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I am about to start duck hunting the Rice fields pretty hard (lots of deep water) and I want to protect my four-wheeler from getting water in the Recoil starter. What are the instructions for sealing up the recoil starter without removing the pull starter completely. My buddy just paid $1,500 to Honda to have his rancher engine rebuilt. Any directions would help. Also where are the two carb vent hoses exactly located?
 

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On the recoil starter there is a total of 2 holes.

-When you pull the rope out a lil bit there is a hole for the rope. Pull the rope out a little but, put some silicone on it and let it go.

-The other hole is the weap hole which is located underneath the recoil starter and lets water drain back out. You will have to feel it with your finger. When you find it, put a glob of silicone on it as well.

- If your feeling spunky I would go ahead and run a small bead around the whole recoil starter.



The carb vent hoses are located on top of the carb. There should be two hoses that come off the carb within a couple inches of each other. They are the only ones that do not go to something on the carb other than the overflow tube which comes directly off the bottom of the carb (put a golf tee in it when riding in deep water.)
 

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I would put some silicone in the handle as well, where the knot is. So water can not get through there too.
 

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Is the RTV sealant the best to use for around the recoil starter? Also, is the HighLifter Kit worth it?
 

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No the highlifter kit isnt worth it, AT ALL!!!

And yes, go get you some RTV clear silicone and clean the surfaces as best you can and put some goober on there.
 

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No the highlifter kit isnt worth it, AT ALL!!!

And yes, go get you some RTV clear silicone and clean the surfaces as best you can and put some goober on there.

Make sure it is clean, use brake cleaner to remove any grease so the silicone will stick. I used Peremtex High Temp black.
 

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No the highlifter kit isnt worth it, AT ALL!!!

And yes, go get you some RTV clear silicone and clean the surfaces as best you can and put some goober on there.
true dat..,.you can make one for like $10...it is easy as ****.
 

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I looked at the HL kit, and it does seem pricey for what it is, but did seem like a fool proof way to get things sealed up there. I would rather spend the $$ to do that if I prevent a premature rebuild.
What all is included in the kit? Does it leak? Why doesn't anyone like it? Curious.............
 

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Most people don't like it because it still seems to get water and mud in there, thats a lot of money for something that isn't foolproof. Personally I wouldn't want to be without my pull starter, if my battery died 20 miles from the nearest road it would make for a long day. I put a liquid rubber sealant on mine and she's good to go!!
 

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Ask to see pics of someones leaksheild after a ride in water. I garantee you it looks like a fish aquarium. They ontl good thing is you can see when (not if) it leaks and you'll know when you have to pull it off, drain the water and reseal it. Not to mention how many have cracked around the bolt holes.
 
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