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PULL STARTER, TIP #1:

Whether you have a brand new or recently purchased used Honda this will help prolong your quads engine life. It does this by helping keep dirt, water, and mud out of the pull starter case. When dirt and water are allowed to enter through the top of the pull starter handle hole, over time it wears the seal between the pull starter and engine and can cause engine problems.

To prevent this possible engine damage follow the directions provided below.

First if your quad is NEW then all you need to do is to pull out the starter handle a ways and use BLACK SILICONE to fill under the pull starter Handle enough that when you gently release it back in from the spring tension that it seals the hole with some excessive silicone.
Now allow to dry and your done. It?s now sealed from water, dirt and other debris, however the pull starter is still able to be used in an emergency.

If you have a used quad you will need to pull your pull starter out and examine it. If there are obvious signs of mud and dirt on the pull starter rope you will need to take off the pull starter casing to clean it. This can be done by taking off the pull starter case (3 bolts) and then proceed to do the following preventive measures. Clean with running water to remove dirt from rope and also all mud from around the springs and edges of the pull starter case. Then allow the string to dry and heavily lubricate the metal moving parts / springs.

This is also a good time to to make the tension on the pull starter handle tighter. Simply undo your handle from the pull starter rope while holding onto the pull starter case. Once the handles off and all you have is string slide it through the case hole and increase the tension on the spring by "one" or "two" turns. This will increase the pull starter spring tension enough to help keep the handle tighter once installed again and yet is still loose enough its still functional.
Once you've increased tension by one or two turns run the pull starter rope back through hole in case and attach to pull starter handle.
Now decide if you want to use silicone around the edges of the pull starter case or not. Either way is fine, just make sure the pull starter case is clean and the area where the case meets the back of the engine is clean for a good snug fit.

Once this is done refer back to step one where you pull the pull starter out and add a bit of silicone to the pull starter handle. Allow to dry and your good to go.

Once this mod is done, periodically check your handle and make sure your handle is still sealed and if you have to use it, clean the old silicone off as good as possible before resealing


 

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Hormell's Xtreme ATV in Broussard, LA has the perfect fix for this problem. There is an aluminum block off plate that they had made which replaces the pull rope. It comes with the plate, gasket, spacer and mounting hardware. If interested call the boys at Hormell's 337-839-9002
 

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they have those for the brutes too. come in plexiglass and billet steel.
 

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Makes it hard to pull if you do kill the battery in the woods. Been there
 
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