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starter replacement question

Post by halcombrick » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:31 pm

hey guys, this may be a dumb question to a lot of you but im going to get me a new starter from db electrical for my 82 1100, my question is, it looks like the new starter comes with a new cog as well, do you have to use it or can you do the simple thing and use the cog thats still in the motor with the chain around it, i guess im wondering if they are the same splines because man it looks like it would be tough to replace that cog

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Re: starter replacement question

Post by auctioneeral » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:19 am

After searching around it look's like alot of the aftermarket ones come with the cog gear. And it looks like the same size splines.

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Re: starter replacement question

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:00 pm

Take nothing for granted.Test fit the sprocket on the chain before you fit the starter in.It must absolutely fit exactly like the original.I have heard that some aftermarket sprockets don't fit into the chain exactly right,making it impossible to stab the starter back on.Secondly,I've also read that the OEM sprocket splines are different than the aftermarket one,so it won't fit on the "new" starter.Thirdly..Inspect the gear head of the "new" starter and verify it has a metal ring gear and not the cheap plastic one.
Someone actually removed there gear head and sprocket and mounted it on the "new" motor to get it to fit the bike again.

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Re: starter replacement question

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:01 pm

If the splines are the same and it fits, then use the old one - it's much easier. If they don't fit, you'll have to pull the engine and remove the back cover to get to the cog to replace it with the new one.

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