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Old 12-16-2011, 07:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2005 Firecat F7 things to look out for??

Thinking about buying a Firecat however have been avoiding the 05ís after hearing not so great things about the diamond drives (ie. high maintenance, blowing up, robbing power). However there are slim pickings for Firecats locally right now and I have found a 05 F7 that caught my eye where the guy claims to have replaced the DD 300 miles ago. Also the chassis has a bit over 5000miles on it but the top end was rebuilt about 1200 miles ago, has new sno pro front springs and a new track.

Is there anything else I should be on the lookout for on a 05 F7?
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you are correct on the news about the diamond drives in the 05's but that's only if they arent taken care of. A well maintained DD that is serviced every season will last a lifetime...you may have to take it apart and check the components. Like I said though...change the oil in them and look for shavings and youll be fine!!
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A buddy of mine just sold his 05 s/p with 6200miles. Never had a problem with the DD or engine, but seemed to have clutch problems. Threw a weight in primary and had to replace it and was alway screwing with the secondary. It had an appetite for belts to. Once he got it figured out it it was fine but a lot of time and $. I personally would buy a chain case F7 before a DD unless the price is right.
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A buddy of mine just sold his 05 s/p with 6200miles. Never had a problem with the DD or engine, but seemed to have clutch problems. Threw a weight in primary and had to replace it and was alway screwing with the secondary. It had an appetite for belts to. Once he got it figured out it it was fine but a lot of time and $. I personally would buy a chain case F7 before a DD unless the price is right.
thats ALL alignment. his secondary spacers were off.
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i would be more concerned with a cracked bulk head than a bad dd
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i would be more concerned with a cracked bulk head than a bad dd
They had more or less fixed that problem in 2005. They reinforced everything in 2005 and again in 2006.
Try and find a 2005 with reverse (without the dd drive)
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6000 plus miles on my '05 F7 "DD"
Knock on wood......no troubles with the diamond drive yet. I change the oil about every 1000 to 1500 miles.
Beware the secondary clutch. I chased low/errratic RPM issues all season last year trying to find something wrong. I have a new 10.4" to replace it with this year.
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i would be more concerned with a cracked bulk head than a bad dd
X2. Factory did beef up chassis but if owner didn't keep bolts for bulkhead brace above clutches tight, chassis will flex and eventually bulkhead will crack. Take a flashlight with you and look behind primary near swaybar tube.
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I don't see many 05 or 06 sleds with cracked bulkheads - I think they fixed that. I put a torsional secondary clutch kit on mine and it took care of my clutching issues and I picked up over 10 mph top end with it. Belts will last forever on an F7 with good alignment and clutch setup (to eliminate heat).
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i changed my DD fluid twice a year and my locked up at the end of year two with 2100 miles on it. at that point the fluid had been changed 4 times. i think some had problems. my sled also liked to eat secondary bushings.
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