Arctic Cat unleashes the VLX 700
ATV, a 700cc 4x4 at a 400cc price,
and Special Edition Wildcat Sports
and Trails. Cradled in a rugged HSLA
robotically welded frame with super-tough and durable body panels, the
VLX’s 695cc, liquid-cooled single is the
same engine that powers Arctic Cat’s
Prowler 700s, but with different CVT and
EFI tuning, so it’s a muscle machine.
The H1 motor sports a 102mm piston
and 85mm stroke and drives the
Duramatic dual-range CVT with closed-loop EFI induction for better fuel range.
The VLX fuel cell holds 5. 7 gallons,
and a 28-amp alternator is ready for
accessories. It sports high-strength
front and rear racks made of tubular
steel with 300-pound capacity and
a front tow hook, while a rear 2-inch
receiver accepts a trailer hitch for
towing up to 1050 pounds. Coil-over
springs and independent dual-A-arm
suspension provide 10 inches of travel,
and a switch selects mechanical,
on-the-fly 2WD/4WD. Dual-halogen
headlights are standard, as is all-black
bodywork with a storage compartment
behind the steering-stem cowling
with indicator lights for engine, park,
neutral and reverse. Carlisle Trail Pro
25x8-12 front and 25x10-12 rear
tires ride on powdercoated black
steel wheels to keep cost low.
Wildcat 700 Trail and Sport Special
Editions are also all black with gray
graphics and X-rayed, 10-spoke,
12-inch wheels. Both SEs sport a 3000-
pound Warn winch with a synthetic
rope, polycarbonate half windshield
and variable-assist EPS. The Sport SE
comes with compression-adjustable
King Racing piggyback shocks
producing 12. 2 inches of front and 12. 6
inches of rear travel with 26-inch Carlisle
Trail Pro tires. The Trail SE has 10
inches of travel with Fox high-pressure
gas shocks and 25-inch Trail Pro tires.
Both are powered by a 700cc twin
with 76.9mm pistons, a 75.3mm stroke
and Team Rapid Response clutch.
Both have 2-inch receivers for towing
up to 1500 pounds and a locking
front diff, and the fuel cell holds 7. 4
gallons. The Sport SE has an MSRP of
$16,499, while the Trail SE is $14,699.
Arctic Cat unveils the
2017 VLX 700 4x4 ATV, a
bare-bones 700 with a price
more in the 400cc range. The
VLX sports the same engine as the Alterra 700,
but has the pre-Alterra frame geometry and
bodywork for $3000 less.
The 60-inch Wildcat Sport
SE upgrades to King Racing
shocks, while the Trail SE
comes with Fox HPG shocks,
paint, Warn 1.5-ton winches with
synthetic rope and half windshields make
these 700s special.
SHOCK THERAPY RZR XP RACE RACK
Racers will want to upgrade the RZR XP/XP 4 1000 and Turbo steering rack to Shock Therapy’s Race Rack, which was
developed after breaking the OEM rack in half while leading a desert race. ST went big with 7075 aluminum and a huge
1x1-inch square gear cut from pre-heat-treated material with a gear-base that’s twice as thick as stock. The pinion is heat-treated 4140 chromoly with high-end bearings and retainers, and the Race Rack has a 1.5-turn lock-to-lock ratio instead
of 2.0. The rack body has hard-anodizing and internal passages for six grease zones via one Zerk fitting. Optional weld-on
4130 chromoly clevises ($100.90) accept high-quality 5/8-inch rod ends and taper-lock jam nuts. The Race Racks have zero
bumpsteer and sell for $995; YXZ1000R and X3 racks are coming soon. Call (623) 217-4959.
RZR XP Race
and bellows to
keep the moving
parts debris-free. Where the round OEM rack tends to bend and have weak points at each gear-cut base, the larger, square ST Race Rack is much thicker and stronger.