I feel it is not so much how long it was under, but how long it was since it
was under. If immediate action is not taken after the sled comes out (to
dry out the motor thoroughly), you could see rust in your main bearings and
wrist pin bearings, and oil pump. This is a big deal, as crank rebuild can
be expensive. I would replace all the suspension bearings/driveline
bearings anyway. You won't likely have any problems in carbs if the sled
was cleaned out and running after the submarining. Clutches must be gone
through, but since there are only bushings, you won't likely see a big
problem that cannot be corrected inexpensively. I would also like to know
(If I was buying it) how deep it was under (was all the electrical under
(cdi, handlebar heater circuitry, gauges).
If it runs, that is a start, but that does not eliminate possibility of
bottom end damage/ electrical component damage (rust inside gauges).
If you have more questions, let me know. I am no expert, but if you are
stumped, maybe I can help.
> I'm looking at aquiring a 98' Arty Cat that was submerged for some time
> winter. The guy says it is running and in good shape but hasn't gone
> the motor or suspension yet....(?)
> It has low mileage and I'm looking at this as a project/second sled,
> got all the details of the sinking yet. (getting info second hand so far)
> What would be the guideline to say "no deal" on my end? 1 week under? 2?
> month or two? Does it matter?
> I'm assuming to tear down the motor, carbs, suspension......everthing I
> Anybody ever undertake this sort of project before? I'm good with the deal
> as long as I can get a functioning sled with mostly labor input and a few
> Any advice?