Changing /repairing starter


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Changing /repairing starter

Postby rusty » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:07 pm



I just saw the article on rebuilding starters and was curious if this applies to all models. I have a
gl1100I and the manuals all say to remove the engine. Who is right?



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Re: Changing /repairing starter

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:10 pm

You can pull the starter on a GL1100 without removing the engine. Just leave the bike on the sidestand, and pull it straight out, so the sprocket remains inside in the chain.

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Re: Changing /repairing starter

Postby achowler1 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:42 pm

That is correct! I just replaced the starter on my 83 GL1100A last weekend. Its easy! I removed the shift lever, and pulled starter out. Getting new one installed is a breeze, but be patient and align the splines. Recommend vaseline on the new oring. My new starter came with a new cable to the starter relay. This is because the new starter has the positive stud relocated up and rearward on the starter. :D

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Re: Changing /repairing starter

Postby jap4lvr » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:43 am

I didnt even pull my shift lever off on mine. Just slid right out. Rebuilt it and had it back on in an hour.
I would recommend just rebuilding it instead of replacing. A good rebuilt OEM starter is going to be better than a new chinese one.

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Re: Changing /repairing starter

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:42 am

Agreed on the rebuilds. The original starters are pretty beefy, and when they're rebuilt to good-as-new condition, they'll be dependable for many years to come - the same can't be said for the Chinese knockoffs.




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