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Old 12-13-2010, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a 2011 Honda Rubicon TRX500FPA last week and it takes forever to warm up to where it will not stall out when I turn the choke off. I am almost done plowing my drive by the time it warms up and I hate running it with the choke on for so long.

Is this normal and what can I do to get it to warm up faster? It is kept in the garage (around 45-50 degrees) and it has been 20-30's outside this week.

It also will stall out occasionally when I use the winch raising the plow until it warms up enough to turn off the choke completely.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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to the forum.... Mine takes as much as 30 minutes to warm up enough when it's cold out.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They are cold blooded but are very cold blooded when new and not broke in. It will get better, my old one I would just let warm up 5-10 minutes sitting outside in negative temps and would be fine.
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They are cold blooded but are very cold blooded when new and not broke in. It will get better, my old one I would just let warm up 5-10 minutes sitting outside in negative temps and would be fine.
I started it up this morning and let it run in the garage with the door open as I was getting ready. I came back out about 5 min. later and it had stalled with full choke on.

It is just really annoying to be re-starting it so many times.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 2009 and in winter it starts hard but I have found a method that works for me, I start it with the choke pulled almost all the way out, not quite all the way, while starting i hit the throttle and it will start and idle i wait maybe 30 seconds to make sure it doesnt stall and then leave it alone for 10 mins then when i come back i dont try to slowly push the choke cable in because mine will stall, i push the cable in fast and all the way and it will idle down for a second then idle back up and be GTG, could be partial to my machine but it works for me.
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All brand new Hondas are cold blooded! But once broke in they will last forever!
My 2004 Rubicon has 9000 miles and is still cold blooded, as I have to let it run 10 -15 minutes before I can take the choke off and I live in Northern Illinois where it has been plenty cold lately!<_<
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I must have the oddball. I pull the choke all the way out, hit the start button and it fires right up, I push the choke about half way in, let it run for a few minutes, as I raise the rpms with the throttle I push the choke all the way in, let it come to an idle, put it in gear and away I go.

It's carbureted and not fuel injected so it's not perfect but it's danm close.
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No problems with my 06 rubi cold starting either.... Pull full choke + press start, same as rubiranch. I think you might have other issues with needing choke so long but it might just need to break in more as others have said..
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I just bought a 2011 TRX500FPA as well and I'm not having the choke issue. Full choke...let it idle about 5 minutes and its ready to go. Now granted where I live it gets darn cold and I don't keep it outside. I keep it in the shed where it's about 35-40 degrees. However, when riding in really cold weather it has sat for a few hours and gotten cold but I have had no issues starting and running.
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I must have the oddball. I pull the choke all the way out, hit the start button and it fires right up, I push the choke about half way in, let it run for a few minutes, as I raise the rpms with the throttle I push the choke all the way in, let it come to an idle, put it in gear and away I go.

It's carbureted and not fuel injected so it's not perfect but it's danm close.
same here,pull chock,fires right up.
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