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aftermarket starter

Postby jerry8671 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:28 pm



I have been looking at aftermarket starters for my gl1100. Does anyone have any input on brands to buy or stay away from?



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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby scotterichmond » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:44 am

you could just rebuild yours, not hard and not exspensive either

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:14 am

I heard of China knock offs that just don't fit.Something about the sprocket being slightly larger and not fitting the chain and the original sprocket not fitting the China starter.
The innards can be poorly made (low bid).
It's usually best to try to repair yours first or resort to OEM for reliability.
Have a read here...viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13081
And then this one....viewtopic.php?f=11&t=259

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby scotterichmond » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:44 am

Here is a source for a very complete kit , I have used several times

http://www.ebay.com/itm/STARTER-REBUILD ... 83&vxp=mtr

and here is a how to

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=259

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby jerry8671 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:09 pm

the starter was rebuilt once and lasted a month. im just going to buy a new one. i was leaning more towards an oem starter but just wanted to see what other options were out there. thank you all for your input.

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby jerry8671 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:49 am

does anyone know anything about arrowhead starters, and if so what kind of input can i get about them?

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby jerry8671 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:46 am

I ended up buying a caltric starter. The gear was different. It was slightly smaller but the starter works great. During the summer the starter was $600. I bought it in Feb and got it for $95 and it came with a solenoid.

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby dassteen » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:42 pm

i took my old starter for a rebuild at my local auto elec. shop . starter was NFG could not be rebuilt, so they sold me a new one. unfortunatly the sun gear was made of plastic and it spun in housing .lasted exactly one start . so every one started telling me it was the starter clutch.guess what was ok? by the time i replaced starter clutch springs ,clutch, stator,water pump,reassembled engine went to start bike and same spinning noise came out i pulled new starter took it back to shop. warranty was gone and so was my old starter. but the fix was they pinned the sun gear to housing.if you get new starter check for plastic sun gear and replace w/ honda original steel gear. other than all that my aftermarket from taiwan works fine.

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby sperryunivac » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:57 am

dassteen wrote:Unfortunatly the sun gear was made of plastic and it spun in housing .lasted exactly one start . so every one started telling me it was the starter clutch.guess what was ok? by the time i replaced starter clutch springs ,clutch, stator,water pump,reassembled engine went to start bike and same spinning noise came out i pulled new starter took it back to shop. warranty was gone and so was my old starter. but the fix was they pinned the sun gear to housing.if you get new starter check for plastic sun gear and replace w/ honda original steel gear. other than all that my aftermarket from taiwan works fine.


I ran into the same starter issue that you experienced about two years ago and I also replaced the sprague clutch and springs only to find out that the plastic sun gear was moving out of position. I thought of pinning the plastic gear but changed my mind when I found an original starter motor on ebay at a reasonable price.
That was one problem that had me fooled into thinking that the starter was working fine and the problem was elsewhere.
An access hole in the back cover would be something that would be desirable as it would help in viewing the rotation of the starter sprocket and also to assist in lining up the sprocket when installing the starter motor. Well the good part was that I got to pull the engine out and learn more about the bike.
So for others out there, a spinning starter motor does not necessarily mean that the motor is good. A lesson learned.

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby jerry8671 » Thu May 29, 2014 11:16 am

Well I bought a caltric and one year later after the warranty was up it failed. Took it apart to possibly rebuild and the armature was coming apart and the brushes were shot. Still had my old starter so I thought maybe I could use parts from it, but the armature was bigger in the OEM and the brushes were soldered in on the aftermarket. I'm now going to purchase an OEM and stay away from that China garbage

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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby RBGERSON » Thu May 29, 2014 4:48 pm

HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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Re: aftermarket starter

Postby jerry8671 » Thu May 29, 2014 7:51 pm

Found a couple of used OEM on eBay so I'm going to buy a couple of them




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