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New to ATV's and just got my 2021 XTP Max 1000. I do not have power in my garage, nor is it heated. I live in Maine where we have had many days below freezing already. What I do now is to go out to the garage every 4 days and let the machine idle for a bit to keep the battery charged and to just let it run. A few of these start-up cycles have been during temps of around 30*F and the machine starts, run for a few seconds then dies out. I then re-fire the machine back up and she runs up to temp. Now, I am assuming that is normal because Ive owned motorcycles in the past and cold starts are just a thing. My question is, do they make atv batteries for cold weather like they do for other vehicles such as my plow truck? And is there anything else I can do to combat cold starts considering I will be using this atv to plow during our cold winters.

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New to ATV's and just got my 2021 XTP Max 1000. I do not have power in my garage, nor is it heated. I live in Maine where we have had many days below freezing already. What I do now is to go out to the garage every 4 days and let the machine idle for a bit to keep the battery charged and to just let it run. A few of these start-up cycles have been during temps of around 30*F and the machine starts, run for a few seconds then dies out. I then re-fire the machine back up and she runs up to temp. Now, I am assuming that is normal because Ive owned motorcycles in the past and cold starts are just a thing. My question is, do they make atv batteries for cold weather like they do for other vehicles such as my plow truck? And is there anything else I can do to combat cold starts considering I will be using this atv to plow during our cold winters.

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IMHO the little starts is not ideal for plugs, oil sludge etc.
My previous 2016 would start at -27C no problem. Personnaly if you can, I would find a way to install a solar charger that they sell for cars to tickle 馃槣 the battery especially if you don't use it for long periods. Make a quick connector on the battery because if I remember, the "cigarette" plug as power only when ignition is ON.
Again this is what I would do if no power was available in my garage.

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As far as specialized batteries for extreme cold I have never seen any. As we northerners already know even good lead-acid battery will loose 'power' as it gets colder. It is important to have a large enough battery so that it can still deliver the cranking amps to start a frozen motor. Besides having a good powerful battery it must be kept fully charged so the acid does not freeze to a solid. Once it freezes its toast!
My suggestion for those extreme cold nights in Maine would be to fix up a way to easily remove the battery from the quad and keep it somewhere warm until you need it.

If Freewill can do it so can you but I wonder if Freewill has two batteries in parallel on his machine.

It might be a good idea to keep the gas tank full too to help prevent condensation in the tank.

If you can do it safely, a propane heater might be a way of warming the garage and machine prior to starting
 

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I agree with the solar panel idea. I don't use my truck a lot sometimes and use one to keep the battery charged. And I don't believe in starting anything unless I am going to use it, especially in the cold. Every cold start creates a little wear on something. But that is my take on it.
 

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As above those short starts are bad as they foul up the plugs, introduce moisture into the oil since the machine is not getting hot enough to burn of condensation. Get a solar charger or run a extension cord from the house and hook up a battery maintainer... On cold days when you go riding let it get warmed up before you ride it... I rid in -20 to -30 and never have a issue i ran a extension cord from my house to the shed for my battery maintainer
 

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As far as specialized batteries for extreme cold I have never seen any. As we northerners already know even good lead-acid battery will loose 'power' as it gets colder. It is important to have a large enough battery so that it can still deliver the cranking amps to start a frozen motor. Besides having a good powerful battery it must be kept fully charged so the acid does not freeze to a solid. Once it freezes its toast!
My suggestion for those extreme cold nights in Maine would be to fix up a way to easily remove the battery from the quad and keep it somewhere warm until you need it.

If Freewill can do it so can you but I wonder if Freewill has two batteries in parallel on his machine.

It might be a good idea to keep the gas tank full too to help prevent condensation in the tank.

If you can do it safely, a propane heater might be a way of warming the garage and machine prior to starting
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