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Winterizing a Predator 212cc

Ideas for winterizing this engines.

Today I was reassembling the carburetor on my HS724 and I figured I will take a few pictures on the shrouding arround the throttle and governor spring linkage to give an idea of what to do on the Predator engine.
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Ideas for winterizing this engines.

Today I was reassembling the carburetor on my HS724 and I figured I will take a few pictures on the shrouding arround the throttle and governor spring linkage to give an idea of what to do on the Predator engine.
Check with GustoGuy a member here who a few of those engines.

Snow Removal Apparatus I own:
Ariens ST1530DLE, and good ole arm powered scrapper.
The 15 HP is a new Ducar engine sold
by Princess Auto in Canada.
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Richer jetting since cold air is denser and that leans out the mixture. I also fashioned a shroud out of a piece of Aluminum metal that I put around the edge of the gasoline tank on the front of the engine to prevent the govener linkages from icing up. I have 2 engines on snow blowers and they work great. I never had any icing occur in the 2 years I used my repowered blowers. Some people fashion an heater box out of sheet metal that is warmed by the muffler to prevent carburetor icing and take the air filter out as well. I just left the air filter in the engine. I figure you don't take your car's air filter out in the winter and I never had the small flat foam air filter in the 2 Predator engines ice up on me so it has never been a problem either. Good Idea posting your pictures since you have a Honda snow blower to look at what Honda did to prevent icing. It will be directly applicable to the Predator 212cc since it is built just like the Honda engine. I may fashion a small metal sheild to divert warm air off the engine to warm the carburetor a bit but I haven't had any icing problems in the 2 years I used my repowered snowblower without the carburetor heater box.

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I finished my impeller kit today, then started looking at what I need to shroud on this engine. I'm going to roll the dice and hope it fine, no problem last yr. I started a thread, I did nothing to my predator. Thanks so much for pics, always been curious how Honda did it.
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Ideas for winterizing this engines.

Today I was reassembling the carburetor on my HS724 and I figured I will take a few pictures on the shrouding arround the throttle and governor spring linkage to give an idea of what to do on the Predator engine.
Thanks hsbfan. That does give me some inspiration on how to fabricate something for a clone without this.
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I'm glad this will help.

As per rejeting, I left it alone on one engine last year and had no issues at all (except the linkage iced up once, so I built some shrouding to cover the linkage and under the front and side of fuel tank).
If I remember correctly it had a .72 jet, how much much of an increase does the jet gets?.
On another engine I installed a .88 or a .90 jet, the exhaust was getting red hot and you could see the engine spitting fire when using it in the dark (my thought was "it must be way too rich"). That engine is still sitting in my garage (I believe it is a HEMI), I may repower something with it down the road.
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I also "re-clocked" my recoil so I pull it straight up from the operators position. I was looking at it thinking it would suck if that got iced up, couldn't start it then. Contemplating a shroud over the top of that, I see on your Honda, it's completely covered except the bottom..hmmm. I'll probably do nothing, then curse a lot when icant restart it during the blizzard of 2016
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I wonder if those Honda parts that make that cover up would fit a Predator? Anybody tried?

http://www.boats.net/parts/search/Ho...NER/parts.html

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I wonder if those Honda parts that make that cover up would fit a Predator? Anybody tried?
The air cleaner housings are different on the Predator and the Honda engines, it may work if the entire Honda air cleaner assembly is installed on the Predator.
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