New for 2008
Arctic Cat 500 4×4 ATV Overview
Year after year, the formidable Arctic Cat 500 4×4 models are the choice of riders nationwide. Equipped with all the performance, styling, and low-maintenance features of its big brother 650 and 700, the affordable 500 is the answer for anyone that wants a top-rated muscle machine but puts a premium on value.
Leading the charge is body styling with wide fenders for increased protection from water and mud spray, “Cat-Eye” headlights, full plastic floorboards that are integrated with body plastic, and a large, centrally-located storage compartment. A wide seat adds comfort and features an easy-to-use latch for seat removal and provides access to the tool tray.
Getting more traction out of the 500 models is as easy as flipping a switch. The full-lock front differential is easily activated from a handlebar mounted lever to quickly engage/disengage the front wheels. It complements the electronic 2WD/4WD switch for convenient power delivery options and riding ease.
Like most of the Arctic Cat models, the 500’s come standard with redesigned slimline SpeedRacks front and rear, reducing weight while adding unmatched versatility with a large selection of accessory attachments. A rear-mounted 6.5-gallon gas tank offers outstanding range, and the sealed air intake is located near the front of the machine assuring a quiet ride. The hydraulic foot rear brake system with remote reservoir is matched with floating calipers for added value.
500-class consumers have their choice of a Duramatic automatic transmission, which features engine braking, or the five-speed manual transmission (with Hi/Lo range). A new one-piece toe shifter is now standard on all 2008 Manual models. Powering the 500 is the rugged liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine that maintains consistent performance in any condition.
Best-in-class features on the 500’s include 12 inches of ground clearance, 10 inches of suspension travel, 100/200 lb front/rear rack capacities, 1,050 lb towing capacity, standard 2-in. “automotive-style” receiver hitch, and zero-maintenance suspension bushings.
Adding comfort and convenience are features like Auto Electronic Choke for quick, one-touch starting, a digital instrument pod with 14 different display indicators like mph, odometer, dual trip meters, hour meter, clock and fuel level, a five-position spring preload adjustment on the front and rear shocks, and single lever, hand-operated hydraulic disc brakes.
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