Arctic Cat


 

 

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1970 SSSCat I

1970 SSSCat I ST

1970 SSSCat II

1971 Whisker

1971 Prowler

1971 Climber

1971 Screamer

1972 Scout

1972 Whisker

1972 Climber

1972 Prowler

1972 Ramrod

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Make / Model:  1970 Arctic Cat SSSCat I – Model# 2200-001 & 2200-002*
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Comments:  The difference in the model numbers on this year were the different ratios on the Sachs engines.

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Make / Model:  1970 Arctic Cat SSSCat I ST – Model# 2300-001
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Fuel Tank:  
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Lighting:  None.
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Make / Model:  1970 Arctic Cat SSSCat II – Model# 2250-001
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Make / Model:  1971 Arctic Cat Whisker – Model# 2328-001
Dimensions:  90 lbs. 50"L x 33"H
Engine:  47cc Sachs 2.8 Horse power 2 Cycle
Transmission:  Integral two-speed automatic. Ratios: low 20.4:1 to high 11.1
Tires/Wheels:  12.5" x 6" Universal Tread – 6" Cast aluminum split rim.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks, frame mounted rear axle.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Sunset Yellow
Brakes:  Adjustable internal expanding type on rear wheel.
Seat:  Black*
Lighting:  None.
*Comments:  A black seat was standard, the leopard seat was optional. No decals on the fenders and down tube of frame this year. #41 Chain


1971 Arctic Cat Whisker

 

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Make / Model:  1971 Arctic Cat Prowler – Model# 2325-001
Dimensions:  92 lbs. 52"L x 34"H
Engine:  47cc Sachs 2.8 Horse power 2 Cycle
Transmission:  Integral two-speed automatic. Ratios:  22:1 low to 11.8:1 high
Tires/Wheels:  14 x 6" Motocross knobby tread. – 6" Cast aluminum split rim.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks. Shock absorbed rear swing arm.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Navel Orange
Brakes:  Adjustable internal expanding type on both wheels.
Seat:  Side and front leopard
Lighting:  Headlight, Tail Light, Brake Light – Side Reflectors. 30W Alternator.
Comments:  Headlight mounted between the triple trees. No decals on the fenders and down tube fenders of frame.

1971 Arctic Cat Prowler

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Make / Model:  1971 Arctic Cat Climber – Model# 2327-001
Dimensions:  96 lbs. 52"L x 34"H
Engine:  Tecumseh 172cc Air-cooled, 4 Cycle, 4 Horse Power
Transmission:  Variable ratio torque converter. Ratios:  13.5:1 low to 5.4:1 high
Tires/Wheels:  14 x 6" Motocross knobby tread. –  6" Cast aluminum split rim.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks. Shock absorbed rear swing arm.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Draggin’ Green
Brakes:  Adjustable internal expanding type on both wheels.
Seat:  Front and Side Leopard.
Lighting:  Headlight, Tail Light, Brake Light, Side Reflectors. 2 30W Alternators
Comments:  Headlight mounted between the triple trees. No decals on the fenders and down tube of frame.

1971 Arctic Cat Climber

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Make / Model:  1971 Arctic Cat Screamer – Model# 2326-001
Dimensions:  94 lbs. 52"L x 34"H
Engine:  Chrysler 134cc Air-Cooled 2-Cycle 8 Horse Power
Transmission:  Variable Ratio Torque Converter. Ratios: 13.5:1 low  to 5.4:1 high
Tires/Wheels:  14 x 6" Motocross knobby tread. –  6" Cast aluminum split rim.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks. Shock absorbed rear swing arm.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Chrome.
Brakes:  Adjustable internal expanding type on both wheels.
Seat:  Front and Side Leopard.
Lighting:  None.
Comments:  No headlight or tail light – Racing Model. No decals on the fenders but had the purple, black & chrome strip on the down tube of frame.

1971 Arctic Cat Screamer

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Make / Model:  1972 Arctic Cat Scout – Model# N/A
Dimensions:  90 lbs. 48"L x 32"H
Engine:  Tecumseh 3.5 Horse Power. 4 Cycle.
Transmission:  Direct drive through torque converter.
Tires/Wheels:  12.5 x 6 Universal Tread. – 6" Die cast aluminum.
Suspension:  None. Rigid frame.
Fuel Tank:  Engine Mounted.
Brakes:  Rear internal expanding.
Seat:  Black box seat.
Lighting:  None.
Comments:  Purple, black and chrome decal on top frame tube.

1972 Arctic Cat Scout

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Make / Model:  1972 Arctic Cat Whisker – Model# J2601
Dimensions:  95 lbs. 52"L x 34"H
Engine:  47cc Sachs 3 Horse power 2 Cycle
Transmission:  2 Speed Automatic. Variable ratio from 22.0:1 to 11.8:1
Tires/Wheels:  12.5 x 6 – 400 x 6 Knobby tread – 6" Die cast aluminum.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks, internal springs. Swing arm rear.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Sunset Yellow.
Brakes:  Rear internal expanding.
Seat:  Black*
Lighting:  None.
*Comments:  No decals on the fenders and down tube of frame this year. All black seat standard, the leopard seat was optional.

1972 Arctic Cat Whisker

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Make / Model:  1972 Arctic Cat Climber – Model# N/A
Dimensions:  96 lbs. 52"L x 34"H
Engine:  Tecumseh 4 Horse Power, 4 Cycle
Transmission:  Torque Converter. Variable ratio from 13.5:1 to 5.4:1
Tires/Wheels:  400 x 6 Knobby tread – 6" Die cast aluminum.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks, internal springs. Swing arm rear.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Draggin’ Green
Brakes:  Internal expanding, front and rear.
Seat:  Side panels only were leopard.
Lighting:  Headlight, Tail Light, Side Reflectors. 2-12V Alternators
Comments:  Headlight mounted between the triple trees. No decals on the fenders and down tube of frame.

1972 Arctic Cat Climber

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Make / Model:  1972 Arctic Cat Prowler – Model# J2602
Dimensions:  100 lbs. 54"L x 35"H
Engine:  47cc Sachs 3 Horse power 2 Cycle
Transmission:  2 Speed Automatic. Variable ratio from 22.0:1 to 11.8:1
Tires/Wheels:  300 x 10 Knobby tread. – 10" Chrome Spoked.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks, internal springs. Swing arm rear.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Navel Orange
Brakes:  Internal expanding, front and rear.
Seat:  Side panels only were leopard.
Lighting:  Headlight, Tail Light, Side Reflectors. 12V Alternator.
Comments:  Headlight mounted between the triple trees. No decals on the flat fenders and down tube fenders of frame.

 1972 Arctic Cat Prowler

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Make / Model:  1972 Arctic Cat Ramrod – Model# J2603
Dimensions:  100 lbs. 54"L x 35 1/2"H
Engine:  Kawasaki 98cc 4 Horse Power, 2 Cycle
Transmission:  Torque Converter. Variable ratio from 20:1 to 7:1
Tires/Wheels:  300 x 10 Knobby tread. – 10" Chrome Spoked.
Suspension:  Telescopic front forks, internal springs. Swing arm rear.
Fuel Tank:  1 Gallon – Metallic Blue
Brakes:  Internal expanding, front and rear.
Seat:  Front and side panels were leopard.
Lighting:  Headlight, Tail Light, Side Reflectors. 12V Alternator.
Comments:  No decals on the flat fenders.

1972 Arctic Cat Ramrod

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Here are some different seats through out the years. Thanks to Darren Kalvig for the photos!




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Arctic Cat History and Frame changes, by Darren Kalvig

In 1970, Arctic Enterprises Inc. came out with their mini bike line up.  The production facilities were located in Thief River Falls Minnesota.  Over the next 3 years slight engineering modifications were made to the frame to make them better quality.  All AC models used the same frame from 1970 through 1972 with
the exception of the 72 Scout. 
 

With one year under their belt, the 1971 lineup brought the first frame modifications.  A 1/8-inch rod was added across the back of the seat pan underneath the taillight bracket.  The 1970 model seat pan did not hold up to the weight of the rider and bent down. 

 The second change was a fracture point at the bottom of the down tube.  The 71 models now came with a gusset strap welded on the front side of the down tube and over the lower frame rail. 

 

The third change was the headlight mounting system.  The 1970 models headlight was mounted on top of the triple tree in front of the handlebars.  Severe vibration was hard on the headlight and most of those bikes today are without headlights.  In 1971, they moved the headlight down between the upper and lower triple tree with a two point mounting system. 

 

The foot peg mounts were changed from a male mount to a female mount.  Wipeouts were a little hard on the 70 frames, leaving a 1? hole in your frame where your foot peg mount should be. 

 

The last frame modification for 1971 was the gas tank mount.  The new style gas tank for the 71-model line up called for a similar but larger mounting strap on the top frame rail.  The tank nuts were inverted directly into the bottom of the tank.  This was a fiasco.  Buy mid year, the company put out a recall on all gas tanks.  The replacements were what is now the 1972 tank.  A mounting bracket was welded to the bottom tunnel of the tank and two frame clamps with bushings were strapped around the frame and the bolts were inserted horizontal through the tank brackets instead of vertically
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In 1972, production was moved to General leisure Products Corp, a subsidiary company of Arctic Enterprises Inc. located in Omaha Nebraska.  Not much frame change was made for the 1972 line up.  There was a permanent fix to the gas tank mounting system (see above).  This entailed two pieces of pipe, 1 inch long welded to the bottom side of the top frame rail.  This made a more secure mounting system.  Arctic Cat also introduced two of the models in a 10? wheeled bike.  A new style fork and swing arm were added to the existing frame along with fender mounts for the style change in fenders.  In my opinion, the 10? models were added to be more competitive in the market place and introduced models similar to the likes of Rupp, Coleman and Speedway.

I have more notes in regards to frame modifications.  When going through your restoration process, make sure the fork stop is in place and the small wear marks are filled in on the backside of your lower triple tree. 


 Some bikes came off the line without the fork stop.  There should be a piece of ¾ inch rod approximately ½ inch long welded to the front side, top end of the down tube just below the fork neck.  This is a major cause of the dents in your gas tank.


If you are restoring a model equipped with the Saxonette motor, be sure to remove all the paint around the back motor mount and check for hairline cracks.  This was a common weak point on those models. 
 

The above information is a result of my compilation of data through research, mechanical logic and conversations with the good old boys who were there.  No official statements were made by the company and therefore are of my opinion alone.

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Here are some brochures sent in by Darren Kalvig. I’m still looking for original documentation on the 1970 models, if you have it please send it to me!




1971 Models




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