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Old 01-07-2009, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all. I have a '98 ZL 440 ~ 2500 miles and when riding last weekend had my speedo stop working about 30 miles from the trailer. I got back to the trailer with no problems, in fact it seemed to be running great. I investigated when I got home to find out that the PTO side bearing was shredded...seems to be a common problem. One of the steel balls was even split in half! I took it in to get fixed and they quoted me around $350 to get it fixed. Does that sound about right to get both driveline bearings replaced + labor? I just want a reality check to make sure I am not getting ripped off. It must be quite a job to replace the bearings because I know the parts are not that expensive.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm waiting on two bearings for the same job on a 95 bearcat. The two bearings and new speedo adapter cost a total of around 50 dollars. I'm doing the installation myself.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dealer quoted me 3hrs labor at $75/hr + $75 parts. I ended up doing it myself - first time doing it and it probably took me 4-5 hrs in total in my spare time.
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Thanks for the feedback. I was going to attempt the repair myself, but feared that I may have damaged more than just the bearing and wasn't sure what else to look for. I also wasn't crazy about spending 4 hours of time on my cold garage floor doing the repair. It sounds like $350 may be a little high, but not too far out of line.
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Yes, concrete floors in winter temperatures suck!
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just had this same job done on my T-Cat with electric start and reverse. Dealer charged $200.00
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Even with reverse its a 2 hour job, $50 for parts, for $350 I'd come and do it on your cold floor!
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Damn, on my tcat, i would loosen track, take off speedo cable and drive adapter plate, unscrew set screw, and pop out bearing. Start to finish, 20 minutes, but I changed it every year, cos I had one let go and take out bracket.


This was for a straight bearing change that came off real easy, make take longer and may have to remove suspension, chaincase covers, gear, chain and drive axle if there are any problems. But still, get a few buddies over, a 24, and have at it.

Oh, the 24 after the install!!!
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Apparently you must have different Arctic Cats from the rest of us.The driveshaft sticks through the edge of the tunnel slightly on mine and the hole in the tunnel is smaller than the bearing outer race so it will not come through the hole.I have thought about coming up with the idea of a double width bearing and larger mtg flange so that a bigger hole is in the tunnel ,henceforth being able to slide the bearing out the speedo side in the 20 minutes that describe.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You can take the bearing out from the "Speedo" side because the bearing is inside a two piece cup that bolts to the tunnel. The only hard part would be disconnecting the locking ring on the drive shaft that holds the bearing in place because it is on the inside of the tunnel. Plus you would then have to reuse the old locking ring. Better to remove the drive shaft and replace the Bearing on BOTH sides. Not worth taking the whole thing apart and reusing a $20 bearing. Did this last week on my spare sled 99 powder special, it took 2 hours and 15 min in a nice warm shop! Parts list, BOTH bearings, gasket for your chain case, and there is and O-ring inside the chain case & oil. Best of luck
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