I have been trying to find the post about the pull start and what everyone was using to seal it up, but I cant find it I remember truegrit saying something about RTR or something like that any help would be appreciated
If you get a leak sheild tear off the factory gasket and use RTV to seal it...Using the factory gasket on the leaksheild will lead to failure...
.Travis isn't that where all the water is getting into the motor????
I have been reading a lot of post from different forums some say its ok to seal up the pull starter and some say not. the main concern I am seeing is that you can't see if water is getting in if you don't have the leak shield, but if after you ride if you pull the starter out a little and you hear it grinding or if the cord is wet that should tell you if water and mud is still getting in there right.
I threw away the factory foam type gasket awaw that came in the HL kit.I work in an auto shop so I used Permatex Ultra-Black to seal the shield,it's a h.d high temp rtv sealant.We use it all day long at the shop on cars and trucks.Alot of the newer cars and trucks use rtv instead of oil pan gaskets,valve covers,trans pans and thermostat's.This type of rtv does not blow out or leak,the key is to use a 1/4 inch silicone bead as the sealant and assemble fast and let it dry for a couple hours before adding fluids.My 04 foreman 450 with only 10 hours had alot of water signs inside the factory pullstart unit.The kit work good to eliminate water entering the lower end of the engine.Hope I could help,good luck!!!!!!!
When I did mine,it never had water in the leakshield unit.But occasionally you'd see moisture or sweating on the clear lens part.I always thought it was from the humidity or condensation from the heat of the engine and going through alot of water.It never had a puddle inside though,Black rtv on cover and coat the bolts lightly and don't overtighten is the key.Good Luck...
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