ATV TEST: 2016 ARCTIC CAT MUDPRO 700 & 1000

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Designed to dig deep in the slop By the staff of Dirt Wheels

Arctic Cat has been making big strides in the ATV and UTV segments with machines like their very capable Wildcat X 1000, their all-new HDX Crew models and the Alterra series that was once known as the XRs. But, we have been waiting to get our hands on the Arctic Cat Mudpro line-up. We spent some time dirtying up the Mudpro 700 Limited and Mudpro 1000 Special Edition to test their performance in the mud and trails of Texas. We weren’t disappointed in the company’s machines!

 

The 1000 corners well for a big 4x4 quad, and the stiff suspension helps.
The 1000 corners well for a big 4×4 quad, and the stiff suspension helps.

 

THE POWERPLANTS
The Mudpro 700 Limited sports a 695cc, SOHC, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that is liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected. The transmission is an automatic CVT style that has high and low range, neutral, reverse, and park. The Mudpro 1000 Special Edition also utilizes a CVT transmission, but it is paired with a 951cc, SOHC, four-stroke, V-twin engine that is also liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected. Both machines come with built-in snorkel systems for the intake and clutch that sit up high above the handlebars, so if you go deep into muddy waters you have less of a chance of flooding your engine while keeping your clutch dry and cool.

The suspension on both the 700 and 1000 Mudpro is stiff when going slow. The 1000 can handle faster riding due to its longer frame.
The suspension on both the 700 and 1000 Mudpro is stiff when going slow. The 1000 can handle faster riding due to its longer frame.

 

The Mudpro’s come with three different settings in the shaft-driven 4×4 system. Controlled via a switch on the handlebars, you can select 2×4, 4×4 or 4×4 with a front differential lock.

The power the Mudpro 1000 has is pleasantly torquey and has enough engine to get you most anywhere you need to go quickly.
The power the Mudpro 1000 has is pleasantly torquey and has enough engine to get you most anywhere you need to go quickly.

 

Both engines boast a good amount of torque in both high and low range, which is needed for digging through the muck and mud. Shifting is easy to do with a left-hand-operated hand lever, and the Mudpro’s come with a parking brake that is separate from the park gear in the transmission.

 

 

The front and rear suspension of the Arctic Cat 700 and 1000 are independent dual-A-arm-type suspension.
The front and rear suspension of the Arctic Cat 700 and 1000 are independent dual-A-arm-type suspension.

 

SUSPENSION AND HANDLING
Arctic Cat’s Mudpro 700 Limited relies on a shorter frame than the 1000 Special Edition. The 1000’s frame is the same as their two-up Alterra TRV lineup. The Mudpro 700 is 8 inches shorter than the 1000 at 86.5 inches. The SE’s longer frame is useful for keeping the rear tires digging into the mud when your front end starts to float through it.
Both machines have dual A-arms on all four corners with 10 inches of wheel travel. The coil-over shocks come with a spring preload adjustment, which is a bit stiff even on the softest setting. No doubt they expect the machine to pick up some mud weight, and then it will need the stiff setting. To help pilot the Mudpros through deep bogs is an electronic power-steering system that works well in fast and slow operation.

The 700 and 1000 come with color-matched beadlock rims stock with Maxxis Zilla tires.
The 700 and 1000 come with color-matched beadlock rims stock with Maxxis Zilla tires.

 

Maxxis Zilla tires mounted on color-matched aluminum beadlock wheels support all four corners of the Arctic Cats. The front tires are 28×9-14, while the rears are 28×11-14. In sticky terrain the highly specialized tires hook up well, but they obviously don’t perform as well in hardpack trails and most other terrain.

Both Arctic Cats come with a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch included.
Both Arctic Cats come with a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch included.

 

Hydraulic disc brakes on the front and rear wheels of the 700 and 1000 slow the machines down. There is a foot-operated rear brake and a hand lever on the left side of the handlebars that controls the front and rear brakes together. It would be nice to have a separate front brake lever, but the Cats slowed down pretty well without it.

 

The 4x4 system comes with a front-locking differential that is operated through a control on the handlebars.
The 4×4 system comes with a front-locking differential that is operated through a control on the handlebars.

 

EXTRAS
The Mudpro 700 Limited and 1000 Special Edition come with Arctic Cat’s SpeedRack cargo rack system on the front and rear of the machines. The machines also come with heavy-duty front and rear bumpers as a standard feature. Another great benefit to these models is that they come with a Warn 3000-pound winch.
These Arctic Cats can also tow up to 1050 pounds out of a 2-inch rear hitch receiver, which means they are still useful around the property to help get work done.

 

The 1000 shares the same frame as a 2-up ATV in their line. This means you get a second set of footpegs to stand on when you are deep in the mud.
The 1000 shares the same frame as a 2-up ATV in their line. This means you get a second set of footpegs to stand on when you are deep in the mud.

 

THE TESTS
The term Mudpro speaks for itself with these two Arctic Cats. They are designed as competition machines for racing through deep mud holes. When our test riders took them into the muck, they were impressed at their capability in stock trim. Both machines clawed through mud well, and the extra power of the 1000 was preferred even though it wasn’t needed. Standing on the rear foothold of the 1000’s longer frame helped keep traction when the front end would start to lift.
The 4×4 system on both machines works very well in the muck and through rocky and steep terrain. Our test riders didn’t often have to utilize the front locking differential, but it’s a great option to have if you get stuck. In case you get in a sticky situation, the Warn winch systems are easy to operate and useful to have.
We also tested the Mudpros on dry trails to see how they fared. While both Cats didn’t corner as well as their non-mud counterparts, the electronic power steering made piloting them effortless in turns. The tire choice has a lot to do with how these ATVs climbed hills and rode through sand and hardpack trails. The Maxxis Zillas are good in the mud but not our first choice for other terrain. The suspension is stiff during low-speed operation on both machines, but it felt smoother on the longer-framed 1000 SE.

 

Arctic Cat’s Mudpro 700 can also tackle the goop well, but the shorter frame can cause it to not have as good of traction as the 1000.
Arctic Cat’s Mudpro 700 can also tackle the goop well, but the shorter frame can cause it to not have as good of traction as the 1000.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS
If you live in a state where you get to enjoy (or have no choice about) riding in the mud, the Mudpro 700 Limited and 1000 SE are great machines to have. If you have a combination of terrain to ride on, we suggest purchasing a second set of wheels and tires that are better suited for all types of riding. Both Arctic Cats are capable and well-built machines. If you want more power and a longer frame, we suggest you look into the white-and-green 1000, but if you plan to ride in tighter terrain as well as mud bogs, the black-and-green 700 is the way to go.
If you are interested in any of Arctic Cat’s lineup, go to www.arcticcat.com, where you can also locate your nearest Arctic Cat dealer for more info. Always check in with www.dirtwheelsmag.com to get our thoughts on all types of ATVs and UTVs.

 

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ARCTIC CAT MUDPRO 700 LTD
Engine type : SOHC, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single
Displacement: 695cc
Transmission: Automatic CVT w/ reverse
Final drive: Shaft
Fuel system: EFI
Starting: Electric
Fuel capacity: 5.7 gal
Length/width/height: 86.5″x47.5″x51.8″
Ground clearance: N/A
Wheelbase: 50″
Dry weight: 800 lb.
Suspension/wheel travel:
Front: Dual A-arms w/ 10″
Rear: Dual A-arms w/ 10″
Tires:
Front: 28×9-14
Rear: 28×11-14
Brakes:
Front: Dual hydraulic disc
Rear: Dual hydraulic disc
Cargo capacity:
Front:
100 lb.
Rear: 200 lb.
Towing: 1050 lb.
Colors: Green/Black Limited
Price: $11,599
Contact: www.arcticcat.com

ARCTIC CAT MUDPRO 1000 SE
Engine type: SOHC, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, V-twin
Displacement: 951cc
Transmission: Automatic CVT w/ reverse
Final drive: Shaft
Fuel system: EFI
Starting: Electric
Fuel capacity: 5.7 gal
Length/width/height: 94.5”x47.8”x51.8”
Ground clearance: N/A
Wheelbase: 58”
Dry weight: 851 lb.
Suspension/wheel travel:
Front:
Dual A-arms w/ 10”
Rear: Dual A-arms w/ 10”
Tires:
Front:
28×9-14
Rear: 28×11-14
Brakes:
Front: Dual hydraulic disc
Rear: Dual hydraulic disc
Cargo capacity:
Front:
100 lb.
Rear: 200 lb.
Towing: 1050 lb.
Colors: Green/White Special Edition
Price: $12,999
Contact: www.arcticcat.com

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