Wow, its been a year since I wrote my install a primer article. In that time I've enjoyed the plunger primer on my Panther alot, but today I want to talk about another type of primer, the squeezebulb primer.
If you've ever spent any amount
of time around motorboats you might have seen a squeeze bulb primer before.
They're commonly used to get that first shot of gas from the gas tank
to an outboard motor. They're important because gas lines on boats are
often a couple feet long. On most modern snowmobiles the gas tank is only
a foot away from the motor so the gas lines are short and the gas flows
by gravity feed to the gas pump.
Worse is my '71 Arctic Cat
Panther which has the gas tank behind the seat so the gas has to travel
nearly 4 feet! Sure the fuel pump can pull the fuel that distance but
to do it I have to keep pulling that cord and cranking the engine over.
Much easier to put a squeezebulb primer in line. I give the primer a couple
good squeezes, my 12/3 has a fuel return line so I can watch gas returning
to the tank. Then pull the cord and off we go.
Disadvantages of the squeezebulb
Overall I suggest the squeezebulb primer if you're concerned about your own mechanical abilities to install a plunger primer or are worried about not harming the look of your sled by installing something obviously not stock, on most sleds you can hid the squeezebulb primer under the hood where no one will be any the wiser.
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