Because of my ultra-aggressive starting techniques, I broke the recoil rope on my Indy 400. Now I can't get the spring wound up and reinstalled. I'm so frustrated I'm going to use one of those hateful smiley things! Someone please give me a few pointers so I can get this thing put back together and put away for the summer.
get a knot on one end of the rope, and burn the other end and shape it while its hot to a point. the rope should be a couple feet extra in length. trim after you have it installed on the sled.
put the recoil in a vise or clamp it to the table
set the pulley with the spring into the recoil housing without it wound up. there is a tab in the pulley and in the housing. make sure its in place. if you want you can put the nut, wieght and plate on if you like.
then rotate the pulley while holding down on it at the same time. spin it the same direction as if you were pulling out the rope.
spin it 5,6,8 times around until it starts getting stiff, some more and less. then hold the pulley from unwinding with one hand, take the other hand and feed the rope through the hole in the pulley.
once its through then use an orign pick ro small needle nose to direct it to the hole in the houseing, then pull it through and let it wind back up. it should wind up very easy and until the rope actually binds to the housing, then install it on the sled and go.
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Thanks Madcow. I'll try your technique. It seems like it might be easier said than done to get the recoil spring into the housing without having it wound up, but I'll give it a try. It'll have to be later this evening though, Gerbil and I are getting our unemployed asses off the couch and going fishing right now.
That's how I figured out how to do it as well, still a pain in the ass when it's sub-zero and shit breaks just before a ride. Put in the best cord you can afford when you do redo it. Saved me having to repeat again during season.
I think I'm going to setup spare since I'll have an extra assembly that'll fit my UBR motor, I figure it'll be a cord eater.
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Heres another pointer, place a 2x4 or something on top of the spring. This will prevent it from twisting upwards while you are winding it. Those springs can be real bastards, you get them almost completely wound up, then they take off and spiral out of control
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first go buy a 12 pack of your favorite beer,drink as many as you can , and order one though dennis kirk or als snowmobile,you can buy them with the plate built in to it so they dont unload on you,or just drink the beer get the middle hook in place ,put the hole thing on a flat surfaceand just wind it so theres no space between each rap,and good luck i had to do mine last winter.
Well, 5 months later, I finally did this. Last night I got it put together after hours of frustration, but I couldn't put the rope in after it was put together. Today I took it apart again and put it back together with the rope already wound onto the spool. What a giant pain in the ass! There is no good way to do this! I couldn't figure out how to make the Madcow method work, so I went with the ACM method. Time after time I wound up that spring, but I could never get the tab into the slot in the spool without having the spring fly out of the recoil housing. I figured after about 10 or 20 tries I'd discover what I was doing wrong and I'd find a simple solution. Never happened! I won't let that thing come apart again when I need to change the rope. Too bad I can't really figure out how to change the rope without taking it apart. At least I got the 400 fired up and I got to smell some 2-stroke cold smoke. She purred like a kitten!
If you use the wind the spool and the attach the rope method, I have found that if you have a short piece of fish line that you an attach to the end of the rope (after you have fed it through the spool and guide), it makes it easier to get the rope in place. Then just tie it off and release the spool.
What I do is put the rewind all together without tension on the spring with the rope installed. Now I am not sure if all rewinds are like this but look for a small notch on the outer rim of the rewind where the rope is and you can pull some slack of the rope towards the inside of the rewind and then just crank the rewind until you have the proper tension, hold the rewind while pulling the slack back to the outside and bingo. All done. My Indy 500 lc just broke and it does have this notch in it. Makes rewinding the tension much easier.