Has anyone tried putting an electric start on a Pro X? [?] I'm tired of heaving (or trying to heave) over the 800 on the real cold mornings. It was -32C this morning...I couldn't get the thing started and had to take the old Indy instead!
Polaris says its not available. But if theres a will theres a way. The motor is the same motor as the XC 800, so the primary clutch is the same. The only thing different is the bulkhead. Maybe there is a problem with clearance for the starter. Only thing I can think of. Because you can change the clutch, the switch, add the battery and wiring no problem. Ask your dealer if they have ever tried doing it. Or buy a membership to the local gym and start pumping iron!
Something you may want to try is on the first couple of pulls, take the cord handle and pull it slowly and easily back, just to get it loosened up.Theres no sense in using all you strength up those first couple of pulls, when its not gonna start anyhow.
Those external heaters I don't think get very hot (that's good), If you are satisfied that they couldn't start a fire you could also put an old parka over the engine under the hood. I don't know if you have to trailer to ride but if you do it can get stiff again trailering. If not too far to trailer cover the engine with old parkas and tarp to trailer.
This past weekend I trailered about 30 miles at -25C and the machine was as stiff as when I tented last Janurary at -35C with the machine sitting tarped outside the tent overnight. When I trailer home after an 80 mile run same problem, it started but very stiff.
My snow blower has the same problem at -35C. For that I put a hair dryer on for about 15 minutes,as your machine is LC it would take longer for the heat to get past the water jacket.
You could also put a trouble light with a guard on it under the hood overnight, just make sure that the guard is not against something that can burn. Under the exhaust manifold should be good if there isn't a bunch of oil that has dripped from the muffler joint.
Then cover the hood with something that is insulated like an old rug or a quilt. Over a long perion this will work if you can stop the heat from escaping.
Best cool weather solution for big bore engines....an in-line block heater.
Just drain some fluid, cut a lower coolant hose, slide the heater in between, clamp, fill with antifreeze, and plug her in.
What could be easier and cheaper...only 40 bucks at Royal Distributing.
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