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Old 01-12-2011, 05:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For 10 years now i have dreamed about to get me an Thundercat 1000 especial the "1998" model.


My first dream retro snowmobile was the RXL 650 1992 model who im consider my self done with now, After some pipes and chip and so on.


I have two Thundercat 1000 sleds in my sight now, one 1999 Thundercat 1000 MC stock.


And another 1998 Thundercat MC 1000 who was rebuild a couple of years ago and also the cylinders where ported then, then black magic triplepipes and clutch kit was fitted.


How big difference is it between a stock Thundercat 1000 (99) vs an Thundercat 1000 (98) with aftermarket triplepipes?


Both sleeds seems in very good condition.


Any thoughts what would be best?


Still the 1998 attracts me best...
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You sound like you know what the answer is and that if you get the 99 you'll end up second guessing yourself later. Go with the 98. From 99-2001 there basically the same sled. 02 added reverse and Smart Ride suspension. You can, and will always be able to pick those model years up. 98s' will get harder to come by. 98 is also widely know as the fastest T-Cat ever made stock for stock. I have a 94 and 02 and am looking to add a 98 some day also.
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The 98 were the best year as far as H.P. so I have heard. I had a 01 that had D&D pipes with mild porting,V-Force reeds,Clutching and it ran VERY WELL...But now I ride a ZR 900. And The ZR is by far a much better sled after riding triples for since 95. I use to come home feeling like my arms were falling off. Now I ride the same trails and feel fine. But the triples have a COOL sound.....
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Its nice to know when I go to sell. there's going to be guys tripping over eachother


And to keep it on topic. late build 98 .. already has the fuel pump that premixes from the oil pump and the most current skid in that time frame

Long live the 98
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Personally I would go 99. But the oil mix into the fuel pump is a bad method.
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i would go 98. those sleds go 122-124 bone stock with minimal fiddling. with pipes and porting expect to see the plus side of 130 on the lake. fastest sled every made in the history of sleds....after all the mach 1000's, the firecats, z1t's, cfr's, have showed up trying to be fast, the 98 still holds the nssr stock class record, 120.1 in 1000ft.
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I traded my new '99, with about 2000mi., for a leftover '98. The '98 was easily faster out of the box, due to better pipe/airbox combo. The '99's needed some work to make them go. I also like the look of the older chassis better. With over 13,000 miles on now, I couldn't be happier with this sled. Actually, I have had three T-cats, all fantastic sleds, but the '98 is hands down favourite. If you can find a nice '98, jump on it!
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i was never really a fan of that 98 chassis but it is the fastest year of the tcat for sure. the 93-95 tcat 900's is where its at though
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just remember the 99 still has the narrow front end. you do not get into the wide front until 2000...
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The bulkhead changed over to aluminum in '99, from steel (in'98) , so the '99-02 were a little lighter, also resulting in the change of the airbox, pipe and cab design. The weight saving was somewhere around 17lbs.
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