The Wildcat 4X tackles rock-crawling obstacles with sure-footedness, and the locking front diff hooks it up on gnarly climbs. Our 4X had an
accessory poly-molded roof ($599.95), folding glass windshield ($899.95), bed trunk bag ($219.95) and spare tire carrier ($299.95).
With 17 inches of front travel and 64-inch width, the Wildcat
4X with variable-assist EPS tames the toughest terrain, and LED
headlights extend the fun past dusk. Our unit was fitted with Assault’s
heavy-duty, billet-aluminum Turret tie-rods ($299.99).
Rear travel is 18 inches, and the 4X had no trouble turning larger
29-inch Bighorns. Duro Power Grip 27-inch tires come stock on the
4X, and the only place we saw a power drop was in wet dune sand.
Our unit had high-clearance ARS-FX lower links ($329) and Assault
Barrel upper links ($299.99).
whether in 2WD or 4WD. With a 40/60
weight distribution, the front end is light
for turns, so chopping the throttle also
helps load the front end and lighten
the rear. It goes straight like it’s on
rails with all that suspension travel.
HOW’S THE WILDCAT SUSPENSION?
Excellent. With 17 inches of
front travel and five-link suspension
producing 18 inches of rear travel, the
4X gobbles up whoops like Oprah does
bonbons. We like the ride quality and
adjustability of the JRi ECX-1 shocks,
but the unit we drove at Moab had
totally custom Elka Stage 5 shocks
with larger reservoirs, revised pistons
and extensive internal modifications.
The ride was awesome, as the 4X
ignored trail junk like a hovercraft.
IS IT A ROCK HAMMER?
You bet. Articulation is excellent,
and the extra wheelbase makes
rock crawling much more fun in
most conditions. Some ledges will
high-center the 4X, but 13 inches
of ground clearance and 18 inches
of travel make it sure-footed on
rocks. Low range and diff-lock put
the “crawl” in rock crawling.
HOW IS IT IN DEEP MUD?
Messy. The low seating position
that’s great for overall handling isn’t
great for deep mud, and the front
fenders don’t stop much front-wheel
roost (Arctic Cat has accessory front
WC fenders for $399.95 and rear fender
flares for $169.95). Mud enthusiasts
will want high-clearance rear link rods
too. Our test unit had Assault link rods
and tie-rods, ARS-FX lower links, and
an accessory front windshield and
roof, keeping splashes out of the cab.