Can this GL1100 starter motor be fixed anymore?


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Can this GL1100 starter motor be fixed anymore?

Postby jalat » Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:54 am



Hi, I bought 1983 GL1100 couple of weeks ago.
It is working great except the starter motor. PO told me that it is starting lazily and sometimes you have to try to start many times before it starts.



It worked 2-3 weeks and then suddenly stopped workin totally. I bypassed the starter solenoid an tried to connect starter directly to battery positive. Nothing happened.

I opened the starter motor and noticed there was this wire broken which leads from starter body to positive coil brush. I also noticed that positive brush wires were not insulated. The whole starter copper part was looking bad. There was part of the copper missing and one place looked like the copper has melted a little.

Is this starter totally shot or can this be fixed?
I already ordered new starter but I was thinking if this can be fixer for spare part?

What do you guys think? Honest opinions thank you.












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Re: Can this GL1100 starter motor be fixed anymore?

Postby aj1500 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:56 am

the broken wire coming from the armiture is going to be a problem as well as the chipping you can see in the last pic.
a repair should be able to repair it but I'm not sure it would be worth it VS replacing it. I think looking for a good used one on E-bay would be in order. that way you can weigh your cost for the repair

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Re: Can this GL1100 starter motor be fixed anymore?

Postby dingdong » Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:08 am

Someone with enough patience and expertise could make it work but why bother. I would, at least, get a good used one and work on restoring it.
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Re: Can this GL1100 starter motor be fixed anymore?

Postby jalat » Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:24 am

Yes that's what I was thinking too. Why bother when it might be too much work to get it work. If it would even work.

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Re: Can this GL1100 starter motor be fixed anymore?

Postby Old Fogey » Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:41 am

With the commutator (the segmented copper ) as damaged as that, you would run through new brushes in no time even if you cleaned it up. It would have to turned down in a lathe and the insulating sectors trimmed back. Not worth the repair time.


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