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Old 09-14-2006, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2004 Polaris add electric starter

Ok, take it easy on the new guy. I just bought 3, (yeah, I know, 3) Polaris 2004 RMKs just flown down off the glaciers in Alyeska. I would like to bolt on starters, and the ignition switch has a position for start, Polaris was offering starters as an accessory, and I see starters on eBay. Now, has anyone added an electric starter to their sled (from a kit or parts?) Obviously need a battery and solenoid, but the rest of the harness is probably just dangling inside the cowling somewheres, huh? Anyone see aftermarket starter kits for sale? Any help?
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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pure polaris sells elec starts

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Old 09-14-2006, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Indy500

I'm checking them out now....
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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here they are:

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they seem expensive...so id still check ebay. one other thing to watch out for...pure polaris does not keep their website updated regularily. i wanted to order a water temp guage and i had the biggest run around ever. try calling them to check the availability of the part for your seld before you order. just my .02
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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you'll have to change out the clutch also. Its a lot of work and a lot of extra weight, I'm actually taking the kit off of my switchback just because the battery and starter is a lot of weight to be right up in the front. So if you're gonna be riding deep snow, its less of a workout to pull-start rather than getting a heavier sled unstuck. But that's just my personal opinion.
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yup, the clutch needs a ring gear on it. Most wiring harnesses nowadays have been pre wired though.
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Smile Ouch... That hurt$$

Yeah, they are expensive, and that makes the weight less easy to live with, too. Also, the 700 Liberty has a compression relief for starting and pulls over easy. Maybe I'll just look for one kit for Mama. When Mama is happy, I'm happy.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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if my dad doesn't take my kit maybe we can work somethin out. Are you in anchorage?
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Cool!

Josh,
I'm in Wasilla, but would drive into Los Anchorage for a good deal. Can you pull the ring gear off the clutch or maybe trade me clutches?
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure the ring gear doesn't come off. But like I said my dad might want it if he decides to keep his sled so I'm not gonna do much with it just yet. And I'm over in Palmer so you wouldn't have to drive far
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Old 09-15-2006, 09:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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No problem...

I set my dad up with an Arctic Cat Lync Dlx a couple of years ago. He absolutely loves the elec start and reverse. He broke the steering on it, so I need to run down to Kasilof, pick it up, bring it back up here to replace the steering column for him. He can't pull on a rope any more but still loves to screw around in the snow. BUT... if you're dad won't take it, I am happy to buy it from you. South Shore Marina Polaris wants $500 for the kit. Thanks again,
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Cool to see another alaska rider in the forums. My dad and i both have electric starts. Not because were to lazy to pull them, but its nice to wake up and just turn a key. So what if it ads an extra 10 lbs. With all the things we carry thats nothing. We both also have reverse. I know that in deep powder you think there usless right? Well maybe on flat ground but i saw my dad try a slope about 60 degrese steep and 20 feet long. Needless to say he didnt make it or have the balls to turn around on a slope that steep. He pushed the button and walked the sled in reverse all the way down the hill. I think however much he payed for the reverse payed it self off right there. We instaled his slectric start in about 2 hours if i rember right. The hardest part is pulling the primary clutch off.
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