Update On Project 2015/16 Arctic Cat M 8000 SnoPro Build

Part 4—Forum members priority list

Arctic Cat Steve Janes
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(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of articles about converting a 2015 Arctic Cat M 8000 SnoPro into a SnoWest Forums 2016 Project Cat giveaway sled. Throughout the summer and fall we will be working with SnoWest Forum members to build the perfect snowmobile … and then we will give it away to a Forum member at the end of the build.)

Since our last installment, we’ve been busy on two fronts: first, analyzing the comments of forum members on what you would like to see on this Project Cat; and second, visiting with key Cat engineers on what direction they would like to see the project go.

Cat is still reviewing the comments of forum members and our suggestions for additional modifications … and we will likely get back to business within a few days after they give us their blessing on a few of our suggestions.

But just so you know where we stand, we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 suggestions from the first 10 pages of the forum posts (see chart below) that will offer some ideas on what we are considering.

First, the top suggestions were to do exactly what we’ve started—upgrade the 2015 Arctic Cat M 8000 SnoPro with 2016 parts. Second on the list were the suggestions to change the front and rear suspensions. Of course, by upgrading to 2016 parts, we’ve made vast improvements on the suspension. But still there were a lot of interest in looking at aftermarket suspensions such as KMod, Skinz or Tom’s.

Coming in at No. 3 are changes in the exhaust system. Although many of the suggestions were to add a lightweight can, others felt that specific exhaust systems from companies like Starting Line Products or Diamond S would be the best way to go.

Right behind the exhaust came the call to change the running boards … perhaps to either BDX, Skinz or Airframe.

Rounding out the top 5 suggestions was a strong call for the three-inch track.

From there the list goes on, including adding a belt drive system, lightweight parts, lightweight hood, custom wrap, clutching, etc.

The chart below shows in order (first column) the number of requests for this particular modification, (second column) type of modification and (third column) the specific brand names mentioned and how many times they were mentioned.

We’re sure Arctic Cat is closely reviewing this list as well, looking at what snowmobilers want and trying to figure out how they can improve their snowmobiles to meet these specific needs in the future.

As soon as we get the green light (pun intended) on our next session of modifications, we’ll start focusing on the important things … like what to call our project on what kind of custom wrap we should put on it.

Priority List

Number

Category

Brand Names

77

Arctic Cat

2016 updates from Arctic Cat

62

Suspension

KMod (9), Skinz (4), BDX (2), Tom’s (3)

52

Pipes

SLP(13), Diamond S Ti(9), Jaws (2)

50

Running Boards

BDX (9), Skinz (7), Airframe (6), CR Racing (2)

46

Track (3-inch)

 

45

Belt Drive

TKI (16), C3 (1)

43

Lightweight parts

Patrick Carbon (4). Complete Titatium (2)

32

Lightweight hood

BDX (6), Fire n Ice (3), C3 Fiber (3)

31

Wrap

 

30

Clutching

Team (18)

28

Bumpers

Speedwerx (6),

26

Vents

Skinz (5), Frogskin (3), BDX (2)

24

Skis

SLP (12)

22

Big Bore

BMP 940 kit (4)

22

Tether

Teth-Air (1), ProArmor (1)

21

Turbo

TSS (2), Boondocker (2)

21

Narrow it up

 

20

Supercharger

Speedwerx (8)

18

Storage

 

16

Seat

Skinz (4), WRP (3)

16

Steering

CFR Bars (2), C3 Post (1)

13

Fuel Tank

Oil Injection Delete (3), Mountain Addiction (2)

9

Powdercoating

 

7

Handwarmers

RSI (4), Rox Ghost Handguards (2)

4

Gauges

Next Stage (2)

3

LED lights

 

3

Skid Plate

 

 

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