Removal and Install Starter Motor GL1100


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Removal and Install Starter Motor GL1100

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:14 am



Well,

I am halfway through this job.

For the life of me I could not get the starter motor out without removing the crash bar on the left hand side and dropping the exhaust, and removing the gear shift lever - and still had a few little problems of discovering a stripped thread on one exhaust stud - and another stud that came out with the nut on it.

I took a few photos of the starter motor on disassembly - but things got too messy and dirty to keep taking photos - so not many overall, and none of the cleaned up pictures of the motor ready to re install. Only the dirty pictures - which are not that great anyway. I have managed to put a clumsy coat of aluminium paint over the motor as well, so at least it looks cleaner.

Mainly a lot of carbon build up on the commutator - brushes seem fine - but I might get another set for the future. There were 4 thin washers on one end (brush end) with the three on the gear end (2 thin one thick). Didn't clean out the old grease - just put plenty more inside the geared enclosure. Spins freely - so I'm sure it will be good enough for quite a while longer. Used some 1200 grade wet & dry paper to remove the carbon build up - 2 minutes work for that. Degreased the insides - rinsed with plain water and used a hair dryer to make sure there was no moisture inside.

The weather has stopped me 3 times today with raining - and driveway work is always subject to weather conditions. Plus the humidity is pretty high - so getting a free sauna at the same time. To get the rear bolt off I purchased a 1/4" swivel for my socket set - made it a lot easier.
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Re: Removal and Install Starter Motor GL1100

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:15 pm

Well,

The starter motor is back in, the paint wasn't dry still a bit tacky, and the weather gods have rained on my parade - again and again...finished putting the crash bar back on and tightened it up - then down it came. No more work for a few hours until it dries out a bit. I did get the chance to turn it over as soon as I put the starter back in - thought it would be wise before bolting everything back on. Seemed to spin faster- but the proof will be when I hopefully go for a ride this afternoon - if it stops raining for an hour so will get a chance to see if it is still sluggish after the motor has warmed up.

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Re: Removal and Install Starter Motor GL1100

Postby bidders58 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:12 am

Hi anyone, I've just removed the starter from my GL 1100 interstate to refurbish it and noticed that the cog that the starter motor spline goes into just hangs in the chain drive, is this correct,seems to flop around a bit??? :?

Paul

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Re: Removal and Install Starter Motor GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:59 pm

bidders58 wrote:Hi anyone, I've just removed the starter from my GL 1100 interstate to refurbish it and noticed that the cog that the starter motor spline goes into just hangs in the chain drive, is this correct,seems to flop around a bit??? :?

Paul


That's correct. That cog lives on the end of the starter drive. Once you remove the starter, the cog just hangs loose in the chain. It can be a bear to get back on, so when reinserting the starter, have the bike on the side stand to help align it properly. Don't force it - if it's not going in, pull it back out, rotate the shaft a bit, and try again.

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Re: Removal and Install Starter Motor GL1100

Postby bidders58 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:40 am

Phew!! thanks for that,I had some idea that I was gonna have to start stripping the back end down. :D

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Re: Removal and Install Starter Motor GL1100

Postby Baunix63 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:09 am

Hoi, some info to the starter.
You can improve its function with better ground.
The ground from the plate with the brushes is made with the 3 metall noses of the plate. They are allways oxidized the counterpart in the housing to.
- Polish the 3 noses and the parts in the housing and bend up a little, you get a better contact, starter is definite running better
- in the CX500 world some guys drill a hole in the housing and connect the plate with a cable of 2,5sqmm with the housing, same effect, better ground


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