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I bought a 02 450 this summer and it started great every time now it is getting cold out and it will not start worth a crap. I had the carb cleaned replaced the plug did every thing I can think of but could use a little help
by the way when I say cold it is from 30 to -12 degrees
 

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Did you try using the primer bulb on the side of the carb? I don't have much experience in cold weather riding since 30 deg would be just about our bottom. You may want to try a thinner oil as well.
 

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yes I use the primmer it seems to help tonight it is -4 and i finally got it started by primming and cranking the engine but it seems like it should start better than this. I have a 98 300 and it starts great all the time. we use them every day on the ranch and it would be nice to know it is going to start.
 

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when its that cold, you really should just be inside, thats to cold for humans to function, much less the 4wheeler.
 

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yes it is cold but their are no alligators after me and lots of snow that needs a track put in it. So their isnt a problem that you know of. I thought a hotter plug might help but Im just guessing.
 

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when its that cold, you really should just be inside, thats to cold for humans to function, much less the 4wheeler.
My thoughts exactly. I thought i would die at work last night & this
morning. It got down to 35 or something like that.
 

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Jimmy,

For what its worth, my "04" Foreman doesn't start nearly as well in the cold weather as my old "91" 300 either. The Foreman needs the primer pumped at least 3 times and the choke on full before it will even fire. The 300 never needed full choke, popped off imediately, and seldom needed any choke at all as soon as it started. I've even had to use the rip-cord on the Foreman to get it started twice this winter already.

And for all you southern gurly-men, -4 is not cold.

Cold is when your propane quits vaporaizing so you can't use it to heat your house. Cold is when the ignition switch in your pickup freezes in the "start" position and needs to be manually returned to the "run" position. Cold is when you have to drive at least 15 miles on the highway before your tires return to round, and 25 miles before your seats don't feel like your sitting on a concrete block.

The top temperature displayed on the thermometer in the picture below is approaching where "cold" starts.

 

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Our used bikes go outdoors every morning and come in the shop every night (Monday thru Saturday) ..When it's cold we just prime them without even trying the choke first (3-4 primes pull the choke they start) .. We get off brand trades all the time .. It's not uncommon to have 10-15 Kawa ,Yamaha, Popos, Bombardier, etc ..

Believe it or not approx. 90% of the Hondas drive in when it's -30 and 90% of the others have to be towed in ..
 

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Jimmy,

For what its worth, my "04" Foreman doesn't start nearly as well in the cold weather as my old "91" 300 either. The Foreman needs the primer pumped at least 3 times and the choke on full before it will even fire. The 300 never needed full choke, popped off imediately, and seldom needed any choke at all as soon as it started. I've even had to use the rip-cord on the Foreman to get it started twice this winter already.

And for all you southern gurly-men, -4 is not cold.

Cold is when your propane quits vaporaizing so you can't use it to heat your house. Cold is when the ignition switch in your pickup freezes in the "start" position and needs to be manually returned to the "run" position. Cold is when you have to drive at least 15 miles on the highway before your tires return to round, and 25 miles before your seats don't feel like your sitting on a concrete block.

The top temperature displayed on the thermometer in the picture below is approaching where "cold" starts.

I didnt realize we were in the middle of another ice age...i am going to buy a jacket just in case

I got one word for ya...MOVE! j/k
 

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I got one word for ya...MOVE! j/k
You have it all wrong, I'm not complaining. I love it here and I love the northern Minnesota winter weather! Besides, it keeps out the riff-raff

Heck, my sled starts running real good when it hits zero degrees.

You haven't lived until you've experienced the arm wrenching acceleration of a snowmobile. Even bone stock they go from zero to holy-schmidt in the blink of an eye. Yeeeeeeeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!




 
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