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Old 09-17-2018, 08:46 AM
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Hello everyone, looking at a 2017 M8000 Limited or Mountain Cat. I am just wondering the opinions on them from folks that have been on them before. I'm out west riding one or two trips a year and I'm a decent rider but not as good as a lot of you are. Little bit in the trees but not all day, I would say just all around riding but nothing too crazy.

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Hey,

I own a 2017 MC and I have to say, being a brp owner my whole life it only made me a better rider and ease of riding the trees and all around deep snow. I recommend the MC due to all the upgrades (narrow running board, dropped chain case, etc). Some great upgrades are the BDX ypipe and clutch kit. Huge improvement over stock!

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Hello everyone, looking at a 2017 M8000 Limited or Mountain Cat. I am just wondering the opinions on them from folks that have been on them before. I'm out west riding one or two trips a year and I'm a decent rider but not as good as a lot of you are. Little bit in the trees but not all day, I would say just all around riding but nothing too crazy.

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if you're not mountain riding all the time the MC might not be worth the extra cost for you. the 17 LTD is a great mountain sled. the black ones were the sharpest color scheme cats done yet imo. you could put some better skis and a diamond S can on it for the price diff likely.
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Thanks for the replies!

it is for out west only, unless we see a 30 inch dump up along the south shore of lake Superior, than it would only be out on the county land to play for a day. I do like the color scheme of the LTD and I would be able to get ES on it. looking at 50 in November and that little black key to turn and go is looking better all the time! I was wondering about the drop and roll and if that is a huge difference. Not really knowing exactly what that does for you in my mind I'm guessing it gets you up and going on top of the snow a bit better from a stationary position. Like if you were in the trees picking your way or maybe stopped to help dig out someone.
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MC with the dropped driveshaft has lower approach angle that helps crawl up on the snow and does not lift the front end as much to keep more of the track in the snow. It also uses the 8T drivers instead of the 7T the limited will have if it has the 3" track. Helps get the power to the track more efficiently. I thought someone said the 2017 limiteds have higher gearing to help compensate for the 7T drivers but I haven't confirmed that. Otherwise it would need to be geared up like previous years. I do like the limited color scheme better though. I like e-start, but I'm not keen on the 30lb weight penalty that comes with it.
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Thank you for that info, it would have the 3 inch track. So the gearing is something else I had no idea about. The extra weight is for sure something to think about. really starting to sound like the MC is a better built setup. I just hardly ever see using it anywhere else really.

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Not sure if the 2017 has the updated starter assembly?
If not, not worth buying. The system from 2012-20?? Didn't last to long and quite the job to replace.

Mtn Cat is definitely a better performer for extreme riding. General riding probably won't notice any difference other than gearing.

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yeah, I'm far from extreme that is for sure. So also thinking along those lines I would guess that a 162 vs the 153 might make up for some of that? Given it is to be used out west and not any trails here. A 162 might allow for some minor mistakes with out making a lot of work out of it. I'm actually coming off an old 02 mtn cat 151, last year i had to rent a few days. that was a 18 sno pro 153, really hard to get back on that 02! but I'm taking my oldest son out this year to try it. If he enjoys it we will dump the 02 and I will get him something for next year.

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I have 14/16 sno pro 153x3 and an 18 Mtn Cat 162x3 and there is a big difference in the 2 machines.
The 162 is very forgiving!

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