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Old 01-06-2017, 11:37 PM   #1
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2002 zrt600 Hard Start Potential Remedy

I have an idea. Would it be possible to put some sort of heater under the engine somewhere so I can plug it in a little before I plan to ride? I heard of a guy using a magnetic heater of some sort underneath that heated it up so it wasn't such a bear to pull over when it's so cold! That sounds mighty nice to me because I'm 140 lbs and 6', so pulling it over 20 times in the cold is pretty tiring! Any help would be appreciated! I think something to just keep things warm so it isn't so stiff after sitting a while or even overnight.
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Well First off Welcome to the forum!

Second. that sled should not take 20 pulls to start. Somethings off weather it be chokes misadjusted, carb issues, or low compression.

3rd. Magnetic heater would be hard due to the block being aluminum and not flat. Ive heard of people using hair driers or heating blankets.

if you want to do the heater route id try to find one that would go in the coolant hose to the water pump
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Does anybody know if my sled is efi? Would it say on the hood? I'm relatively new to some of this stuff, so I'm not to sure about some of it. As to the heating with the hair dryer, where would you heat up? on top at the power valves?
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I don't think any of the triples are EFI. Do you have a choke lever by the key?

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if its a triple, its NOT EFI< unless someone got really creative!
does it have carbs??
if so, well?? NO EFI,
and if it has carbs and you haven;t cleaned them, I would highly suggest you do so, as odds are that is a part of your hard starting, that and or old fuel(bad fuel)
fouled plugs.
a well tuned 600 triple should fire up on first or second pull, in all but SUPER low temps
a 800-900-1000, can be a little more to get going in real cold temps, just due to more there to get going!

But I would start with new fuel, plugs and cleaning them carbs
I think doing this will have a BIG result on things, also checking spark, maybe that could be your issue too, these Ain't new sleds no more

My 600 fires fast, now that I replaced my fuel pump LOL
first pull every time since then!!
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How do you clean the carbs? I ran 89 octane gas today with some sea foam, so we'll see probably tomorrow how she starts up. It's been about zero here lately in Minnesota where I live, so I don't expect it to fire right away!! I would like to use the 93 non ethanol gas and see what she does, I expect a little better performance, but we'll see!
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That sled stock is designed to run on 87 octane. unless the sled has been modified (milled heads, timing advanced) 93 octane wont be of any benifit. Higher octane means it has a higher resistance to ignite. only way 93 would be of any benifit is if it is Non oxy (zero ethanol)

As for cleaning carbs....
Remove from sled, remove float bowls, remove jets, clean everything with a solvent (my personal choice is brake cleaner) clean jets and make sure all holes are clean and clear, use brake cleaner and compressed air to make sure all passages are clean.
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If I were you I would take it to a snowmobile mechanic. This is not a job a novice can do. There are many small parts inside carburetors and if one part is lost, your screwed until you can get a replacement part.
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I would disagree, cleaning a carb isn't that hard, its about paying attention, and a good clean well lite are to work on it, go slow, pay attention to what your doing
watch a few Youtube video's on HOW to, and see if it;s something your willing to take on, if, not, yes any shop can clean a carb, BUT some might struggle with setting up all 3 right! but a good shop shouldn't have a real hard time once they get things worked out?
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How much would it cost me? Lately the weather is warming up, and it only took about 5 pulls yesterday! We got a good dumping of snow and high winds, so the ditches were a blast! Super glad I bought it! I did however notice a little but better performance running the 93 octane, so that's interesting.
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