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It's a Merry Christmas at EPI today!

This week we'll start component development, then in Mid-January we'll be in Glamis with 2 of these to get the sand kits developed.
 

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Great news and Merry Christmas to all of you at EPI.
 

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What type of component development will you be looking to do? Where are you located?
 

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i think they ended up with the units that were being toured with. i am pretty sure those are not the duro tires in that pic, that are coming on the production models
 

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i think they ended up with the units that were being toured with. i am pretty sure those are not the duro tires in that pic, that are coming on the production models
Yep it is obvious this is where the demo units ended up, being spread out to aftermarket companies.
 

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Yep, definately a demo unit. It has a few battle scars on it... We're going to get some miles on it this morning and then start taking things apart later today!
 

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But since it is a "demo" unit won't the clutching be completely different than the production units if the rumor is true that AC is "tweaking" the production units? BTW Kudos on your clutches - had one on my 08 Rzr and it really brought it back to life. I had installed Pitbulls (heavy tires) that made it sluggish
 

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Thanks for the comments on our work, we appreciate that!

Yep, as always on these new releases we run the chance of the OE tweaking things on the production units. That won't affect our "non-stock" kits for modifications such as paddle tires, mud tires and other mods. It could affect the stock clutch kits that are calibrated for the people who don't plan to change anything at all, but we can react pretty quickly to that. This is just our first look at it. We will eventually get a production unit here long term.
 

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i am curious how you ended up with the wildcat. did you buy it? borrow? rent? i was wondering why arctic cat would send one to a clutch specialist if they had intentions of changing the clutching. or possibly they are using you to fine tune the original clutch, kinda free r&d? till they have to make a decision on the final clutch changes, if any.
 

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i am curious how you ended up with the wildcat. did you buy it? borrow? rent? i was wondering why arctic cat would send one to a clutch specialist if they had intentions of changing the clutching. or possibly they are using you to fine tune the original clutch, kinda free r&d? till they have to make a decision on the final clutch changes, if any.
Look...don't get me started here. "kinda free r&d? till they have to make a decision on the final clutch changes, if any."

I don't want to wait for more damn R&D. They have the dealer models on their way. A/C is DONE with this years edition. Any changes they are considering now aint gonna come on the 2012. At this point, I'm resigned to accepting it. Just give me the damn rig and let me redo it.
 

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Hey Jeff, what's your website and what do you specialize in and why aren't you a supporting vendor with that nice shop I see in the background ;) ?
 

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EPI has been in business since 1990. We're located in central Minnesota. Started out as Erlandson Performance. Glenn Erlandson, snowmobile racer, was one of the first CVT Gurus to start tuning clutches. His son Chad (also a retired snowmobile racer) is now our head of R&D, doing the tuning magic that his dad did for many years. We grew into an ATV/UTV/Snowmobile Clutching and driveline company over the past 20 years. EPI: Order. Install. Hold On!

As I'm sure you all know, or would agree, the OE's want/need aftermarket companies like us (and MCX, and all the others) to have quality aftermarket acessories & options available when new models are released. It's an important part of their marketing plan when releasing a new model. They know that true enthusiasts like all of you on this forum want accessories and options for your Wildcat, so they do their best to work with us by getting these machines into our hands so we can do our jobs. And fortunately for us, we're located just a couple hours from both Arctic and Polaris and have strong ties with them.

But to be more specific in my answer, i don't believe Cat has any intention of holding off production for us to tune the clutch on this thing (just my opinion). They have good tuners on staff. Arctic (and all the other OE's) have a tough job on any machine setting up the stock clutching. They don't know who is going to buy that machine, what changes they might make to it, or how they are going to use it. So the stock clutching has to cover a broad spectrum of demands "pretty good". It has to perform to an acceptable level no matter what the buyer does with it. This approach to clutch calibration covers all their potential buyers, and leaves room for a company like EPI to develop new calibrations for more specific riding and modifications. I put some miles on this machine yesterday and believe me, it's impressive! Sure, there's always room for improvement in certain areas, but I would say that about any machine, because i'm a clutching guy and know what i like in a clutch set up. For the average enthusiast, the Wildcat will impress. For the more seasoned DIY enthusiast, they will drive it and immediately start making changes to accomodate their personal tastes, be it clutching, tires, exhaust, TURBO!!!.... (we know the MCX boys well... those turbo guys are CRAZY!!). That's what makes this such a fun sport!
 

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I have to say that I like the plug there Jeff, but sorry that I do not agree with you on the statement that AC has great clutch tuners....
they do not. As a matter of fact I'll go far as to say that they do not have a clue. Now before every one wants to start the attack....
I own an Arctic Cat....but on their UTV's, they do not have a clue.
 
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