cap counterclockwise and
remove.
! WARNING
Do not over-flow gasoline when filling the gas tank. A fire hazard could
materialize. Always allow the engine
to cool before filling the gas tank.
3. Turn the cap clockwise to tighten the
cap securely after filling the tank;
then install the vent tube making
sure it is properly routed.
! WARNING
Do not overfill the gas tank.
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Engine Break-In
After the completion of the break-in
period, the engine oil should be changed
and the screen should be cleaned. Other
maintenance after break-in should
include checking of all prescribed adjustments and tightening of all fasteners. At
the discretion and expense of the owner/
operator, the ATV may be taken to an
authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer for this
initial service.
When the engine starts, allow it to warm
up properly. Idle the engine several minutes until the engine has reached normal
operating temperature. Do not idle the
engine for excessively long periods of
time.
Burnishing Brake Pads
Brake pads must be burnished to achieve
full braking effectiveness. Braking distance will be extended until brake pads
are properly burnished.
New ATV’s and renewed ATV engines
require a “break-in” period. The first To properly burnish the brakes, use folmonth is most critical to the life of this lowing procedure:
ATV. Proper operation during this break1. Choose an area sufficiently large to
in period will help assure maximum life
safely accelerate ATV to 30 mph and
and performance from the ATV.
to brake to a stop.
During the first 10 hours of operation,
2. Accelerate to 30 mph; then comalways use less than ½ throttle. Varying
press brake lever to decelerate to 0-5
the engine RPM during the break-in
mph.
period allows the components to “load”
3.
Repeat
procedure twenty times.
(aiding the engine/transmission component mating process) and then “unload”
! WARNING
(allowing components to cool). Although
it is essential to place some stress on the Do not attempt sudden stops or put
engine components during break-in, care yourself into a situation where a sudshould be taken not to overload the den stop will be required until the
engine too often.
brake pads are properly burnished.
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General Maintenance
 NOTE: Proper maintenance of the ATV is important for optimum performance. Follow the Maintenance Schedule and all ensuing maintenance and care instructions/information.
 NOTE: Proper maintenance procedures for each item can be found on
the corresponding page indicated.
If, at any time, abnormal noises, vibrations, or improper functioning of any component of this ATV is detected, DO NOT OPERATE THE ATV. Take the ATV to an
authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer for inspection and adjustment or repair.
If the owner/operator does not feel qualified to perform any of these maintenance
procedures or checks, take the ATV to an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer for professional service.
Maintenance Schedule
After
Item
Page
break-in 1 month 3 months 6 months
(100 miles)
Air filter (Engine)
63
I
I
Air filter (V-belt housing)
62
I
I
Battery
58
I
I
* Brake components
57
I
Inspect every time before riding
Brake fluid
57
I
*Replace every 2 years
Brake hoses
57
I
*Replace every 4 years
* Chassis nuts and bolts
—
I
T
Cooling system
54
I
Inspect every time before riding
Electrical connections
—
I
I
* Engine nuts and bolts
—
I
I
Engine oil
55
C
C
Frame/welds/racks
—
I
I
Gas/vent hoses
49
I
Inspect every time before riding
49
Replace every 2 years
Headlight/taillight-brakelight
66
I
Inspect every time before riding
Idle RPM
61
I
I
Rear drive lubricant (Utility)
56
Replace every 12 months
Drive Chain (DVX)
64
I
Inspect every time before riding
Spark arrester/muffler
66
C
Spark plug
61
I
I
I
61
Replace every 18 months
* Steering
—
I
Inspect every time before riding
* Suspension
—
I
Inspect every time before riding
(Ball joint boots and tie rod boots)
Throttle cable
62
I
Inspect every time before riding
Tires/air pressure
65/29
I
Inspect every time before riding
Transmission lubricant
56
Replace every 12 months
* Valve clearance
—
I
I
I = Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, replace as necessary T = Tighten C = Clean
* = Dealer maintenance
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Cooling System
 NOTE: Debris in front of the
engine or packed between the cooling fins of the radiator can reduce
cooling capability. Using a garden
hose, wash the radiator to remove
any debris preventing air flow.
CAUTION
Arctic Cat does not recommend
using a pressure washer to clean
the radiator core. The pressure may
bend or flatten the fins causing
restricted air flow, and electrical
components on the radiator could
be damaged. Use only a garden
hose with spray nozzle at normal tap
pressure.
KM136
When filling the cooling system, use a
coolant/water mixture which will satisfy
the coldest anticipated weather conditions of the area in accordance with the
coolant manufacturer’s recommendations. While the cooling system is being
filled, air pockets may develop; therefore, run the engine for five minutes after
the initial fill, shut the engine off, and
The cooling system capacity is approxi- then fill the cooling system.
mately 1.4 L (1.5 U.S. qt). The cooling
system should be inspected daily for  NOTE: Use a good quality, biodeleakage and damage. If leakage or dam- gradable glycol-based, automotiveage is detected, take the ATV to an autho- type antifreeze.
rized Arctic Cat ATV dealer for service.
! WARNING
Also, the coolant level should be checked
periodically.
Never check the coolant level when
CAUTION
the engine is hot or the cooling system is under pressure.
Continued operation of the ATV with
high engine temperature may result
in engine damage or premature wear.
CAUTION
 NOTE: High engine RPM, low
After operating the ATV for the initial
5-10 minutes, stop the engine, allow
the engine to cool down, and check
the coolant level. Add coolant as
necessary.
vehicle speed, or heavy load can
raise engine temperature. Decreasing engine RPM, reducing load, and
selecting an appropriate transmission gear can lower the tempera- Shock Absorbers
ture.
Each shock absorber should be visibly
The engine coolant will expand in the checked weekly for excessive fluid leakradiator as the temperature increases. age (some seal leakage may be observed
Excessive coolant will flow to the cool- but it does not indicate the shock is in
ant overflow tank; then as the system need of replacement), cracks or breaks in
cools, coolant will be drawn back into the the lower case, or a bent shock rod. If any
radiator. The coolant level in the over- one of these conditions is detected,
flow tank should be maintained between replacement is necessary.
low and full marks on the tank.
 NOTE: When the ATV is operated
in extremely cold weather (-23°C/
-10°F or colder), a small amount of
leakage may be present. Unless the
leakage is excessive, replacement
is not necessary.
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The shock absorber has a spring force
adjustment sleeve with five adjustment
positions to allow the spring to be
adjusted for different riding and loading
conditions. If the spring action is too soft
or too stiff, adjust it according to the
chart.
Engine Oil and Screen
 NOTE: Refer to the recommended
oil viscosity chart (on page 51) in
this manual for the proper engine oil.
Change the engine oil and clean the oil
screen at the scheduled intervals. The
engine should always be warm when the
oil is changed so the oil will drain easily
and completely.
1. Park the ATV on level ground.
2. Loosen the oil fill plug. Be careful
not to allow contaminates to enter
the opening.
KM172
KM126A
KM177
 NOTE:
Before attempting to
adjust suspension, clean dirt and
debris from the sleeve and remove
load from the suspension; then use
the spanner wrench to adjust the
sleeve to the desired position.
Position
Spring
Force
1
Setting
Load
Soft
Light
Stiff
Heavy
2
3. Remove the screen/filter cap from
the bottom of the crankcase. Drain
the oil into a drain pan.
CAUTION
When the cap is removed, a compression spring, screen/filter, and an
O-ring will fall into the drain pan.
Take care to account for these components.
4. Using a brush and parts-cleaning
solvent, clean the screen/filter; then
clean the cap and inspect the O-ring.
3
4
5
Stronger
General Lubrication
Cables
None of the cables require lubrication;
however, it is advisable to lubricate the
ends of the cables periodically with a
good cable lubricant.
KM147A
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CD628
KM106A
5. Install the O-ring, screen/filter, compression spring, and the O-ring; then
secure with the screen/filter cap.
Tighten cap to 11 ft-lb.
4. Install the drain plug and tighten to
22 ft-lb.
6. Remove the oil fill plug; then pour
recommended oil into the crankcase.
Install fill plug.
7. Start the engine (while the ATV is
outside on level ground) and allow it
to idle for a few minutes.
5. Pour correct amount of recommended
lubricant (see specifications chart)
into the fill plug hole; then install the
fill plug and tighten securely.
6. Start the engine and drive the ATV
to warm up the transmission; then
check for any leaks around the drain
and fill plugs.
8. Turn the engine off. Check the oil Rear Drive Lubricant
level in the oil level inspection win- (Utility)
dow. The oil level should be
Change the rear drive lubricant at the
between the low and high marks.
scheduled intervals. The rear drive
9. Inspect the area around the screen/ should always be warm when the lubrifilter cap for leaks.
cant is changed so it will drain easily and
completely.
Transmission Lubricant
Change the transmission lubricant at the
scheduled intervals. The transmission
should always be warm when the lubricant is changed so it will drain easily and
completely.
1. Park the ATV on level ground.
2. Remove the fill plug. Be careful not
to allow contaminates to enter the
opening.
KM131A
1. Park the ATV on level ground.
2. Remove the fill plug. Be careful not to
allow contaminates to enter the opening.
3. Remove the drain plug and drain the
lubricant into a drain pan.
4. Install the drain plug and tighten to
15 ft-lb.
KM104A
3. Remove the drain plug and drain the
lubricant into a drain pan.
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5. Pour 150 ml (5 fl oz) of recommended lubricant into the fill plug
hole; then install the fill plug and
tighten securely.
6. Start the engine and drive the ATV Brake Hoses
to warm up the rear drive; then
check for any leaks around the drain Carefully inspect the hydraulic brake hoses
for cracks or other damage. If found, take
and fill plugs.
the ATV to an authorized Arctic Cat ATV
dealer to have the brake hoses replaced.
Hydraulic Brakes
Brake Pads
! WARNING
Be sure to inspect the hydraulic
brake system before each use.
Always maintain brakes according
to the Maintenance Schedule.
Brake Fluid
Check the brake fluid level in the hand
brake fluid reservoir. If the level in the
reservoir is below the lower mark in the
sight glass, add DOT 4 brake fluid.
The clearance between the brake pads
and brake discs is adjusted automatically
as the brake pads wear. The only maintenance that is required is replacement of
the brake pads when they show excessive
wear. Check the condition of each of the
brake pads as follows:
1. Remove a front wheel.
2. Measure each brake pad thickness.
3. If thickness of either brake pad is less
than 1.0 mm (0.039 in.), take the ATV
to an authorized Arctic Cat ATV
dealer to have brake pads replaced.
KM161D
Check the brake fluid level in the auxiliary brake fluid reservoir.
If the level in the reservoir is below the
LOWER mark, add DOT 4 brake fluid.
PR376B
4. Install the wheel and tighten using a
crisscross pattern to 40 ft-lb.
Brake Lever Lock
Check to make sure the brake lever lock
engages properly and that the brake
(when engaged) locks the wheels.
1. Pump the brake lever 2 or 3 times.
2. Engage the brake lever lock.
KM137
CAUTION
Be careful not to spill any fluid when
filling the brake fluid reservoir. Wipe
away spilled fluid immediately.
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3. Attempt to push the ATV.
 NOTE: The brake lever lock must
1. Secure the ATV on a support stand
to elevate the front wheels.
lock the wheels. If it doesn’t, take
the ATV to an authorized Arctic Cat
ATV dealer for service.
2. Remove both front wheels.
Protective Rubber
Boots
The protective boots should be inspected
periodically according to the Maintenance Schedule.
Ball Joint Boots (Upper
and Lower/Right and Left)
3. Inspect the four tie rod boots for
cracks, tears, or perforations.
4. Check the tie rod end free-play by
grasping the tie rod near the end and
attempting to move it up and down.
5. If boot damage is present or tie rod
end free-play seems excessive, contact an authorized Arctic Cat ATV
dealer for service.
Battery
The battery is located under the seat.
KM117A
After being in service, batteries require
regular cleaning and recharging in order
to deliver peak performance and maximum service life. The following procedure is recommended for cleaning and
maintaining a sealed battery. Always read
and follow instructions provided with
battery chargers and battery products.
1. Secure the ATV on a support stand  NOTE: Refer to all warnings and
cautions provided with the battery
to elevate the front wheels.
or battery maintainer/charger.
2. Remove both front wheels.
Loss of battery charge may be caused by
3. Inspect the four ball joint boots for ambient temperature, ignition OFF curcracks, tears, or perforations.
rent draw, corroded terminals, self dis4. Check the ball joint for free-play by charge, frequent start/stops, and short
grasping the steering knuckle and engine run times. Frequent winch usage,
turning it from side to side and up snow plowing, extended low RPM operation, short trips, and high amperage
and down.
accessory usage are also reasons for bat5. If boot damage is present or ball tery discharge.
joint free-play seems excessive, contact an authorized Arctic Cat ATV Maintenance Charging
dealer for service.
 NOTE: Arctic Cat recommends
the use of the CTEK Multi US 800 or
Tie Rod Boots (Inner and
the CTEK Multi US 3300 for battery
Outer/Right and Left)
maintenance charging. Maintenance charging is required on all
batteries not used for more than
two weeks or as required by battery
drain.
1. When charging a battery in the vehicle, be sure the ignition switch is in
the OFF position.
2. Clean the battery terminals with a
solution of baking soda and water.
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 NOTE: The sealing strip should
NOT be removed and NO fluid
should be added.
3. Be sure the charger and battery are
in a well-ventilated area. Be sure the
charger is unplugged from the 110volt electrical outlet.
4. Connect the red terminal lead from
the charger to the positive terminal
3300A
of the battery; then connect the black
terminal lead of the charger to the
 NOTE: Not using a battery charnegative terminal of the battery.
ger with the proper float mainte NOTE: Optional battery charging nance will damage the battery if
adapters are available from your connected over extended periods.
authorized Arctic Cat dealer to connect directly to your vehicle from the Charging
recommended chargers to simplify  NOTE: Arctic Cat recommends
the maintenance charging process. the use of the CTEK Multi US 800 or
Check with your authorized Arctic the CTEK Multi US 3300 for battery
Cat dealer for proper installation of maintenance charging.
these charging adapter connectors.
1. Be sure the battery and terminals
5. Plug the battery charger into a 110have been cleaned with a baking
volt electrical outlet.
soda and water solution.
6. If using the CTEK Multi US 800,  NOTE: The sealing strip should
there are no further buttons to push. NOT be removed and NO fluid
If using the CTEK Multi US 3300, should be added.
press the Mode button (A) at the left
of the charger until the Maintenance
2. Be sure the charger and battery are
Charge Icon (B) at the bottom illuin a well-ventilated area. Be sure the
minates. The Normal Charge Indicacharger is unplugged from the 110tor (C) should illuminate on the
volt electrical outlet.
upper portion of the battery charger.
3. Connect the red terminal lead from
the charger to the positive terminal
of the battery; then connect the black
terminal lead of the charger to the
negative terminal of the battery.
4. Plug the charger into a 110-volt electrical outlet.
800E
 NOTE:
The maintainer/charger
will charge the battery to 95%
capacity at which time the Maintenance Charge Indicator (D) will illuminate and the maintainer/charger
will change to pulse/float maintenance. If the battery falls below 12.9
DC volts, the charger will automatically start again at the first step of
the charge sequence.
5. By pushing the Mode button (A) on
the left side of the charger, select the
Normal Charge Icon (E). The Normal Charge Indicator (C) should
illuminate on the upper left portion
of the charger.
6. The battery will charge to 95% of its
capacity at which time the Maintenance Charge Indicator (D) will illuminate.
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 NOTE: For optimal charge and
performance, leave the charger
connected to the battery for a minimum 1 hour after the Maintenance
Charge Indicator (D) illuminates. If
the battery becomes hot to the
touch, stop charging. Resume after
it has cooled.
2. Inspect the battery for any signs of
electrolyte leaks, loose terminals, or
bulging sides. Leaking or bulging
battery cases may indicate a frozen
or shorted battery.
! WARNING
7. Once the battery has reached full
charge, unplug the charger from the
110-volt electrical outlet.
If any of these conditions exist, DO
NOT attempt a jump-start, boost, or
charge the battery. An explosion
could occur causing serious injury.
 NOTE: If, after charging, the battery does not perform to operator
expectations, bring the battery to
an authorized Arctic Cat dealer for
further troubleshooting.
3. Inspect the vehicle to be used for
jump-starting to determine if voltage
and ground polarity are compatible.
The vehicle must have a 12-volt DC,
negative ground electrical system.
Jump-Starting
 NOTE: Arctic Cat does not recommend jump-starting a vehicle with a
dead battery but rather to remove
the battery, service it, and correctly
charge it; however, in an emergency, it may be necessary to jumpstart a vehicle. If so, use the following procedure to carefully and
safely complete this procedure.
! WARNING
Improper handling or connecting of
a battery may result in severe injury
including acid burns, electrical
burns, or blindness as a result of an
explosion. Always remove rings and
watches.
1. On the vehicle to be jump-started,
remove the battery cover and any
terminal boots.
! WARNING
Any time service is performed on a
battery, the following must be
observed: keep sparks, open flame,
cigarettes, or any other flame away.
Always wear safety glasses. Protect
skin and clothing when handling a
battery. When servicing battery in
enclosed space, keep the area wellventilated. Make sure battery venting is not obstructed.
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CAUTION
Always make sure the electrical systems are of the same voltage and
ground polarity prior to connecting
jumper cables. If not, severe electrical damage may occur.
4. Move the vehicle to be used for the
jump-start close enough to ensure the
jumper cables easily reach; then shift
into neutral, set and lock the brakes,
shut off all electrical accessories, and
turn the ignition switch OFF.
 NOTE: Make sure all switches on
the vehicle to be jump-started are
turned OFF.
5. Disconnect all external accessories
such as cell phones, GPS units, and
radios on both vehicles.
CAUTION
Failure to disconnect electronic
accessories during jump-starting
may cause system damage due to
power spikes.
6. Attach one clamp of the positive
(red) jumper cable to the positive (+)
terminal (1) of the dead battery (C)
being careful not to touch any metal
with the other clamp; then attach the
other clamp of the positive (red)
jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal (2) of the good battery (B).
Spark Plug
The ATV comes equipped with a specified
spark plug. See the specifications chart for
the correct spark plug. A light brown insulator indicates that the plug is correct. A
white or dark insulator indicates that the
engine may need to be serviced or the carburetor may need to be adjusted. Consult
an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer if the
plug insulator is not a light brown color.
0744-527 To help prevent cold weather fouling,
 NOTE: Some jumper cables may be make sure to thoroughly warm up the
the same color but the clamps or ends engine before operating.
will be color-coded red and black.
To maintain a hot, strong spark, keep the
7. Attach one clamp of the negative plug free of carbon.
(black) jumper cable to the negative Before removing the spark plug, be sure to
(-) terminal (3) of the good battery clean the area around the spark plug. If
(B); then attach the other clamp of you do not, dirt could enter engine when
the negative (black) jumper cable (4) removing or installing the spark plug.
to an unpainted metal surface (A) on
the engine or frame well away from Adjust the gap to 0.8-0.9 mm (0.032the dead battery and fuel system 0.036 in.) for proper ignition. Use a
feeler gauge to check the gap.
components.
! WARNING
Never make the final connection to a
battery as a spark could ignite
hydrogen gases causing an explosion of the battery resulting in acid
burns or blindness.
8. Stand well away from the dead battery and start the vehicle with the
good battery. Allow the vehicle to
ATV-0052B
run for several minutes applying When installing the spark plug, be sure to
some charge to the dead battery.
tighten it securely. A new spark plug
9. Start the vehicle with the dead bat- should be tightened 1/2 turn once the
tery and allow it to run for several washer contacts the cylinder head. A used
minutes before disconnecting the spark plug should be tightened 1/8-1/4 turn
once the washer contacts the cylinder head.
jumper cables.
10. Remove the jumper cables in oppo- Engine Idle RPM
site order of hook-up (4, 3, 2, 1). Be Adjustment
careful not to short cables against
bare metal.
 NOTE: Have the battery and electrical system checked prior to operating the vehicle again.
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To properly adjust the idle, a tachometer is
necessary. If one is not available, take the
ATV to an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
To adjust idle RPM:
1. Start the engine and warm it up to
normal operating temperature.
1. Remove the center cover from
between the front fenders; then
remove the two screws securing the
filter housing to the front fender.
2. Remove the filter housing cover. Tap
the filter lightly to remove dust and
debris; then use compressed air to
thoroughly clean the filter.
2. Turn the idle adjustment screw in or
out until the engine idles at 1250-  NOTE: Inspect the filter element.
1350 RPM.
If damaged or torn, it must be
replaced.
! WARNING
Adjust the idle to the correct RPM.
Make sure the engine is at normal
operating temperature before adjusting the idle RPM.
Throttle Cable
Adjustment
To adjust the throttle cable free-play:
3. Install the filter housing cover onto
the filter housing.
4. Place the filter housing into position
on the front fender. Tighten the two
screws securely; then place the center cover into position between the
front fenders. Tighten the screws
securely.
Air Filter (V-Belt
Housing) - DVX
The air filter in the V-belt housing cooling
inlet must be kept clean. If the ATV is used
under normal conditions, service the filter
at the intervals specified. If operated in
dusty, wet, or muddy conditions, inspect
and service the filter more frequently. Use
the following procedure to remove the filter
and inspect and/or clean it.
KM111A
1. Slide the rubber boot away; then
loosen the jam nut (1) from the
throttle housing.
2. Turn the throttle cable adjuster (2)
until the throttle lever has proper
free-play of 3-5 mm (1/8 - 1/5 in.).
1. Remove the two screws securing the
filter housing to the inside of the
left-front fender.
2. Remove the filter housing cover. Tap
the filter lightly to remove dust and
debris; then use compressed air to
thoroughly clean the filter.
3. Tighten the jam nut (1) against the  NOTE: Inspect the filter element.
throttle housing securely; then slide If damaged or torn, it must be
the rubber boot over the adjuster.
replaced.
Air Filter (V-Belt
Housing) - Utility
The air filter in the V-belt housing cooling
inlet must be kept clean. If the ATV is used
under normal conditions, service the filter
at the intervals specified. If operated in
dusty, wet, or muddy conditions, inspect
and service the filter more frequently. Use
the following procedure to remove the filter and inspect and/or clean it.
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3. Install the filter housing cover onto
the filter housing.
4. Place the filter housing into position
inside the left-front fender. Tighten
the two screws securely.
Air Filter (Engine)
The air filter inside the air filter housing
must be kept clean to provide good
engine power and gas mileage. If the
ATV is used under normal conditions,
service the filter at the intervals specified. If operated in dusty, wet, or muddy
conditions, inspect and service the filter
more frequently. Use the following procedure to remove the filter and inspect
and/or clean it.
CAUTION
Failure to inspect the air filter frequently if the ATV is used in dusty,
wet, or muddy conditions can damage the engine.
1. Remove the seat.
2. Remove the air filter housing cover
by unseating the two retaining clips;
then lifting and removing the cover.
KM098A
4. Fill a wash pan larger than the element with a non-flammable cleaning
solvent; then dip the element in the
solvent and wash it.
 NOTE: Foam Air Filter Cleaner
and Foam Air Filter Oil are available
from Arctic Cat.
5. Squeeze the element by pressing it
between the palms of both hands to
remove excess solvent. Do not twist
or wring the element or it will
develop cracks.
6. Dry the element.
7. Put the element in a plastic bag; then
pour in air filter oil and work the oil
into the element.
8. Squeeze the element to remove
excess oil.
CAUTION
KM095A
3. Remove the air filter retaining nut
(1); then remove the foam element
(2) from its frame.
A torn air filter can cause damage to
the ATV engine. Dirt and dust may
get inside the engine if the element
is torn. Carefully examine the element for tears before and after
cleaning it. Replace the element with
a new one if it is torn.
9. Clean any dirt or debris from inside
the air cleaner. Be sure no dirt enters
the carburetor.
KM097A
10. Install the foam element into its
frame; then place the assembly into
position in the housing and secure
with the retaining nut.
11. Install the cover and secure with the
retaining clips.
12. Install the seat making sure it is
properly secured.
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Air Filter Housing Drain
Tube
Periodically (weekly) check the drain
tube for gasoline or oil accumulation. If
noticed, remove the drain tube cap from
beneath the housing, drain the gasoline or
oil into a suitable container, and install
and secure the tube cap.
Cleaning and Lubricating
The drive chain should be cleaned and
lubricated frequently to prolong chain
and sprocket life. Use the following procedure to clean and lubricate the chain.
 NOTE: This ATV is equipped with an
O-ring type roller chain. Each link
incorporates small O-rings to seal out
water and dirt. Care should be taken
to choose cleaning solutions and
lubricants suitable for O-ring chains.
1. Using a suitable, nonflammable
cleaning solution, thoroughly wash
the chain and sprockets.
2. Allow the chain to dry; then apply a dry,
graphite-based lubricant to the chain.
KM114
Drive Chain (DVX)
The drive chain should be lubricated with a
dry, graphite-based chain lubricant. By using
a dry, graphite-based chain lubricant, dirt
buildup on drive chain will be minimized.
Drive chain condition and adjustment Adjusting Tension
should be inspected each day before you
ride. Always follow the guidelines below To adjust the drive chain tension, use the
for inspecting and servicing the drive chain. following procedure.
! WARNING
Failure to inspect and maintain the
drive chain can be hazardous. Operating the ATV with the drive chain in
poor condition or improperly
adjusted can cause an accident
resulting in possible injury.
Inspecting Condition
Inspect the drive chain for any of the following conditions.
•
•
•
•
•
Loose pins
Loose or cracked rollers
Dry or rusted links
Kinked or binding links
Excessive wear
The presence of any of the conditions
requires drive chain replacement. Take
the ATV to an authorized Arctic Cat ATV
dealer for this service.
 NOTE: If the drive chain is worn
or damaged, the sprockets may
also be worn or damaged. Inspect
the sprockets for worn, broken, or
damaged teeth. Always inspect the
sprockets when a new drive chain
is being installed.
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KM157A
1. Loosen the two cap screws (1) at the
rear of the axle housing; then loosen
cap screw (2) on the front of the
brake caliper.
2. Install an appropriate pin through
the axle hub and rear sprocket.
KM158A
3. With a person seated on the ATV, Tire Replacement
check chain tension at the mid-point
The ATV has low-pressure tubeless tires.
of the chain.
Air is sealed by the contact surfaces of
 NOTE: Chain “slack” should be the inner wheel rim and the tire bead. If
within a range of 30-40 mm (1.2-1.6 either the inner wheel rim or tire bead is
damaged, air may leak. Be extremely
in.).
careful not to damage these areas when
4. Push the ATV forward to tighten replacing tires.
chain tension; push the ATV backIt is very important to use the proper tools
ward to loosen chain tension.
when repairing or replacing tires to pre5. Tighten the two cap screws (1) to 28 vent damage to the tire bead or wheel
ft-lb; tighten the cap screw (2) to 8 rims. If proper tools and related items are
ft-lb.
not available, have this maintenance per NOTE: Drive chain adjustments formed by an authorized Arctic Cat ATV
may be done by the ATV owner if dealer or a qualified tire repair station.
qualified to do so. If the owner does
CAUTION
not feel qualified, take the ATV to an
authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer for When breaking the tire bead loose
this service.
from the wheel, be extremely careful
not to damage the inner wheel surface or the tire bead.
Tires
! WARNING
! WARNING
Always use the size and type of tires
as specified. Refer to the specifications chart for proper tire inflation
pressure, and always maintain
proper tire inflation pressure.
Use only Arctic Cat approved tires
when replacing tires. Failure to do
so could result in unstable ATV
operation.
Tire Tread Condition
Tubeless Tire Repair
The use of worn-out tires on an ATV is
very dangerous. A tire is considered to be
worn out when the depth of the tread is
less than 4 mm (5/32 in.). Be sure to
replace the tires before reaching this minimum specification.
Should a leak or flat tire occur due to a
puncture, the tire may be repaired using a
plug-type repair. If the damage is from a
cut or if the puncture cannot be repaired
using a plug, the tire must be replaced.
When operating the ATV in areas where
transportation or service facilities are not
readily available, it is strongly recommended to carry a plug-type repair kit
and a tire pump along.
Wheels
1. Park the ATV on level ground and
engage the brake lever lock.
2. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel to
be removed.
ATV-649A
! WARNING
The use of worn-out tires can be
dangerous and can increase the risk
of an accident.
3. Elevate the ATV.
4. Remove the lug nuts.
5. Remove the wheel.
6. Install the wheel and install the lug
nuts.
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7. Tighten the nuts in a crisscross pat-  NOTE: If the screen is damaged in
tern to 40 ft-lb.
any way, it must be replaced.
! WARNING
Failure to tighten the wheel nuts to
the specified torque value can be
hazardous. If the wheel nuts are not
properly tightened, the wheel can
come off causing an accident and
possible injury.
8. Remove the jack.
Muffler/Spark Arrester
3. Install the spark arrester and secure
with the cap screw.
Light Bulb Replacement
The wattage rating of each bulb is shown
in the chart. When replacing a burned
bulb, always use the same wattage rating.
Headlight
12V/35W/35W
Taillight/Brakelight
12V/5W/21W
CAUTION
The muffler has a spark arrester which
must be periodically cleaned. At the Use only specified bulbs indicated in
intervals shown in the Maintenance the chart as replacement bulbs.
Schedule, clean the spark arrester using
 NOTE: The bulb portion of the
the following procedure.
headlight is fragile. HANDLE WITH
CARE. When replacing the head! WARNING
light bulb, do not touch the glass
Wait until the muffler cools to avoid portion of the bulb. If the glass is
touched, it must be cleaned with a
burns.
dry cloth before installing. Skin oil
1. Remove the cap screw (1) securing residue on the bulb will shorten the
spark arrester; then remove the life of the bulb.
arrester (2).
! WARNING
Do not attempt to remove the bulb
when it is hot. Severe burns may
result.
To replace the headlight bulb, use the following procedure.
KM139A
2. Using a brush, clean the carbon
deposits from the arrester screen (3)
taking care not to damage the
screen.
1. Remove the rubber boot from the
back of the headlight housing; then
remove the three-wire connector
from the bulb.
KM194A
KM140B
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2. Release the two ends of the spring clip
from the headlight housing taking care
not to bend or deform the clip; then
remove the bulb from the housing.
2. Push the bulb in and turn it counterclockwise.
3. Install the new bulb by turning it
clockwise while pushing in.
4. Install the lens. Tighten the two
screws securely.
Fuses
The fuse box (with three active fuses and
one spare fuse) is located under the seat
3. Install the new bulb into the hous- near the battery.
ing; then secure with the spring clip.
KM192A
KM102
 NOTE: To remove the fuse, com4. Connect the three-wire connector to press the locking tabs on either
the bulb; then install the rubber boot. side of the fuse cover and lift off;
then remove and replace the fuse.
KM195
CAUTION
When replacing the headlight bulb,
be careful not to touch the glass
portion of the bulb. Grasp the new
bulb with a clean cloth.
To replace the taillight/brakelight bulb,
use the following procedure.
CAUTION
Always replace a blown fuse with a
fuse of the same type and rating. If
the new fuse blows after a short
period of use, consult an authorized
Arctic Cat ATV dealer immediately.
1. Remove the two screws and remove Tools
the lens.
A basic tool kit, located under the seat, is
provided with the ATV. Maintain the tool
kit with the ATV at all times.
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Preparation for Storage
CAUTION
Prior to storing the ATV, it must be
properly serviced to prevent rusting
and component deterioration.
Arctic Cat recommends the following
procedure to prepare the ATV for storage.
An authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer
should perform this service; however, the
owner/operator may perform this service
if desired.
1. Clean the seat cushion (cover and
base) with a damp cloth and allow to
dry.
2. Clean the ATV thoroughly by washing dirt, oil, grass, and other foreign
matter from the entire ATV. Allow
the ATV to dry thoroughly. DO
NOT get water into any part of the
engine or air intake.
3. Either drain the gas tank or add a
fuel stabilizer to the gas in the gas
tank. Remove the air filter housing
cover and air filter. Start the engine
and allow it to idle; then using Arctic Cat Engine Preserver, rapidly
inject the preserver into the air filter
opening for a period of 10 to 20 seconds. Install the air filter and housing cover.
CAUTION
If the interior of the air filter housing
is dirty, clean the area before starting the engine.
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4. Drain the carburetor float bowl and
turn off the fuel valve (located on
the right side of the gas tank).
5. Plug the hole in the exhaust system
with a clean cloth.
6. Apply light oil to the upper steering
post bushing, plungers of the shock
absorbers, and drive chain.
7. Tighten all nuts, bolts, cap screws,
and screws. Make sure rivets holding components together are tight.
Replace all loose rivets. Care must
be taken that all calibrated nuts, cap
screws, and bolts are tightened to
specifications.
8. Fill the cooling system with properly
mixed coolant.
9. Disconnect the battery cables (negative cable first); then remove the battery, clean the battery posts and
cables, and store in a clean, dry area.
 NOTE: For storage, use a battery
maintainer or make sure the battery
is fully charged (see Battery section
in this manual).
10. Store the ATV indoors in a level
position.
CAUTION
Avoid storing outside in direct sunlight and avoid using a plastic cover
as moisture will collect on the ATV
causing rusting.
Preparation after Storage
Taking the ATV out of storage and correctly preparing it will assure many miles
and hours of trouble-free riding. Arctic
Cat recommends the following procedure
to prepare the ATV.
1. Clean the ATV thoroughly.
2. Clean the engine. Remove the cloth
from the exhaust system.
3. Check all control wires and cables
for signs of wear or fraying. Replace
if necessary.
7. Check the entire brake systems
(fluid level, pads, etc.), all controls,
headlights, taillight, brakelight, and
headlight aim; adjust or replace if
necessary.
8. Check the tire pressure. Inflate to
recommended pressure as necessary.
9. Tighten all nuts, bolts, cap screws,
and screws making sure all calibrated nuts, cap screws, and bolts
are tightened to specifications.
4. Change the engine oil.
10. Make sure the steering moves freely
and does not bind.
5. Check the coolant level and add
properly mixed coolant as necessary.
11. Check the spark plug. Clean or
replace as necessary.
6. Charge the battery; then install. Connect the battery cables making sure
to connect the positive cable first.
12. Follow the recommendations found
in the Starting the Engine sub-section in Division I of this manual.
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Maintenance Record
DATE
70
HOURS
SERVICE PERFORMED/NOTES
Limited Warranty
Arctic Cat Inc. (hereinafter referred to as Arctic Cat) extends a limited warranty as described below on
each new Arctic Cat ATV it assembles and on each genuine Arctic Cat ATV part and accessory
assembled and sold by an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer. The limited warranty on an Arctic Cat ATV
is extended to the original retail purchaser for the time periods described below; however, the balance
of the remaining warranty may be transferred to another party unless the purchase is for commercial
use (see below). Warranty coverage is only available in the country in which the original retail purchase
occurs to the original retail purchaser resident in that country or to a transferee resident in that country
of the balance of the remaining warranty.
Arctic Cat warrants only the products it assembles and/or sells and does not warrant that other
products will function properly when used with an Arctic Cat ATV or will not damage the ATV. Arctic Cat
does not assume any liability for incidental or consequential damages.
Arctic Cat will repair or replace, at its option, free of charge (including any related labor charges), any
parts that are found to be warrantable in material or workmanship. This repair work MUST be done by
an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer. No transportation charges, rental charges, or inconvenience costs
will be paid by Arctic Cat. The warranty is validated upon examination of said parts by Arctic Cat or an
authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer. Arctic Cat reserves the right to inspect such parts at its factory for
final determination if warranty should apply.
The warranty periods are as follows:
1. Six months from the date of sale — for an Arctic Cat ATV used for recreational purposes.
2. Ninety days from date of invoice — for an Arctic Cat ATV used for commercial purposes, including
rental operations (non-transferable).
3. Thirty days from date of sale of ATV on Arctic Cat supplied batteries.
Exclusions to this warranty include normal wear, abuse, or corrosion and the following parts and
items:
Tires
CV Boots
Oil Filter
Drive Belt
Air Filter
Brake Pads
Light Bulbs
Spark Plug(s)
The following will VOID Arctic Cat’s warranty:
Torn or Punctured Upholstery
Cracks or Gouges in Body Panels
Drive/Driven Clutch Wear Parts
1. Failure to perform the proper break-in procedure and all related maintenance, storage procedures
(if stored for extended periods), and/or service as recommended in the Operator’s Manual.
2. Repairs and/or adjustments by anyone other than an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
3. Use of improper carburetor jets.
4. Use of improper gasoline, lubricating oils, or spark plug(s).
5. An accident or subjecting the ATV to misuse, abuse, or negligent operation.
6. Any modification, addition, or removal of parts unless instructed to do so by Arctic Cat.
7. Use of the ATV in any way for racing purposes.
8. Removal of the engine for use in another vehicle.
9. Removal or mutilation of the Vehicle Identification Number or Engine Serial Number.
10. Use of parts not sold or approved by Arctic Cat.
11. Damage due to improper transportation.
Arctic Cat shall not be responsible for and this limited warranty excludes recovery of economic,
punitive, consequential and incidental damages, lost profits, and loss of use. Some states or
provinces do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so
the above limitation may not apply to you. Arctic Cat’s aggregate liability may not exceed the
price of the product. The law of the State of Minnesota shall apply to all claims or disputes,
exclusive of its conflicts of law provisions.
IMPLIED WARRANTY EXCLUSION AND DISCLAIMER
To the fullest extent permitted by law, Arctic Cat excludes and disclaims all implied warranties
of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
If you are not satisfied with warranty service or repairs, you should contact Arctic Cat at (U.S.)
1-218-681-9851 or (Canada) 1-204-982-1656.
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Warranty Procedure/Owner Responsibility
At the time of sale, an ATV Rider Training Certificate and Owner Registration form is to be
completed by the selling dealer and consumer. The receipt of the form by Arctic Cat is a
condition precedent to warranty coverage. It is the selling dealer’s responsibility to retain
and/or submit appropriate copies of the form to the appropriate place(s) to initiate warranty coverage.
The dealer will furnish to the consumer a signed copy of the form which must be presented to the dealer when requesting warranty service. The registration form is the consumer’s proof of ownership and warranty eligibility. The form is used by the dealer to
validate the warranty claim. Retain your copy of the form and keep it in a safe place.
When warranty repair is suspected, the ATV should be taken to the selling dealer, who has
the primary responsibility to perform warranty repairs. Subject to the limitations set forth in
the Limited Warranty, in the event the selling dealer has ceased to do business, you have
moved, or you are in a location away from your selling dealer, warranty may be performed
by any authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
The authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer will examine the ATV or part to determine if, in his
opinion, a warrantable condition exists. If a warrantable condition appears to exist, the
dealer will repair or replace, at Arctic Cat’s option, free of charge, including any related
labor costs, all parts that are found to be warrantable and any other parts which the warrantable part caused to be damaged. You, the owner, will then be asked to sign a warranty
form to ensure Arctic Cat that the warranty work was actually performed.
It is the owner’s responsibility to maintain and service the ATV in accordance with Arctic
Cat’s recommendations in the Operator’s Manual. To protect yourself and your ATV, follow
all safety and service tips. Arctic Cat will NOT warrant repairs required as a result of not
performing standard operator maintenance, storage procedures, and service as outlined
in the Operator’s Manual.
Should you have any questions concerning the warranty, contact an authorized Arctic Cat
ATV dealer.
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Arctic Cat ATV Emission Control Warranty
Statement
Warranty Rights and Obligations
Arctic Cat Inc. (hereinafter referred to as Arctic Cat) and the California Air Resources
Board are pleased to explain the emission control system warranty for each new Arctic
Cat ATV sold in the state of California. In California, a new ATV must be designed, built,
and equipped to meet the state’s stringent anti-smog standards.
Arctic Cat warrants the emission control system on the Arctic Cat ATV for the periods
listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance of the
ATV.
The emission control system may include components such as the carburetor, ignition
system, and crankcase ventilation system. Also included may be hoses, belts, connectors,
and other emission-related assemblies.
When a warrantable condition exists, Arctic Cat will repair the ATV at no cost to the owner,
including diagnosis, parts, and labor.
Emission Control Warranty Coverage
A new Arctic Cat ATV manufactured after January 1, 1997 has a two (2) year warranty on
its emissions control components.
If an emission-related component on the ATV is defective, the component will be repaired
or replaced by any authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
Owner’s Emission Control Warranty Responsibilities
It is the owner’s responsibility to perform the required maintenance listed in the Operator’s
Manual. Arctic Cat recommends the retention of all receipts covering maintenance performed on the ATV, but Arctic Cat cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts or for
failure to ensure the performance of all scheduled maintenance on the emission control
system.
It is the owner’s responsibility to present the ATV to an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer
as soon as a problem exists. The undisputed warranty repairs should be completed within
a reasonable period of time, not to exceed thirty days.
The ATV owner should be aware that Arctic Cat may deny warranty coverage if either the
ATV or a component has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or any
unapproved modifications.
If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities, contact
either Arctic Cat Inc, P.O. Box 810, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, (218) 681-4999 or the
California Air Resources Board, 9528 Telstar Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731, (818) 5756800.
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U.S. EPA Emission Control Statement/
Warranty Coverage - ATV (U.S. Only)
Statement/Warranty
Arctic Cat warrants to the original retail purchaser, and each subsequent purchaser, that
all U.S. EPA-certified Arctic Cat ATV’s are designed, built, and equipped to conform to all
U.S. EPA Emission Control Regulations. Please read the following information completely.
Your authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer will repair or replace any defective emission-related
component at no cost to you during the warranty period. You may have non-warranty service performed by any repair establishment that uses equivalent components. The regulations provide significant civil penalties for tampering that causes your ATV to no longer
meet U.S. EPA emission standards.
Arctic Cat further warrants that the engine and its emission-related components are free
from defects in materials or workmanship that could cause the engine to fail to comply
with applicable regulations during the warranty period.
If you have any questions about this information, or the emission warranty coverage statement, contact your local authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
Warranty Period
The emission warranty period for this ATV begins on the same date as the standard warranty coverage and continues for 30 months or 3100 miles, whichever comes first.
Components Covered
The emissions warranty covers major emissions control components and emissionrelated components listed as follows:
Engine Management and Sensors
Fuel/Air System
Barometric Pressure Sensor
Camshaft Position Sensor
Engine Control Module (ECM)
Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor
Intake Air Temperature Sensor
Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor
Oxygen Sensor
Throttle Position Sensor
Crankshaft Position Sensor
Exhaust Temperature Sensor
Crankshaft Position Sensor
Fuel Injectors
Fuel Pressure Regulator
Fuel Pump
Carburetor(s)
Turbocharger Assembly
Air Bypass Valve
Turbo Waste Gate Control Valve
Crankcase Ventilation System
ISC Valve
Ignition System
Ignition Coil
Knock Sensor System
Spark Plugs
Capacitive Discharge Ignition (CDI) Module
Magneto Pick-Up
Miscellaneous Items Used in
Aforementioned Systems
Connectors
Switches
Grommets
Clamps
Hoses
Ties
Gaskets
Wiring
Owner’s Responsibilities
The owner of any ATV warranted under this Arctic Cat Emission Control Statement is responsible for
the proper maintenance and use of the ATV as stated in the Operator's Manual. Proper maintenance
generally includes replacement and service, at the owner's choosing, such items as air filter, oil and oil
filter, or any other part, item, or device related to emissions control as specified in the Operator's Manual. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the ATV is used in a manner for which it was designed.
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Arctic Cat Emission Control System Limited
Warranty
Arctic Cat Inc., P.O. Box 810, Thief River Falls, MN 56701 (hereinafter referred to as Arctic Cat) warrants
that this new Arctic Cat ATV manufactured on or after January 1st, 1997:
A. Is designed, built, and equipped so as to conform at the time of initial purchase with all applicable
regulations of the California Air Resources Board and
B. Is free from defects in material and workmanship which could cause such ATV to fail to conform with
applicable regulations of the California Air Resources Board for a period of use of two (2) years from
the date of initial retail delivery.
Coverage
Warranty defects shall be remedied during customary business hours at any authorized Arctic Cat ATV
dealer located within the state of California in compliance with applicable regulations of the California Air
Resources Board. Any component or components replaced under this warranty shall become the property
of Arctic Cat.
In California, emission related warranted components are specifically defined by the state’s Emission Warranty Parts List. These warranted components are carburetor and internal components, intake manifold,
fuel injection system, spark advance mechanism, crankcase breather, air cutoff valve, fuel/vapor separator,
canister, igniters, breaker governors, ignition coils, ignition wires, ignition points, condensers and spark
plugs if failure occurs prior to the first scheduled replacement, and hoses, clamps, and fittings used directly
in these parts. Since emission related components may vary from model to model, certain models may not
contain all of these components, and certain models may contain functionally equivalent components.
In California, emission control system emergency repairs, as provided for in the California Administrative
Code, may also be performed by other than an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer. An emergency situation
occurs when an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer is not reasonably available, a component is not available
within thirty (30) days, or a repair is not complete within thirty (30) days. Any replacement component can
be used in an emergency repair. Arctic Cat will reimburse the owner for the expenses, including diagnosis,
not to exceed suggested retail price as set forth by Arctic Cat for all warranted components replaced and
labor charges based on the recommended time allowance set forth by Arctic Cat for the warranty repair
and the geographically appropriate hourly labor rate. The owner may be required to keep receipts and
failed components in order to receive compensation.
Limitations
This Emission Control System Warranty shall not cover any of the following:
A. Repair or replacement required as a result of
(1) accident,
(2) misuse,
(3) lack of required maintenance,
(4) repairs improperly performed or replacements improperly installed,
(5) use of replacement components or accessories not conforming to Arctic Cat specifications
which adversely affect performance, and/or
(6) use in competitive racing or related events.
B. Inspections, replacement of components, and other services or adjustments necessary for required
maintenance.
Limited Liability
The liability of Arctic Cat under this Emission Control System Warranty is limited solely to the remedying of
defects in material and workmanship by an authorized Arctic Cat ATV dealer at its place of business during
customary business hours. This warranty does not cover inconvenience or loss of use of the ATV or transportation of the ATV to or from the Arctic Cat ATV dealer.
ARCTIC CAT SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER EXPENSES, LOSS, OR DAMAGE, WHETHER
DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY, ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE
SALE OR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE THE ARCTIC CAT ATV FOR ANY PURPOSE. SOME STATES
DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
NO EXPRESS EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY IS GIVEN BY ARCTIC CAT EXCEPT AS
SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH HEREIN. ANY EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY IMPLIED BY
LAW, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANT-ABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IS LIMITED TO THE EXPRESS EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY TERMS STATED IN
THIS WARRANTY. THE FOREGOING STATEMENTS OF WARRANTY ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU
OF ALL OTHER REMEDIES.
No dealer is authorized to modify this Arctic Cat Inc. Limited Emission Control System Warranty.
Legal Rights
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER
RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
THIS WARRANTY IS IN ADDITION TO THE ARCTIC CAT INC. LIMITED ATV WARRANTY.
Additional Information
Any replacement component that is equivalent in performance and durability may be used in the performance of any maintenance or repairs. However, Arctic Cat is not liable for these components. The owner is
responsible for the performance of all required maintenance. Such maintenance may be performed at a
service establishment or by any individual. The warranty period begins on the date the ATV is delivered to
the owner.
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Declaration of Conformity
Application of council directives:
EMC Directive 97/24/EC
Date of Issue: June, 1997
EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
Date of Issue: May, 2006
Issued by European Commission.
Type of Equipment: All-Terrain Vehicles
Brand Name: Arctic Cat
Model:
DVX 300
300 Utility
Standards to which conformity is declared:
Manufacturer (if not issuing agent):
EN 61000-6-2:2005
EN 55012:2007
Arctic Cat Inc.
601 Brooks Ave S.
Thief River Falls, MN
56701 USA
I, the undersigned, hereby declare that the equipment specified above conforms to the
directive(s) and standard(s) as specified.
Brad Darling
Vice President/General Manager
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Change of Address, Ownership, or Warranty
Transfer
Arctic Cat Inc. keeps on file the current name and address of the owner
of this vehicle. This allows Arctic Cat to reach the current owner with
any important safety information which may be necessary to protect
customers from personal injury or property damage. Please make sure
a copy of this form is completed and returned to Arctic Cat Inc. if you
move or if the vehicle is sold to another party.
This form may also be used to transfer the unused portion of the
original warranty to a second party. In order to transfer warranty, fill out
this form completely; then return a copy of this form to Arctic Cat Inc.
Arctic Cat will then process the application and issue warranty for the
balance of the time remaining of the original warranty. Warranty
coverage is only available in the country in which the original retail
purchase occurs to the original retail purchaser resident in that country
or to a transferee resident in that country of the balance of the
remaining warranty.
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Address Change
Ownership Change
Warranty Transfer
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/OWNERSHIP/
WARRANTY TRANSFER TO:
Name _________________________________________
Address _______________________________________
City/State (Province)/Zip Code (Postal Code)___________
Phone # (
) ___________________________________
Year and Model _________________________________
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) __________________
Before operating, you should take an ATV Rider Course to learn ATV riding skills or reinforce your current good riding skills. In U.S.A., call 1-800-887-2887 to enroll in the half-day
ATV Rider Course nearest you or ask your dealer for assistance. The course instructor will
charge a small fee for each person taking the course. In Canada, call (613) 739-1535.
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Place
Stamp
Here
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/OWNERSHIP
ARCTIC CAT INC.
PRODUCT SERVICE AND
WARRANTY DEPT.
P.O. BOX 810
THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN 56701
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Identification Numbers Record
1. KEY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER:
The key identification number is stamped on the key as shown in the illustration.
Record this number in the space provided for reference if you ever need a new key.
2. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER:
3. ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER:
Record the Vehicle Identification Number and Engine Serial Number in the spaces
provided to assist you in ordering parts from your authorized Arctic Cat ATV
dealer or for reference in case the ATV is stolen.
! WARNING
Improper ATV use can result in SEVERE INJURY or DEATH
ALWAYS USE
NEVER USE
AN APPROVED ON PUBLIC
HELMET AND
ROADS
PROTECTIVE
GEAR
NEVER CARRY NEVER USE
PASSENGERS WITH DRUGS
OR ALCOHOL
NEVER operate:
• without proper training or instruction
• at speeds too fast for your skills or the conditions
• on public roads - a collision can occur with
another vehicle
• with a passenger - passengers affect balance
and steering and increase risk of losing control
ALWAYS:
• use proper riding techniques to avoid vehicle
overturns on hills and rough terrain and in turns
• avoid paved surfaces - pavement may seriously
affect handling and control
LOCATE AND READ OPERATOR’S MANUAL
FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS
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