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Cold blooded Sportsman 600

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by UTAH, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. UTAH

    UTAH Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 32

    I don't have heat where I store my 600 that I use for plowing. When I start it up it takes a really long time to warm up! Any tips or ideas? How long should it normally take to warm up?
  2. 06Sierra

    06Sierra PlowSite.com Addict
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,329

    I can't talk for Polaris, I have a Honda. But I run synthetic oil in mine. I usually let it warm up for a few minutes and take off. As long as the oil is warm enough for the tranny to shift right I'm good to go.
  3. jryden145

    jryden145 Member
    Messages: 86

    You can run the atv with the choke on part way (have to be careful because the crankcase will fill with gas after while if you make it a habbit) or start it up and let it idle for 10-15 min. The carburator can be adjusted but it is kinda involved. (fixed settings from the factory, to meet epa standards)
  4. WayneSnow

    WayneSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    make sure you let it idle a while messed up my quad by not letting it once
  5. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    well I will have to say most of the polaris I hae been on they are cold blooded I am not sure why. My buddy took his to a polaris dealer and they fixed the problem for him. I guess they jetted the carb and it helped.
  6. wls

    wls Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I have a 04 600, I believe it had a recall to somewhat fix the problem. But mine is still cold blooded after having it done, not as bad though.
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    Do you have A/C power in the storage? If so, look for a small block heater. They make them so it doesn't have to be "in" coolant or oil. They actually work very good. I'll save you the trouble of trying to find them. Have a look. :)

  8. UTAH

    UTAH Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 32

    That looks like it would work well, might be worth running power out there. I couldn't find any place on their website to order them or anything about pricing. What wattage would be the minimum?
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,253

    I have a 500 that is the same way.

    And the idle is too low, won't ever stay running. Need to bring it back in and get it fixed, rather annoying.
  10. bh115577

    bh115577 Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I used to do some work for a Yamaha shop. The grizzlies were very cold blooded and we would replace the main jet with the next size up. Cured both the cold start and the idle issues.
  11. apik1

    apik1 Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    My 03 sportsman 500 is like that also, I just let it warm up for about 5 min, it seems like a long time when your freezing you a** off but it needs to warm up.
  12. UTAH

    UTAH Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 32

    So, any thoughts on whether a 60 or 75 watt heated battery pad would work? Or should I go with 100 watts or better?
  13. 06Sierra

    06Sierra PlowSite.com Addict
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,329

    If you are going to run power, look into getting a bettery tender jr. It has one set of ends that mount to the battery post with a plug on the other end. You can run that somewhere easy to get to. It keeps the battery fully charged with out over charging it.
  14. wls

    wls Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    They also have a heater, that hooks into your rad hose
  15. wls

    wls Senior Member
    Messages: 319

  16. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I bought 2 new 600's when they first came out. I loved them but they were COLD BLOODED. I mad adjustments to the carb and some tweaks to the air box, never really helped.
  17. UTAH

    UTAH Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 32

    Hey, that's cool. I bet that would probably work even better.
  18. UTAH

    UTAH Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 32

    So I think a glue on 25 watt pad heater is what would work best. Does anyone have any input on whether that would be enough to keep it warm?
  19. kelly67

    kelly67 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    there is a service bulletin on this problem. polaris dealer wouldn't touch a friends machine till he brought in a copy of the bulletin. they still didnt wont to change jets put did.
    basically thats what they do is change the jets in the machine.
  20. m297

    m297 Member
    Messages: 94

    I have 2 800EFI Sportsman, they are used in northern michigan and they start without a problem even at -10. Must be the fuel injection....2006 and 2005.