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Old 11-03-2011, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have found a 2001 Thundercat for sale. I have never owned a Thundercat. I have owned zr's before. I have read about THundercats having crank issues. This one looks really clean. It is all stock, says it runs excellent and very fast. I am not sure if it has been apart or not. Does not say. The sled has 6490 miles on it. They are asking 2,100 or best offer. What should i do?
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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see when it was last rebuilt. check the compression, look at the trank and check the chassis to see if there is any cracks or if its twisted etc
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anyone? I never never had a Thundercat. I want to know if i will regret buying one or not....
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I have found a 2001 Thundercat for sale. I have never owned a Thundercat. I have owned zr's before. I have read about THundercats having crank issues. This one looks really clean. It is all stock, says it runs excellent and very fast. I am not sure if it has been apart or not. Does not say. The sled has 6490 miles on it. They are asking 2,100 or best offer. What should i do?
2001 T-Cat. Decent CDI box. More durable stator. Motors are actually pretty bullet proof. Check the suspension on the rear skid...some sleds had the cross link suspension and it broke all the time. I don't know if your year/model had it. The tss/kil switches go bad on them along with the wiring harness henceforth my videos on how to bypass everything. Overall a very good sled but if you don't hook it up you'll get embarassed in looser snow.
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Anyone? I never never had a Thundercat. I want to know if i will regret buying one or not....
I was the same way man, I had a few ZR's and loved their handling> So I found a great deal on a 2002 T-Cat and always wanted one, so I bought it. Like Blaine said, pretty reliable motor and have seen some go 15000 K without being pulled apart. Ask if the owner if he ever gernaded a belt on it. Its usual a good read on the crank condition if it was knocked out of phase or clutch alignment. The 900's were bad on cranks, more so than the 1000 cc
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May be a stupid question, is it bad if it has blown a belt? What does it do?
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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May be a stupid question, is it bad if it has blown a belt? What does it do?
yes and no! a blown belt could bend the crank, or knock it out of phase( timing) I've had 800 triples, almost same bottom end, and they are a good reliable sled. the crank issue is the seal on the water pump fails, allowing antifreeze to get in the bearing on the balance shaft, this could (and has) taken cranks out!
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You'll never regret owning a tcat.... just treat them well and make sure you got a decent lug. Or lots o studs depending on what your riding on ....

Once you get the sound of a triple in your blood there is nothing else that will do.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I can just imagine how heavy of a sled they are. The guy emailed me back. All stock, never been apart, no issues according to him. No studs. The sled looks nice in the picture but it is hard to tell. He is out of town till the end of this next week. I am going to keep looking just in case....
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I can just imagine how heavy of a sled they are. The guy emailed me back. All stock, never been apart, no issues according to him. No studs. The sled looks nice in the picture but it is hard to tell. He is out of town till the end of this next week. I am going to keep looking just in case....
Lighter than a yammi rx-1 . Lighter than cat z1t. Still heavy but not the heavy-est ya dig?

And trust when I say that triple makes quick work of that weight. And that chassis does handle / ride well. Get used to having to think alot faster.
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