Is The 2013 Wildcat That Much Better?

Dear Motorhead:

Love the Dirt Trax YouTube channel and I love the reviews. I bought a 2012 carryover Wildcat 1000 not realizing the 2013 was going to be so much better.

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Do you guys know specifically how Arctic Cat pulled off 90 HP in 2013 versus 77 in 2012? Are these changes I can make to the 12 to get there in HP?

I see that the 2013 went to the Fox shox from the Walker Evans – would you recommend that upgrade or for the average rider will it not be noticeable?

I hope you don’t mind the questions and thank you for all the information you provide. I bought the Wildcat really based on your review of it.

Nick

Dear Nick:

Thanks for your email and we appreciate your kind words!

Here’s what we know – the new MY 13 WC is faster than the original. Is it so much faster you’ll be disappointed in yours? Nope – you’ve got a very good SXS and probably made a good deal on it as well.

The shock change according to our guys (who have only ridden the 13 in the dessert – AC has not shipped our PR unit for full evaluation yet) and the difference was marginal – the Walkers are really good shocks on the WC and from our in-depth testing last season the WC was incredible in bumps, in the air and on landings.

We’ll have a full update on how AC tweaked the 1000 to get the extra ponies – I don’t think it was too hard.

Keep in mind, Polaris just released a kit to take their RZR 900 mill up to Jagged X spec HP – I suspect AC won’t be far behind providing an updated engine kit.

Thanks,

Motorhead Mark

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