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flooding xlt

Postby sledster » October 26th, 2003, 4:23 am

i have a 97 xlt my first year with this sled it started very hard at cold starting, i took it into the dealer they change the carb needles. it started better that year but know after riding and stopping for awhile it takes a act of god to restart. help please.
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Postby 02600XCSP » October 26th, 2003, 5:35 am

Don't have any help for you...but my brother has a 98 xlt and that thing is always a b!tch to start!
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Postby nsty93gt » October 26th, 2003, 5:43 am

Isn't that typical for the xlt?I've know of a few others with the same problem .
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Postby Jims Racin » October 26th, 2003, 6:24 am

I have a 96 XLT just like pull starting a tank
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Postby 2000zl » October 26th, 2003, 6:31 am

Hi Sledster,

I was reading the SNOWTECH mag and in there was a person with a 96 XLT describing the same problem. The solution given to him was that it was caused by a "sticky needle and seat in one of the carb float bowls".

Hope this helps.
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Postby Shockman » October 26th, 2003, 7:33 am

Replace the inlet valves on all three carbs.
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Postby catdaddy » October 26th, 2003, 10:32 am

NEW needles and seats should clear the problem. Make sure the carbs are clean internally. Had the same problem last year with a 97' and this fixed it. Does it flood easily or just real hard to start? Are the plugs real wet? If yes, than this is more than likely the issue.
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Postby Loudhandle » October 26th, 2003, 10:59 am

trade it in for a ZRT800 with tripple D&D pipes and silcencer then you'll rip down the lake.
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Postby yamaha1man » October 26th, 2003, 5:14 pm

Sledster, This is your first year with the XLT.? Do yourself a favor and make it your last. The starting problem is the tip of the iceberg starting to show thru. Bigger problems to come.Get over to the Yamaha,Cat or Doo now while you're warm in your home instead of stuck 2 clicks from hell on the XLT.
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Postby gerard143 » October 26th, 2003, 5:51 pm

he is right about that... make it ur last season on it... it will most likely become a money pit.

i didnt believe it myself till last year i bought an rxl and my buddy bought an xlt.

we spent more money and time rebuilding them damn things then one would imagine.

even after switching the entire motor in the XLT and carbs that bastard still ran all messed up... it was never right ever.

the rxl was twice the sled. but that damn efi system caused it to blow up 3 times. should swapped to carbs.

the monoblock motor in the xlt/xcr sleds blows to be blunt... what a shitty triple that was.
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