I remember the first time I had the chance to take a good look at those sleds back in March 2006 @ The neilsen snocross race in Lk Geneva,Wi...LOL...Stood back and waited my turn to do a real inspection, all the while listening to ALL the CATAHOLIC DOUCHES oooh n aaah over it...LAUGHED my balls off @ them...The fit n finish was grade school shop class JUNK...The panel/hood finishes were already getting dull/scratched from the factory boyz trying to keep them nice and shiny...Then I tried to lift the front of the sled...LOL...I knew it would never live life in my sled trailer...BUT...The crossfire 7 I bought the following year wasn't much better except for the laydown 7 motor...Oh how this stings ... because it's TRUE!!! I remember when my former Cat dealer sold me on the 2007 F8, and how he was told the pre-production sleds were running right with the F7's. What a disappointment when I lined up with buddies thinking I had another F7 type of lake runner. NOT!!!! I even spent the extra for the "Whoop Ass Kit" from Black Magic. It sure made the sled sound cocky, but it was still a pooch. Maybe if Cat had dropped the H.O. in from the get-go, things would have gone a little differently .... I dunno. But I agree the 2007-2009 models were a major disappointment.