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Old 02-22-2010, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I own both and feel that this info might be benificial to someone on the fence about what to buy. This has nothing to do with brand loyality but which works better and since magazines don't do comparisions here is mine.

2000 XCR 120 (same as the Pro X 120, XC 120) vs. 2001 Z120

The first and most important detail about the Polaris is that your youngster will get the most use out of this model. The seat is a lot longer than the Cat, my 9 year old can still ride the Polaris where the Cat her knees are in the bars.

-The engine on the Polaris is hands down smoother than the Cat.

-Polaris is much lighter than the Cat which I think has to do with the tunnel being steel on the Cat and aluminum on the Polaris.

-Arctic Cats have the worst chain tensioner which will need to be replaced in the first year if used regularly.

-Arctic Cat mounts their shocks real low on the spindle which is in a very vulnerable place. My son has taken out the shock once this year and since you have to buy a pair of shocks from Cat it's not a cheap fix.

-Polaris goes better in the deep snow which I think is a result of the lower shocks not dragging and it's weight.

-The headlight is brighter on the Polaris for those night rides.

-Rear suspension on the Arctic Cat seems stiffer which I think is good, the Polaris bounces a lot but I'm sure there is an adjustment I can make to stiffen it up.

-I do however like the rear trunk on the Arctic Cat, just more convenient then the under seat storage on the Polaris.

Again, this is NOT about which brand is better. I own both and watch my kids ride them A LOT side by side and can honestly say the Polaris is a much better machine.

Hope someone can use this info when purchasing their little one a new toy.

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Old 03-02-2010, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting this. I am getting ready to buy a sled soon for my boy. His 1st b-day is next week so I need to start thinking about what to get.

Thanks for the info.
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Thanks for posting this. I am getting ready to buy a sled soon for my boy. His 1st b-day is next week so I need to start thinking about what to get.

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[attachment=632117SCF0419a.JPG][attachment=632117SCF0419a.JPG]I have the Polaris, my kid loves it. To fix the rear suspension check out the post that is pinned at the top of this forum. I did it and it took 15 minutes to install and made a big improvement. http://www.hardcoresledder.com/forums/inde...howtopic=101245.

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Govenor spring or zip tie it. Caution - you may want to remove the govenor gear inside the engine to prevent damage to the engine if the gear let's go.

Quick change hub, extra chain, and smaller size rear sprocket to make it go faster.

Carbides for the front skies to improve turning.

Check out the attached video of the kids - 3 tanks of gas in 1 day - good fun.

Since then I made a few more updates to make it go faster. I will add another video later.
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the Arctic Cat is faster lol
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QUOTE (Sled Solutions @ Feb 22 2010, 08:09 PM)
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I own both and feel that this info might be benificial to someone on the fence about what to buy. This has nothing to do with brand loyality but which works better and since magazines don't do comparisions here is mine.

2000 XCR 120 (same as the Pro X 120, XC 120) vs. 2001 Z120

The first and most important detail about the Polaris is that your youngster will get the most use out of this model. The seat is a lot longer than the Cat, my 9 year old can still ride the Polaris where the Cat her knees are in the bars.

-The engine on the Polaris is hands down smoother than the Cat.

-Polaris is much lighter than the Cat which I think has to do with the tunnel being steel on the Cat and aluminum on the Polaris.

-Arctic Cats have the worst chain tensioner which will need to be replaced in the first year if used regularly.

-Arctic Cat mounts their shocks real low on the spindle which is in a very vulnerable place. My son has taken out the shock once this year and since you have to buy a pair of shocks from Cat it's not a cheap fix.

-Polaris goes better in the deep snow which I think is a result of the lower shocks not dragging and it's weight.

-The headlight is brighter on the Polaris for those night rides.

-Rear suspension on the Arctic Cat seems stiffer which I think is good, the Polaris bounces a lot but I'm sure there is an adjustment I can make to stiffen it up.

-I do however like the rear trunk on the Arctic Cat, just more convenient then the under seat storage on the Polaris.

Again, this is NOT about which brand is better. I own both and watch my kids ride them A LOT side by side and can honestly say the Polaris is a much better machine.

Hope someone can use this info when purchasing their little one a new toy.

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how fast will the polaris 120 go?
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QUOTE (idler8 @ Jun 18 2010, 11:18 PM)
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how fast will the polaris 120 go?[/b]
All the minis r governed to do 8mph tops I believe!
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All the minis r governed to do 8mph tops I believe![/b]
Son's '98 kitty cat went 12mph outta' the box,, 120 went 10.7,,, with governor bypassed simply by a ziptie, his 2001 S/P 120 went 17.9mph in 3' of semi-packed snow, 18.4 on ideal hardpack
(all else being bone stock)

Gotta' agree on the chain tensioner, but keep chain lubed with a sticky, non-flying lube and a slightly stiffer tensioner spring cuts down on this drastically
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QUOTE (idler8 @ Jun 19 2010, 01:18 AM)
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GPS'd with governor by pass....12.9 mph
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