Starter Rebuild


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Garacane
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Starter Rebuild

Postby Garacane » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:44 pm



Just finished rebuilding my starter using the How-To Article and it works great. One thing I would recommend is removing both bearings from the head assembly, clean them, and repack them with grease. They are not fully sealed bearings and using mineral spirits and hot soapy water to clean out the head assembly without removing the bearing might lead to bearing failure. Plus chances are the bearings don't have alot of grease in them anyway after running for so long.



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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby B0b88 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:21 am

After you took off the retaining pin off was it hard to remove the head assembly from the housing??? Mine was damn near impossible to get out.

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Garacane » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:30 pm

Sorry about the delay in a response. All work and no play. Actually mine came apart fairly easy.

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Greg_C » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:16 pm

Think I will take my starter back out to check on this bearing set while bike is laid up for rebuild project... Thanks...
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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby B0b88 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:20 pm

It's fairly easy to clean up everything with the 00 steel wool, way worth your time to just know your starter is freshly packed with grease and your brushes are good :) I couldn't imagine having to push start one of these bikes lol

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:14 am

Were the bearings hard to remove? How did you remove and replace them without harming the bearing? Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:14 pm

Any info on how to remove the bearings? Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Garacane » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:49 pm

Once you remove the cir clip holding the shaft in and you tap out the shaft. There will be one bearing still on the shaft you removed and one bearing plus a seal left in the head assembly. The bearing thats still on the shaft you don't really have to remove if you don't want too, you should be able to clean this bearing and repack it with no problems. The bearing that's still in the head is held in by another clip that was up by the cir clip you just remove it and carefully tap the bearing and seal out. After you clean everything and repack the bearing slide the seal back into the head assembly housing (the open side of the seal should be facing you) and then the bearing and reinstall the clip.

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Garacane » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:54 pm

Sorry I don't have any pictures. I know there a big help when explaining something.

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:30 pm

Thanks-I think I can do it.Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby papaderf » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:03 pm

New to this forum... awesome!!! I also just rebuilt my starter per the "article;" it went well. I agree with repacking BOTH bearings and did myself only after finding that the grease seal from the outer bearing stayed on the armature. Both bearings were in good condition, but a little on the dry side. The starter slipped in the engine first time!!! Just needed a little wiggling.
My initial problem, however, continues: the starter spins and fails to engage the engine. So on to more troublehooting here on a rainy day.
Great site. Thanks for the good work.
RGDS, Papaderf

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:12 pm

papaderf wrote:New to this forum... awesome!!! I also just rebuilt my starter per the "article;" it went well. I agree with repacking BOTH bearings and did myself only after finding that the grease seal from the outer bearing stayed on the armature. Both bearings were in good condition, but a little on the dry side. The starter slipped in the engine first time!!! Just needed a little wiggling.
My initial problem, however, continues: the starter spins and fails to engage the engine. So on to more troublehooting here on a rainy day.
Great site. Thanks for the good work.
RGDS, Papaderf


When it spins without engaging, that's normally the sprag clutch. Does it happen every time, or just occasionally? If you can get the engine started, add half a can of Seafoam to the oil, go ride for an hour or two, then drain it and refill with fresh oil. Most times this will fix the problem.

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Re: Starter Rebuild

Postby Garacane » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:40 pm

I agree with the WingAdmin, I was having the same issue with starting my bike even after I rebuilt the starter. Just did what the WingAdmin suggested and it fixed the problem. Has far has getting it started I was able to push start mine down my driveway on a slight down grade. Just put it in second gear and popped the clutch.




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