Many of us have experienced a build-up of ice underneath and around the rear of the seats on the Arctic Cat Sabercat and Firecat...

Many of us have experienced a build-up of ice underneath and around the rear of the seats on the Arctic Cat Sabercat and Firecat models. Curiously, this doesn’t seem to be an issue on M-Series and Crossfire models, so what’s the difference?

Ralph Krick of Fleetwood, PA offered the following observation and insight, as well as his fix for the problem;

“I took delivery of a Sabercat 700 LX in November of 2003 and had the ice build-up under and around the seat on my very first ride. I complained to the dealer and he said other people were having the problem and they didn’t know where it was coming from.

I was pretty sure I knew where it was coming from, and I confirmed this by removing the seat. The heat exchanger is set up into the tunnel and pop riveted. It is sealed around the tunnel with silicone sealer, and I was convinced the seal was not water tight.

I proved this by taking a garden hose and spraying up into the tunnel, and sure enough, it leaked around the heat exchanger. This was where the water was coming from that was accumulating under the rear of the seat. The warm heat exchanger was melting the snow, and some of the water was getting past this seal and re-freezing as it ran out underneath the seat.

I went back to my dealer and told him this, so we put more silicone around the heat exchanger in an attempt to seal it up better. We even laid a piece of wax paper on top of it so when we put the seat back on it wasn’t glued to the tunnel, and then removed it when the silicone cured. (Ideally, let the silicone cure before installing the seat.)

Viola, no more ice and water coming from under the seat. It has not leaked like this again in 3,000+ miles.”

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