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2009 Arctic Cat M8 LE (OSM Sled Review)

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Old 09-22-2008
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Default 2009 Arctic Cat M8 LE (OSM Sled Review)

Just some good reading from the OSM!

2009 Arctic Cat M8 LE
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The 2009 M8 SnoPro LE is among the best boondocking sleds we rode. Sure, it will rip up the mountains and climb as far as other 800s, but this sled shined making its way to the hills. Arctic Cat added a rear Fox Zero Pro gas shock and did away with the torsion springs. The frame was redesigned to decrease unsprung weight, while reducing track tensioning. This all made for a way better ride. The 800 engine features a batteryless EFI, and is “laid down” in the chassis, enabling the snowmobile mass to be lower. The push-button electronic reverse works great, however the button is set in so far, you have to remove your glove to hit it. This was done so riders wouldn’t accidentally press it while climbing. Makes sense! On the snow is the new M-series Power Claw Track. This track works extremely well in the deep snow and on the trail. Finally, the new lightweight running boards did improve floatation, boot traction and snow evacuation. Add the new Boss Seat and you have one comfortable ride.
The OSM Test Riders all felt this sled is the perfect combination of hillclimber and boondocker. The 2009 M8 SnoPro LE made riding to the hills much more enjoyable. It’s very easy to steer and has good power. We think the BIG MOUNTAIN riders will probably go with the 1000 because of the extra power, but this sled works exceptionally well both climbing mountains and riding the trails.

794cc, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled

Drive Clutch

Driven Clutch
Arctic ACT drive system

Hydraulic Disc

Ft Suspension
AWS VI dual A-arms, 9.2 inches of travel

Rear Suspension
ACT M Series slide-rail, 19 inches of travel

Ft Shocks
Aluminum FOX Zero Pro gas (IFP)

Centre Shock
FOX Zero Pro (IFP)

Rear Shock
FOX Float

Dry Weight
437 lb
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