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Edit: How do I insert images? I tried to insert image from Dropbox and Flickr, both set at public and it just shows the square with the "x".

So a while ago I ran across a thread about putting a pull start on a 700 Mud Pro (http://www.arcticchat.com/forum/general-atv-discussion/312823-pull-start-recoil-700-mudpro.html). No one seemed to have experience with how the recoil pull start would work with a low powered battery, or even no battery. I ordered a pull start for my 2012 550 LTD a couple months ago and finally got around to installing it so I wanted to report back. I also posted a youtube review showing how it works and below are the instructions for my installation and further review details!

I ordered the Recoil Starter Kit (p/n 1436-002/007) from my local Arctic Cat dealer. It cost around $120, the same as what I was seeing it online for.
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Tools: T30 Torx-bit (could use screw driver type or ratchet with extension), 15mm socket, medium sized vice grips, torque wrench, rubber mallet, small chunk scrap 2"x4", impact wrench, small crow bar/screw driver.

1. Remove the left side panel.
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2. Kit instructions say to remove the footrest. I did not do this and didn't have any issues with space. Remove the 4- T30 screws from the outer magneto cover.
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3. Remove the 15mm nut. I tried with a socket first, but that just turned the engine over. Then used an impact wrench and the nut came off no issues.
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4. Remove the spacer that was behind the nut with vice grips or channel locks. I just locked my vice grips on it and moved it up and down while pulling and it came out.
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5. Install o-ring (came in kit) into the Starter Cup (came with kit).
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6. Apply liberal amount of High Performance Grease to the o-ring and seal area on the starter cup. I used marine grease.
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7. Carefully install the starter cup (came with kit) onto the end of the shaft, making sure the splines on the starter cup and splines on the shaft are aligned. I had some issue with this, they didn't slide on easily for me. I carefully used the block of 2"x4" and rubber mallet and tapped on the starter cup and rotated it until it slid into place.
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8. Install the nut and tighten to 28 ft-lb. I put a small crow bar through the starter cup to hold it in place to tighten. A screw driver would work as well.
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9. Install the recoil starter and tighten the four Machine Screws (came with kit) to 8 ft-lb. My torque wrench doesn't go that low, so I just hand tightened and then a tad bit more.
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10. Install the new side panel (came with kit).

This took me about 15-20 minutes, while looking for tools and taking pictures for documentation.

Edit 2: In other posts I've read about the recoil, it has been suggested that some silicone be placed on the bottom of the pull start handle (where the rope is at) to help seal the hole that goes into the cover to keep water and dirt out.

Edit 3: I discovered that the new side cover that comes with the kit does not fit my ATV. A couple of the tabs are incorrect and the lip at the top of the cover is substantially larger than the lip on the stock cover. The stock cover DOES fit without interference of the handle or rope. (See post #10 for pictures)

Review of the recoil pull start:
I hadn't used my ATV for a couple weeks prior to this installation. I put it in neutral and pulled it out of the shed. Last time I ran it, the battery was low and I had to jump start it. This happens a lot when I am using the winch and lights, I don't seem to run the ATV enough here in the city to keep the battery charged. You can see my youtube video here:

When I did the first pull start, battery powered on the display, but didn't have enough power to turn the starter. The ATV started up on the first pull!

Next, I disconnected the negative battery terminal. Turned the key on (no display) and pulled and it started right up.
 

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Your awesome write up thread. Was asking if an admin can make it a sticky thread, or a pinned thread so that it's in the group of awesomeness instructions!
 

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Done it is now pinned
 
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is there room to put the side cover back on? or do you loose it in the conversion?
 

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is there room to put the side cover back on? or do you loose it in the conversion?
The kit comes with a new side cover. I haven't yet put it on, I need to transfer my registration tag from my old side cover to the new one.
 

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can you post photo with both? how much more will it stick out

thanks
 

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can you post photo with both? how much more will it stick out

thanks
It sticks out about 1" more.

BUT, the side cover that can with the kit does not fit my atv. A couple of the tabs are in the wrong spot and along the top, their is a lip that goes under the seat. This lip is substantially larger on the new cover than the old and would not fit if the other tabs had lined up. I'll be calling my dealer tomorrow to ask about this.

HOWEVER, the stock side cover does work and does not interfere with the handle or rope.
 

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Nice job man, It always made me wonder why people said you cant pull or kick start a FI quad of bike, when i saw arctic cat sells the kit. now i have prove it works :)
 

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Nice job man, It always made me wonder why people said you cant pull or kick start a FI quad of bike, when i saw arctic cat sells the kit. now i have prove it works :)
Thanks! If the machine has been run in the last few days, it starts on first or second pull. If it has been sitting for a while, it takes a little longer. When you pull the string, you can here the fi stuff turn on just like it does when you turn the key on.
 

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Nice over on kawiriders most of them think can't pull start or kick start a fuel injection bike or quad so i gave them a link to this thread :). And another guy over there had a dirtbike with FI and no battery even lol.
 
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