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post #1 of 45 Old 10-02-2019, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Engine block/oil heater

Does anyone have any experience with installing or uses a block heater/oil warmer on their rig? If so any brands/suggestions would be appreciated! I have to have mine parked outside in a unheated shed for the winter and I use it for snow plowing weekly. Temps at night are typically -15 to -30 for most of the winter. I figured it would help with firing it up and wear and tear on it with such cold starts. I know they don't have a plug knock out to put one in like a truck, but I figured someone in the forum has used something. Thanks!
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post #2 of 45 Old 10-02-2019, 12:44 AM
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I would seriously consider synthetic oil in your situation. Also, there are plug in heating pads that stick to the oil pan.
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I would seriously consider synthetic oil in your situation. Also, there are plug in heating pads that stick to the oil pan.

Heater pad on the oil pan would be a great idea.

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They make a circulating heater that installs in your rad hose
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Amsoil makes a synthetic ATV oil that is 0W-40 that would be great in your application.
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post #6 of 45 Old 10-03-2019, 12:24 AM
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Laval, have you got any more info on that Circulating heater? What I have have done on those cold nights is put an electric heater in front of my Kodiak and put a tarp over the entire thing. In two hours it does warm up, even below 0. I do this just to ease the stress on the engine. This is a good question and I will be watching for good options.
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post #7 of 45 Old 10-03-2019, 10:43 AM
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I will check with my dealer and get back. I know they are available as one of my customers was showing me the one he has on his polaris. Availability may be greater in Canada due to our winter temps.
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post #8 of 45 Old 10-03-2019, 11:08 AM
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Just checked Amazon for lower rad hose heaters which is what I was talking about earlier. Available for 1”,1.5”,1.75” hoses. Priced under $50.
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post #9 of 45 Old 10-03-2019, 05:07 PM
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Stopped at my dealer and asked about heaters. The in line hose heaters are what they install and they claim they work well. $59 at the dealer.
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post #10 of 45 Old 10-03-2019, 06:45 PM
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If you do install a heater get a timer that is rated to handle the wattage of the heater. And then have it come on a hour or so before you are going to use the bike, or just hook it up for a hour or so befor you go and start it. If not and you just leave it plugged in your power bill will show it


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