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The 2016 Arctic Cats are out of the bag!
The popular M-series models recieved a significant makover, including:
- New Arctic Mountain suspension
- New ProClimb 7 ski
- New Float Action rear suspension
- New 2.6 141 track
- 3-inch PowerClaw track standard on Sno Pro Limited models
- New Team Rapid Response drive clutch
- New Team BOSS driven clutch
- Borg Warner sprockets and chain in drive case
- 3-pound overall weight reduction versus model year 2015
The Arctic Mountain Suspension features a new "bone" spindle that is narrower to reduce drag in snow and on sidehills. It also has a 10-degree increase in caster angle. Model year 2015's M-sleds had a caster angle of 17 degrees. 2016 models now have 27 degrees.
With that comes a new upper control arm that is shorter than the 2015 version. That upper control arm is reversable for either side of the sled, meaning there's just one part number for both left or right upper arms.
Ski stance on the 2016 M sleds is much narrower at 36 inches. And that stance is ajustable from 35 inches up to 39 inches using four spacers on the ski saddle pivot.
The Arctic Mountain Suspension offers a significant improvement in handling with a 2.4-pound weight reduction.
The new ProClimb 7 mountain ski is 7 inches wide at tip and 6.5 inches wide at its mid section. The keel is 15mm deeper and 15mm wider for reduced darting and improved bite.
The new Float Action rear suspension has an increased front arm travel (by one inch) and improved shock pull rod and idler arm design for improved ride control.
The 2016 rail profile has changed for a more consistent track tension. The changes are designed to improve ride comfort across the board.
Sno Pro Limited models feature a Fox Float 3 Evol R rear track shock and Float 3 Evol front rail shock and ski shocks.
Watch for the March issue of SnoWest Magazine for a full-writeup on the 2016 mountain sleds.