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Old 02-05-2012, 11:18 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Interesting. Let us know if the Firecat one performs any better.
Just an update about the Firecat thumbwarmer. It works so well its to hot on hi. Low all day and no problems whatsoever.Much better than the stock one when it worked.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:30 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Did you get the AC part number 0609-623 for the thumb warmer?

Thanks and nice meeting you this weekend.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:36 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Yes thats the part number. The harnesses are different so some soldering is involved. Nice to meet you to. Hope your sled is doing well. Definately going to add some more wheels to my skid. Your setup looked good.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:47 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Awesome. Do you think you could snap a few pictures of your install including how you had to retro fit the Firecat warmer into the Procross setup?
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:18 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Sorry not much to show. Plus I put epoxy over the wires to help keep the wires from flexing. The 2 thumb warmer dimensions and the way its retained in the throttle lever is identical.You just need to unsolder the wires from your F thumb warmer,unsolder the wires from the firecat harness and solder the firecat thumb warmer to the F harness.Keep track which wire goes where. Install the warmer to the back of the throttle lever. I then put some epoxy over the back of the warmer and wiring so it wont flex the wires.Hope this helps.
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To let everyone know i phoned my dealer and they wont warranty it unless they see the sled in person, i even offered to send them the broken thumb warmer. The thumb warmer is 50$ and its on back order till end of feb.
You need to find another dealer, your guy is a real jagoff.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:32 AM   #47 (permalink)
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The high setting on my thumbwarmer quit working on the first ride. Contacted my dealer, he ordered a new one and gave it to me to install. While pulling off foam backer from throttle the low setting solder conection broke. Now to top it all off, I was installing the new warmer and while routing the wires around the throttle I noticed that the low setting solder joint on the new one has come loose. Too bad I already submitted my survey. I would be giving them one more thing they need to fix.
I was able to fix the old warmer by soldering conection back to thumbwarmer(new one on backorder) and then put JB Weld over the connections. I used JB weld because it sets quicker and withstands more heat than some clear epoxy glue.
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3/4/2013—Just an update to the thumbwarmer problem. While my sled was in for updates this fall the dealer replaced my repaired thumbwarmer. While on a ride in late January the new one failed with only about 400 miles of riding this season. So I went to the dealer and purchased a new one. I do have a 3 year warranty, dealer said it should be covered, but part is cheaper than the warranty deductible. I noticed they modified this part so that the wires are now fastened to the mounting plate so that they do not flex at the solder joint. While in West Yellowstone this past week it quit working again. I went to dealer in W. Yellowstone and asked if he was having any problems with them. Ironically, he was packaging a warranty claim on one when I asked the question. He proceeded to tell me that he replaced over 100 of them last year, and even though he has not replaced that many this year, every failure has been to bad solder joint. I am going to call Arctic Cat directly because this is not a dealer problem, but a part quality issue that should not be happening this frequently. I have owned 7 new AC snowmobiles since 1995, ride about 1500 miles per year, and have never had to replace a thumbwarmer. This could get expensive if they keep failing at this rate.

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Old 04-09-2012, 04:40 PM   #48 (permalink)
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so....note to self....take it back to your dealer and let them fix it properly ...for free
as stated in post#2...and again in post #48
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