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Bump starting an Ultramaticby hondabuster, 2005-08-06
For some reason, the pull starter on the Kodiak can be a real bear, to pull. So what happens if youre out on the trail , and the battery is too run down to start the motor? Well you can try the rope pull, and if it doesnt start in a couple of pulls, youre gonna want to do something else.
I wasnt sure it would bump start til i tried it on mine. Because the belt is always tight on the pulleys of the tranny, and because the primary pulley is coupled to the crank by a sprag clutch ( this is the device, which gives the quad engine braking), turning the back tires , will turn the motor.
Next time you're out with another quad, give it a try.
Hook up the tow strap, put the yami in high, turn the key to on, and have the other quad, start pulling. You only need to go about 7mph, and itll fire right up.
If youre on low traction surfaces, use 4x4, other wise the rear tire may just slide along, rather than roll.
You can also, try it coming down a hill. Flick the kill switch to off, and youll notice the engine braking still works, even though the motor is off. After a couple of seconds, flick the kill switch back on...and its running.
All ultramatics will bump start and knowing this may come in handy some day.
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