As most know the RR in “ZR RR” stands for Race Replica which is the sled that brings out the snocross racer in all of us. Past Race Replica machines have been valved extremely stiff – so much so, that most riders could never push the shocks hard enough to make them effective. For 2017 Arctic Cat switched to the new Fox Zero QS3R shocks which features not only 3 easy compression adjustments but also includes a rebound adjustment. These shocks also come with a hard Kashima coating for better durability and less stiction. These shocks are calibrated more to the liking of the aggressive trail or ditch-banger with a plush initial stroke followed by a progressively stiffer feel through the rest of the travel.
We feel like this is a good combination of Race Replica style and feel with usable everyday calibration. The range of adjustability of the QSR3 shocks is broad and allows for a much wider range of conditions and riders. The shocks have enough adjustment to become the big bump/jump sleds we all want but still be compliant in the smaller trail stutter bumps. After riding it through fast trail sections back to back with long powerline whoops we were very pleased with how versatile the RR is and we attribute the majority of this to the shock package and calibration. This sled rates high on the fun factor scale.
New for 2017 is the addition of 137” track length versions of the RR, adding to the traction and versatility in even more riding conditions. This could easily be one of the best bump sleds Arctic Cat has every offered, available in 6000, 8000 & 9000 engine packages, all now with electric start. Seriously, these could be the best sleds available that nobody knows about.