I love the input here. I have had all the sleds but a cat, but rode with Cats every year and capable sleds. The cat is very good, the problems with the diamond drive and clutch made me stay away in those years. So I would buy them in the following years
cat 800 2009-2010 need to be willing to repair diamond drive and primary clutch. Great engine
dragon 700, 2007-2010 work great stock all though the air shocks tend to last 5 years and need rebuild.
2004-06 skidoo 800 - was the best sled in 2006 out of the box. I had 2008 and 2010 doo, and are fine, but if I were to do agian, I would ride the dragon or cat of those years.
2011 -17 I like the poo and skidoo more than the cat. each year keeps getting better. And I would take a 2011 poo or skidoo over any of the older sleds, but the costs go up.
2018 plus, man they all are great sleds. Different, but I could own any of them and argue they are the best.
So I found a 2010 m8 that I have setup to look at tomorrow. What all should I look for? What’s a good price on them also? I’m wanting to take the guy down some but not sure if it’s way out of the price range and not worth my time.
What all is needed for the diamond drive?
2010 arctic cat sno pro M8, 800cc two stroke snowmobile. 153" inch length track 2.1/4" inch lug. Fox float suspension front and rear, Z broz chromoly A larms, slp pipe, powder pro skis. Fuel injected, custom wrap. Runs great mechanically sound. Ready to ride for the upcoming season. Asking $4000.00 obo. Sled will come with a few jugs of arctic cat 2 stroke oil, a few new extra brand new belts, spare spark plugs, a second set of brand new stock A arms, as well I have a bi fold aluminum loading ramp to go along with it as well cost $350.00 new from cycles and gear
How many miles on it? The primary clutch is good for about 2000 miles between rebuilds. When you look at the primary and turn it around, check to see that the weights are properly centered. Lack of maint and they rub on the sides and contribute to spider breakage. The diamond drive for that year needs a replacement bearing, pretty simple and inexpensive if it wasn't done a long time ago. SLP pipe sounds wrong, I do not think there was much gain for the 800HO and it would require a fuel controller I think. I am not a fan of the early fuel controllers and would avoid a sled with one. Pretty sure you can run a Y-pipe and can without a controller but not the pipe. Jugs of oil are $50 ea., belts about $120 ea I think, spare a-arms are nice to have and worth a few hundred.
This summer I sold my last M Cats a pair or '10 M8's, one sno pro one standard both with about 1200 miles, excellent condition, $3000 ea in the off season, today I think they would bring $3500 easy going into the season.