Originally posted by: StephenL
I'm looking at a used '99 500 4x4. This will be my first ATV and I just wanted to make sure it will be a good investment. Is there anything I should watch out for with it being this old? Was there anything bad with the Arctic Cats from that year?
You'll be fine. You can start a project that will cost you about $50. and basically bring back the machine to new.
Clean your air filter really good.
Change oil & filter - clean the oil screen (need to remove the skid plate for this)
Change differential fluid
Replace all worn rubber bushings to your shocks and A-arms.
Repack your wheel bearings and put new seals in.
Check your brake pads and replace them if needed.
Check your CV boots for leaks and replace if needed. (You can also remove one band and put some new grease in there).
Check your steering bushings and tie-rod ends.
Adjust your valves.
Put some carb/injector cleaner in with your gas - maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil also.
Run only 87 octane. (is explodes and burns hotter than mid or premium grade)
Put in a new spark plug.
Your good to go..................