Can starter be installed without pulling rear cover?


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Can starter be installed without pulling rear cover?

Postby rrmiller73 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:38 pm



Working up a used 1200 motor to go into my 84 Aspencade. It arrived less starter. The manual states the rear cover has to be removed to put the gear on the drive spline. Anbody had any luck stabing the gear with the rear cover on?



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Re: Can starter be installed without pulling rear cover?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:44 pm

If the starter chain and sprocket were left inside the engine (and if the starter was just pulled off the engine without opening the back cover, they are), then you can remove the sprocket from the new starter's spline shaft (if it came with the sprocket) and just put the new starter in place without removing the back cover. The spline shaft of the starter will fit right into the sprocket left inside the engine.

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Re: Can starter be installed without pulling rear cover?

Postby rrmiller73 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:09 pm

That's what I thought. Just haven't tried it yet. I'll pull the old one off the old motor. It's working fine. Thanks

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Re: Can starter be installed without pulling rear cover?

Postby unsteadyrider » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:00 pm

WingAdmin wrote:If the starter chain and sprocket were left inside the engine (and if the starter was just pulled off the engine without opening the back cover, they are), then you can remove the sprocket from the new starter's spline shaft (if it came with the sprocket) and just put the new starter in place without removing the back cover. The spline shaft of the starter will fit right into the sprocket left inside the engine.


As long as both starters are from the same manufacturer.
If the 1200 is like the 1100 you can use afinger or tool(screwdriver?) and lift the gear off the chain and out the hole. Then put it in the other engine the same and the starter , with some fiddleing, should slip in. A bit of a chore to line the splines up but can be done.

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Re: Can starter be installed without pulling rear cover?

Postby starfleetengineer » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:36 am

rrmiller73 wrote:Working up a used 1200 motor to go into my 84 Aspencade. It arrived less starter. The manual states the rear cover has to be removed to put the gear on the drive spline. Anbody had any luck stabing the gear with the rear cover on?


It's not a problem. I have pulled my starter out while the engine was still in the bike. If by chance the chain moves to the center of the engine, just put the bike on the side kick stand and with mechanics wire you can pull it back in place. The book always wants you to the engine for some reason or another...LOL
How many times do I have to tell ya,,, The right tool for the right job!

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Re: Can starter be installed without pulling rear cover?

Postby franky9322 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:27 pm

i have a rebuild kit for my starter (GW1200GL INTERSTATE )

to remove and put it back: all the time on the side stand?


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