**LOOKING TO BUY...SEE DETAILS BELOW***
Finally managed to get the old Cougar moving last week after working on it extensively on and off for the past month and a half or so (exhaust repair, decarboning pistons and exhaust ports, replaced drive/cog shaft assembly, new track clips, carb adjustments etc...etc...etc). Around $200-$300 I'd say in parts (many which were used, thankfully). Took a few test runs on the pipeline that runs in the back of my house and then traveled down Plack to Chena lakes.
After finding "the new way" around the barricade someone put there at the end of Plack, got to the Chena lakes area and noticed the drivetrain started skipping in powder at near to w.o.t. with the engine simultaneously briefly bogging, mostly likely due to the fact that I still did not retention the track quite enough after reinstalling everything. Well, needless to say a weak link was found in the drive train when I stopped to check and pull the hood...that lovely bolt that holds on the primary, with the other end recessed I'd say 1/8 to 1/4 inch inside the crank.
Northern won't touch it (too old), Darby's estimates minimum $200 (thats bringing in the pulled motor) with no guarantees on whether it can be extracted. Needless to say I do not have the time, patience and additional money to throw and blow at this sled. Even if it was repaired, the new bolt may snap again since I'm not 100% sure what was skipping at w.o.t. in powder in the first place. It was bought for $500 5 seasons ago and came with a utility trailer and two helmets; and has since been rebought 3 to 4 fold in parts and repair. If anyone has experienced this and knows a way to extract a piece of bolt with hundreds of ft lbs now torqued on it..let me know. If anyone wants to buy this dirt cheap air cooled sled off me and repair it themselves, let me know. Runs pretty good, the clutch is still pressed on, runs a little rich still in the quarter to mid throttle range when it gets warmer out.
**LOOKING TO BUY**
The best thing I think attm is to bit the bullet and get something made will past the stone age. Beggars can't be over choosers but here is what I had in mind:
-Age...about 3 to 8 years old.
-Trail sled...128 - 136" track.
-Primarily considering AC or Polaris..may consider other two makes
-Liquid cooled ok, air cooled slightly preferred..550 to 800cc, 2 stroke, must have pull start.
-Studded track is a plus, but not required.
-Area to strap on extra fuel tank(s) strongly preferred.
2015 Bearcat 2000XT
1989 Arctic Cat Cougar 500
1979 Yamaha Enticer 300