Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Check out our YouTube Channel

Reviews for F8 LXR

Year: 2011
Make: Arctic Cat
Class: Touring
Price US: $11,499
Price Canada: $13,699
Performance: Submitted: 1/26/2011
Handling:
Comfort:
Ergonomics:
Servicebility:
Comments:
I purchased the 2011 F8 LXR LTD SP. When I filled the gas tank for the first time, the fuel gauge continued to read empty. I took it to the dealer and it had a hole in the float. They replaced the float and it is now floating. Both the riding position and the suspension on this sled can be set up for cruising or racing and back again in literally 5 minutes. I set it for 2 foot moguls at 50-70 mph (second notch in back, and 85 psi shocks, with 3/16 increase on front track shock preload) and was amazed at how good it takes it. It could use a stiffer front track shock for that as it bottoms often, but doesnt jolt the spine. For 3-6" chatter bumps, I set it at first notch in back with 55 psi front shocks, with 1/8 inch decrease from stock in front track shock preload. Go easy on that front track shock preload adjustment. It will get tippy quick. The electric start makes me cringe with the noise it makes, and it often does not engage the fly wheel properly so you get a grind. There is a clunk upon clutch engagement, but a lot of sleds do that. It has good power compared to other new stock 800cc sleds. I raced it against a stock 1998 Thundercat 1000 which is the benchmark for stock sleds. It was neck and neck until about 80mph. Then the Thundercat took off. 13 inches of suspension travel eats power vs. 4.5 inches. This sled needs a clutch kit and at least 25 more ponies. Ride quality is the best I have experienced and I think it is due to the extra 50 pounds this weighs vs other 800s. The sled does not seem heavy when riding. It pushed in the sugar snow turns until I put duece 9" runners on it. It also has 153 studs. Now I can take it into turns with 2 foot moguls at speed and it doesnt push or lift the inside ski. The seat does seem wide on the knees when in the highest position while standing up and riding. It is not too slippery. The windshield and hand guards are a joke. Overall, you will be happy.
Sign up for our free newsletter

IN THE MAGAZINE