98 ZR / ZL 500 Carb Boots

98 ZR / ZL 500 Carb Boots

Post by RSOU » Mon, 29 Dec 1997 04:00:00


I am finally getting some miles on my 500. I will get a lot more soon if we get
some rideable snow in da UP. The 500 ZL is great fun. Excellent low and mid
range and nice suspension. BUT............Hey ARCTIC CAT ----------

Who is / was responsible for the *** boots going from the air box to the
carbs ?? I hope you, Mr Arctic Cat, have fired this person by now.

The problem is that the left side carb and boot do not mate very good. I looked
at the ZR440 and it had a completely different, smart design ( and these parts
are currently on factory backorder ). Has any one else seen this problem on
their 500 ? If so, any solution ? Right now I am using a hose clamp. But why
would A.C. take a winner of a sled and risk alot of problems by not addressing
a very fundamental intake problem ?

Comments or solutions  please...............

Rick

 
 
 

98 ZR / ZL 500 Carb Boots

Post by AC ZL50 » Mon, 29 Dec 1997 04:00:00

I've had this trouble before on my 86' Pantera. The carbs would suck the
air in around the boot, along with everything else and would ice up the
slides. I ended up putting the hose clamps on and never had trouble again,
unless you were in alot of powder. Also did it to my 92' Cougar when I got
it and had no problems there either. No doubt they will be going on this
sled too if they need it or not.

 Have to agree with you on the sleds characteristics, it's an awesome
machine. Raced against a 98 440 XCR I jumped out about 2-3 sled lengths and
beat him by about 5 sled lengths at the end, he had 144 studs and I had 96,
other than that mine is box stock.

Talked to my dealer yesterday and he told me to check and make sure my hood
pivot bolts were tight, apparently they didn't bottom some of them out at
the factory, also check the bolt holding the muffler on as it is making the
bend (it's right underneath connected to the frame) I guess the bolt didn't
quite make it to the locktite on the nut sometimes. Also it wouldn't hurt
to check to make sure all your rear suspension bolts holding the skid frame
to the tunnel are tight, heard of a couple that have come loose.

Mike
Geez I wish it would snow some
more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......................and I can't believe the VIKINGS
WON !?!?!?!?!?!?!?

 
 
 

98 ZR / ZL 500 Carb Boots

Post by AC ZL50 » Mon, 29 Dec 1997 04:00:00

Just checked mine a little while ago and mine was the same way, looks like
the only solution for now is a hose clamp. You might want to check your
hood pivot bolts to make sure they are tight, and there is a bolt under
your exhaust pipe when it makes the bend, that mounts to the frame, check
and make sure that is tight too.

Mike

 
 
 

98 ZR / ZL 500 Carb Boots

Post by Steve » Wed, 31 Dec 1997 04:00:00

Don't open the hood too fast, or lean on the hood too hard when it's opened.
The little plastic tab the hood cable attachs to is real cheesy.  Mine broke
off the first time I opened the hood in my garage, then the hood came
crashing down on the front bumper and broke the hood where it  attaches to
the hinges.  Still don't have 1 mile on it and already have a new hood on
order. (Warranty of course...)

Thanks for the tip on the carb boots, mine don't seal at all either.