1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal


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1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby t_reister » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:21 pm



I read the DIY on starter removal and got to the point where you slide the starter back and out to get it out of the engine. I can slide the starter back but an about 1/16" short of being able to tilt it out. The starte gear will not clear the hole where the starter goes into the engine case. It seems like the starter is hitting the engine case. I undid the engine guards and that did not help. Has anyone run into this problem and how did you get around it??



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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:47 pm

Did you check and see if the rear of the starter is hitting the shifter lever?
You may have to remove the lever. Be careful to replace it in the same position- or shifting will be a hassle!
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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:44 pm

yes I have the same problem with mine.

I just bite the bullet and use a crowbar to get it out.

The starters are different contrary to what everyone says. I finally got one that was 1/8 inch shorter then what you are running into. I have no idea why but some are longer.

On one I just pounded it back in and I was lucky and the gear went into the chain ok.

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:11 am

Wilcoy02 wrote:yes I have the same problem with mine.

I just bite the bullet and use a crowbar to get it out.

The starters are different contrary to what everyone says. I finally got one that was 1/8 inch shorter then what you are running into. I have no idea why but some are longer.

On one I just pounded it back in and I was lucky and the gear went into the chain ok.

Yikes! Must be aftermarket! Regards, Johnyy

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby 4wred » Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:59 am

Johnyy Smoke wrote:Did you check and see if the rear of the starter is hitting the shifter lever?
You may have to remove the lever. Be careful to replace it in the same position- or shifting will be a hassle!
Regards, Johnyy

I agree,take the shift lever off.That's the only thing I had to remove to get it out.There's a video on you tube showing starter removal,I can get mine off in less than half the time it takes him,I have a project bike i'm working on and have had the starter in and out a couple times unfortunatley :oops:

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:11 am

FYI 1000 and 1100 starter are different by 1/16 or 1/8 inch..I forget which one is the longer one(center case) but the shorter one is much easier to remove. I filed the engine case right where the spline hit the edge popped right out and in after that mod. You need to file a 1/4" flat spot to get it to work, It doesn't effect anything.
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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby t_reister » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:23 am

Thanks, I will give it another go. I thought about filing the case but didn't want to get filings inside, just have to be careful.

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby t_reister » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:31 pm

The shifter lever was the key, took it off and the starter almost fell out and fell back in. It works like a champ after a good cleaning and lubing the gears. Was totally worth the time I spent doing it. Thank you all for the input. If you are thinking of doing your starter, go for it!!! :D :D :D

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:59 pm

Glad it worked out for ya! Regards, Johnyy

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Re: 1981 GL 1100 Starter Removal

Postby elwoodmorg » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:24 am

I have removed and replaced my starter on my 81 Naked Wing many many times. Sometimes it feels like someone swapped my starter for a longer one. My solution is to let it go back into the hole and it seems to turn and find more space. Then it comes right out. Obviously you have to remove the shifter first. YMMV :P




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