2015 Arctic Cat XR 500 4x4
Good large frame machineBy 32Tudor (I am an Owner) on Feb 16, 2021
Weighing in a 700lbs, I consider this a large frame machine. I have owned it for one season and done various trail riding as well as driveway plowing with it. It has plenty of power and the 4WD switch is very convenient. I installed a USB port and a winch remote relay and found the engineering to ... be very good, where the factory wiring harness already had auxiliary plugs for accessories. Everything seems well thought out from a design standpoint. One thing I was surprised about was a lack of grease fittings on the control arm bushings. Otherwise maintenance is fairly easy as is taking the plastics off to get to things during installation of accessories. The ride is excellent, most likely because it is a heavy machine. I can blast through rough trails at a good pace and it handles pretty good at higher speeds on the smoother trails. It does excellent with plowing. The weight makes it track straight and move a good amount of snow with no issues. It can be hard to shift out of gear if there is tension on the driveline, but if you plan ahead, you can end up with no load on the driveline and it shifts fine. No mechanical issues yet with a couple hundred trail miles on it.