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Old 01-06-2009, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at picking up a good used firecat next summer. I have ZRT 600 all updated etc. Great sled but not the lightest in the world.... (I think the 1996's were around 520 lbs dry est) When I break trail all day she's pretty hard on fuel wink.gif

Anyways I demo'd a sled at a cat dealership and out of the crossfire, fseries, and firecat. It was the firecat that truly impressed me.

So I need some feedback I hear all these things about these sleds and just trying to get the truth.


- weak tunnels
- pigs on fuel
- short engine life
- F7's are stupid fast!! wink.gif
- Great engine life like 13,000 miles and motor has never been touched...


I'm just wondering what's truth and what's not.

I thing I would stay away from the 2003 Firecat's as I hear they are very hard on fuel and I'm basically looking for one that has best fuel mileage and best reliability.

So how many miles could I expect before a rebuild on one of these units? (my zrt $5000 miles then it goes on my bench for a rebuild)
What's the best year to get or most reliable year to get?
Which is the better engine the F6 or F7?
Which is harder on fuel?
Oil consumption?

Thanks for the feedback guys, I'm either going firecat this year or possibly looking at a Yamaha XTX, or a 660Turbo. Depending on what I find out there... But I really like the lightness of the firecat man what a blast to ride.


Thanks for the feedback guys.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My wife has a Firecat F5 Sno Pro, and I just sold my 2004 F7 EFI Sno Pro. Both are excellent machines. If I had my choice of what year of Firecat to have, I am pretty partial to the 2004 models. I think they were the nicest looking imo, and I haven't ridden a sled yet that was faster than my F7, it gave me 3 years of trouble free riding.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i would have to say '06 f7, or the '05 with the '06 mapping, but the crossfire 1000r is also a bad ass sled!
as far as gas milage, i think the f7 in general is pretty good on gas. other than that i'm still a little green on the sport, so hope this helps!
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My wife has a Firecat F5 Sno Pro, and I just sold my 2004 F7 EFI Sno Pro. Both are excellent machines. If I had my choice of what year of Firecat to have, I am pretty partial to the 2004 models. I think they were the nicest looking imo, and I haven't ridden a sled yet that was faster than my F7, it gave me 3 years of trouble free riding.[/b]

How many miles did you get out of your firecats?

I see you live only 10 mins from me.... I'm in Ste Anne...
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I have a 2005 F6efi and I love it. It has great power and haven't had any problems. I have close to 6000 miles on it and it runs great. Compression was checked this fall and was very close to stock. I have other things done to mine so its not stock but is a great sled.
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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MPG on my 05 F6=11 MPG. The 5,6 & 7 are all pretty close as far as that goes. They like oil too, but not as much as some of my past Polaris'.

The 03 and 04's did not have the 4 wheel kit in the back and they had the much lower seat. The Diamond Drive(DD) came out in 05 and I have only heard of 1 or 2 problems with them. I would think that these are more reliable than the chaincases from 03/04, but I wouldn't say that the chaincases are a weak link. if you can get your hands on an 06, that's your best bet, but I wouldn't hesitate buying an 05 either.

The 600 and 700 are pretty close to 70/80 MPH, than the bigger motor pulls away.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i have an 03 f7 and i put a fuel reducer on it and i get as good of gas mileage as my uncles t660. its also very easy on oil the last ride we rode 120 miles and i used a half of a quart. mine is efi and a couple of my buddys have f7 carbed and they drink oil.. both of them are 05's
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I have an 06 F6 SNO PRO EFI and that sled rocks! It is bone stock, just have added some more orange stuff to it.
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Thanks for responses guys, its good to hear it right from the customer. Vs the dealer which may be a little one sided in opinions.....

Keep em coming... thanks

I like the wheel kits on them, I'm thinking an 05 or an 06 F7

Did they make the firecat in 2007 or was 2006 the last year I can't remember now?
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Thanks for responses guys, its good to hear it right from the customer. Vs the dealer which may be a little one sided in opinions.....

Keep em coming... thanks

I like the wheel kits on them, I'm thinking an 05 or an 06 F7

Did they make the firecat in 2007 or was 2006 the last year I can't remember now?[/b]

06 was the last year,,,,
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