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Arctic Cat

2009 Arctic Cat 550 H1 EFI
Boredom Has No Chance

550 H1 EFI Camo
550 H1 EFI Camo

550 H1 EFI Lime
550 H1 EFI Lime

550 H1 EFI Marsh
550 H1 EFI Marsh

550 H1 EFI Metblack

550 H1 EFI Red
550 H1 EFI Red

When you own the all-new 550 H1, “How was your weekend?” will seem like the dumbest question ever. That’s because the 550H1 has a taste for adventure and a thirst for adrenaline.

In 2006 Arctic Cat introduced the first Arctic Cat-built and designed Hemi motor, the 650 H1. Since its introduction, the 650 H1 has proven itself for two consecutive years as a championship winning powerhouse in the World Powersports Association Quad Terrain racing series. This real world test showed the world that this motor is durable in stock trim, worthy of being deemed, “Race Ready”.

Fast forward to 2009 and another H1 evolution of hemi-producing power has arrived with EFI. As you can imagine, the new 550 H1 EFI has a powerful 545cc, SOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, designed for a wide torque curve with the smoothest power delivery via Electronic Fuel Injection. Cold weather starting and altitude changes are no longer questionable.

The H1’s Performance Chassis

To start with, the seat has been redesigned and lowered over an inch, combined with a new handlebar design. These changes seem minimal, but once you sit down, you definitely get the feeling of riding “In” the machine instead of “On” it.

The stance and suspension were race-bred and performance-calibrated with additional ride-in. What is ride-in? When you sit on the 550 H1, it will squat roughly 2 inches (depending on rider size) while maintaining Arctic Cat’s class leading 11” of ground clearance and 10” of suspension travel. The lower ride height and center of gravity inspire riding confidence in aggressive cornering and high speed handling.

Going from 2WD to 4WD is as simple as pressing a shift button, while activating the front diff-lock is as easy as pushing the all-new electronic rocker switch button located on the instrument pod. A 2-in. “automotive style” receiver hitch, long-range 6.5-gallon fuel tank, digital instrument pod (MPH, odometer, dual trip meters, hour meter, clock and fuel level) and Start-In-Gear capability complete the package.

From the front headlights to the rear brake lights, the 550 H1 screams show as well as go. Extra wide fenders add protection on muddy trails. A latch on the seat allows quick access to the handy tool tray below. Arctic Cat puts the power to the trails with a fully-independent front and rear double A-arm suspension. Equipped with preload adjustable shocks which, coupled with a full-length skid plate, gives riders the confidence needed to venture almost anywhere, over any obstacle.

The SpeedRacks have a slim, body-hugging appearance with 100/200-lb. rack capacities front/rear. To cap off the entire package, the 550 H1 is rolling on 12” steel wheels wrapped with aggressive 25” Dunlop Quadmax tires.

Get out there on an Arctic Cat Hemi H1. Monotony has never faced such potent adversaries.

550 H1 EFI Bottom
550 H1 EFI Bottom

550 H1 EFI Rear
550 H1 EFI Rear

Key Buying Points

  1.  The H1 revolution of
    hemi-producing power has
    arrived in the 500 class with
    EFI. As you can imagine, the
    550 H1 EFI has a powerful
    545cc, SOHC,
    single-cylinder, liquid-cooled
    engine, designed for a wide
    torque curve with the
    smoothest power delivery via
    Electronic Fuel Injection. 550
    H1 motor has a 10%
    increase of power at a lower
    RPM versus the 500 and a
    25% gain in torque.
  2. The stance and suspension
    were race-bred and
    performance-calibrated with
    additional ride-in. What is
    ride-in? When you sit on the
    550H1, it will squat roughly
    2 inches (depending on rider
    size) while maintaining Arctic
    Cat’s class leading 11” of
    ground clearance and 10” of
    suspension travel. The lower
    ride height and center of
    gravity inspire riding
    confidence in aggressive
    cornering and high speed
    handling
  3.  Going from 2WD to 4WD is
    as simple as pressing a shift
    button, while activating the
    front diff-lock is as easy as
    pushing the all-new
    electronic rocker switch
    button located on the
    instrument pod. A 2-in.
    “automotive style” receiver
    hitch, long-range 6.5-gallon
    fuel tank, digital instrument
    pod (MPH, odometer, dual
    trip meters, hour meter,
    clock and fuel level) and
    Start-In-Gear capability
    complete the package.
  4. Advantage® MAX-4 Camo
    was designed to give hunters
    maximum effectiveness in
    open terrain. The pattern
    incorporates cattails, millet,
    milo, corn stalks, dead
    sunflowers, oak and maple
    leaves, cedar and oak limbs,
    plus a variety of other plant
    life into the largest
    camouflage artwork on the
    market. It melts into
    marshes, grasslands,
    deserts, croplands - even the
    open canopy of a treetop.
    It's ideal for deer, turkey,
    waterfowl and western big
    game hunting.

Features & Benefits

New for 2009
ENGINE:
• 545cc, EFI, SOHC 4-stroke, 4-valve, single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine
• The “H” in H1 stands for Hemi. The hemispherical-shaped head creates more complete, more efficient combustion for performance-winning
power
• An Arctic Cat produced performance engine built in the state-of-the-art St. Cloud manufacturing facility
• Electronic Fuel Injection aids in perfect starting no matter what altitude or temperature changes.
• Liquid cooling system with high-capacity radiator and thermostatically-controlled cooling fan provides consistent engine operating temperatures
• The Duramatic Automatic Transmission has a long-life maintenance-free belt that withstands the harshest of conditions.
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION:
Improved Rider Input
• 12” steel wheel design has an optimized scrub radius minimizing the rider steering effort.
Positive Shifting
• A new shift detent profile in the lever linkage allows for improved positive shifting
Thundercat Halfshafts
• Developed from the Quad Terrain Race circuit, All new halfshafts (axles) were adopted from the Thundercat to increase durability and strength
for the most brutal offroad conditions.
New Headlight Bulb Sockets
• The right-hand headlight bulb sockets have been redesigned to eliminate the bulb popping out, decreasing the chance of the headlight housing
filling with moisture.
Fully Independent Suspension (FIS) How it works with or without a swaybar
• Arctic Cat ATVs have an optional sway bar available as an accessory purchase through your authorized dealer. Similar to any off-road 4x4
vehicle, eliminating the sway bar, lets the 10” of front or rear Fully Independent Suspension articulate through the full range of suspension travel.
This increased articulation provides full tire contact in all types of off-camber terrain. The addition of the sway bar will impact the traction
capabilities; however, it will enhance flatter cornering in aggressive trail riding
Performance Tuned Chassis
• When you sit on the 550 H1 EFI, it will squat roughly 2 inches (depending on rider size) while maintaining Arctic Cat’s class leading 11” of
ground clearance and 10” of suspension travel. This ride-in calibration lowers center of gravity for precise cornering
Performance Minded Ergonomics
• The seat on the 550 H1 EFI has been redesigned and lowered approximately one inch to reduce the riders center of gravity along with giving an
improved sense of sitting “In” the machine instead of “On” it.
Industry Leading Ground Clearance
• 11” of ground clearance enhances the ability to navigate through mud or over large rocks, logs, and other objects encountered in rough terrain
Large Capacity SpeedRacks
• Industry leading weight capacity and overall cargo carrying surface area allows 100 lb carrying capacity on the front rack and 200 lbs. on the
rear
SpeedRack Technology
• Allows very quick installation and removal of a wide variety of Arctic Cat exclusive accessories without the need for tools, bloody knuckles or
swearing
• SpeedRack and its accessories add value to the machine and also enhance the efficiency of your hunting, fishing, farming or utility chores
2-Inch Automotive Style Receiver Hitch
• This feature allows the consumer to remove the hitch from their 2” automotive receiver and install it into the ATV’s receiver hitch (Receiver
Hitch and Ball Standard on LE)
Floating Hydraulic Disc Brakes
• Low maintenance, positive stopping power in either dry or wet conditions
Adjustable Shocks
• Set the spring preload (5 rear positions, 5 front positions) on the shocks to tailor the ride to individual riding styles, terrains and loads
Electric Shift 2-to 4-Wheel Drive with new Electric Front Locking Differential
• Full-lock front differential transfers engine torque to both front wheels when selected for added traction with an all new electronic rocker
switch located on the gauge pod while 4wd/2wd switch is located on right-side handlebar for quick, convenient shifting in-and-out of four-wheel
drive.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
LE
• 550 H1 comes in a Limited Edition with all the great features of the standard model, but additionally has a 3,000lb Warn Winch, Hand
Warmers, 2” Receiver Hitch w/ball, Cat Black Metallic Painted bodywork, 12” Aluminum wheels.
Digital Instrument Pod
• Displays up to 14 critical operation information indicators including: clock/hour meter, fuel level, mode button, set/reset button, odometer/trip,
gear position, speedometer/tachometer, needle display, differential lock, drive select, high beam, battery condition, temperature and oil pressure
Tires
• The newly developed Dunlop Quadmax is standard on all Arctic Cat ATVs. (25x8-12 front, 25x10-12 rear)
Color Options
• Green, Max 4 Camo, Lime, Red, Cat Black Metallic (LE)
AVAILABLE ACCESSORIES:
Please log on to www.arcticcat.com or browse the 2009 Arcticwear and Accessories brochure at you nearest Arctic Cat dealer.

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