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Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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I am heading up to Mille Lacs on Friday night and it looks like it's going to be epically cold, we are planning on getting up around 5:30am but want to make sure the ATV will start and go.
I planned on taking the battery out and keeping it inside the castle but it is a major hassle getting it connected again, especially when its cold.

I am thinking about using some hand warmers and stuffing them around the battery and keeping a charger hooked up to it.

any ideas and or tips on how other people deal with extreme cold making sure their wheeler will start?

Posted on: 2016/12/13 9:14
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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Maybe synthetic oil in the crankcase or some type of magnetic block heater. If the oil is warm it will crank over a lot easier. Just one thought.

Posted on: 2016/12/13 9:33
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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i've used an electric blanket with some success.

Posted on: 2016/12/13 10:22
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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Depending on how difficult it is to remove/replace the battery, I'd definitely make sure to have a plan B. Anything requiring dexterity sure sucks when it's 15-20 below! Maybe run a trickle charger off the genny?

Posted on: 2016/12/13 10:28
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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I used to use a car size battery. Actually a battery from a boat that was now in winter storage.

I had to add tangs to the atv battery so I could attach atv jumper cables easily in the cold.

Then I strapped the battery in a boat battery box to the rear rack of the atv.

I contemplated just wiring the battery to the atv but it was that many times a winter I drove it when it was that cold.

The pic is what I added to the battery so I could easily use jumper cables. Just enough to have something to grab on to.

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Posted on: 2016/12/13 10:40
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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Quote:

orandausa wrote:
I used to use a car size battery. Actually a battery from a boat that was now in winter storage.

I had to add tangs to the atv battery so I could attach atv jumper cables easily in the cold.

Then I strapped the battery in a boat battery box to the rear rack of the atv.

I contemplated just wiring the battery to the atv but it was that many times a winter I drove it when it was that cold.

The pic is what I added to the battery so I could easily use jumper cables. Just enough to have something to grab on to.


I like this idea also. I have a battery jump pack that a person could leave warm in the ice house. Run it out to the wheeler and hook it up when it's time to start it.

Posted on: 2016/12/13 11:49
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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Throw your portable over it and run the buddy heater for a half hour before starting it.

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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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Throw your portable over it and run the buddy heater for a half hour before starting it.


That's another thought. I have an old Clam x2 canvas I was going to cover it with and I could just throw my heater under it for 30 mins while we get ready.
I think ill leave a charger on it all night then set the heater up and hopefully it will be good.

Posted on: 2016/12/13 12:08
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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I was just going to post about this...heading up to Red this weekend and wasn't sure how the ATV would handle that.

Posted on: 2016/12/13 12:24
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Re: Ideas for Making Sure the ATV Starts this weekend?
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I know a lot of newer ones don't have one but my Honda starts so easily with the kick starter that I never worry about the battery.

Posted on: 2016/12/13 12:24
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