How to remove the starter without removing exhaust


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How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:46 pm



The 1100 starter will just about fall out.The 1200...well no it doesn't.
I really needed to service mine(I was bored) so here I go.
I read about removing everything but the headlight to get the thing out of there...Sheesh...there's got to be a better way.
This is what I did.It took less time to do the whole thing that it would have taken to just get the exhaust off..



















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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by zamboni920 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:48 pm

Nice, nice , nice.....and that's all I have to say 'bout that! :) :)

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:11 pm

merci beaucoup, I appreciate the nod of approval

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by ronscycle1 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:44 pm

virgilmobile wrote:The 1100 starter will just about fall out.The 1200...well no it doesn't.
I really needed to service mine(I was bored) so here I go.
I read about removing everything but the headlight to get the thing out of there...Sheesh...there's got to be a better way.
This is what I did.It took less time to do the whole thing that it would have taken to just get the exhaust off..
getting the starter loose.JPG
pulling it loose.JPG
starter off.JPG
inside the starter.JPG
grease job.JPG
back on.JPG
back in.JPG


will not work on 87 gl 1200 i starter wont turn to get screws out

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:51 pm

OK,good to know.I've heard of 3 ways to get the 1200 starter out.This worked on my 84 interstate OEM.Others may vary,batteries not included :D

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by silver fox » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:56 pm

virgilmobile wrote:The 1100 starter will just about fall out.The 1200...well no it doesn't.
I really needed to service mine(I was bored) so here I go.
I read about removing everything but the headlight to get the thing out of there...Sheesh...there's got to be a better way.
This is what I did.It took less time to do the whole thing that it would have taken to just get the exhaust off..
getting the starter loose.JPG
pulling it loose.JPG
starter off.JPG
inside the starter.JPG
grease job.JPG
back on.JPG
back in.JPG


Well I'll be darned!!!. Such good info that I gave it to my mechanic. He was thrilled as was I. saved me money on labour. He was grateful for the the info. THANKS AGAIN> GREAT JOB.

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:46 pm

This just happen to work well on my 84.Faster than dropping the crash bar and exhaust.
As posted,there may be some models this won't work on.It's all experimental.

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by mshruman » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:49 pm

Adapt and overcome! Thats my motto!

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by DC46 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:51 pm

Excellent video, you can tell he is good ol boy that knows his bikes...Thank you, lot of info...Ride on man...Thanx...

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by Jimpilgrim » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:47 pm

1985 Goldmawing aspencade
I have removed starter but have found out that the sprocket inside has slipped out of its grove were the starter slides in I'm screwed any suggestions need help terribly please repyl

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:49 pm

Jimpilgrim wrote:1985 Goldmawing aspencade
I have removed starter but have found out that the sprocket inside has slipped out of its grove were the starter slides in I'm screwed any suggestions need help terribly please repyl
The sprocket inside rests inside a chain and pretty much just dangles there. Put the bike on the sidestand and you'll see that the sprocket moves back close to where it needs to be. It can take a bit of work, but you can get the starter shaft to slot back into the sprocket when the bike is on its sidestand.

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by Jimpilgrim » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:10 pm

Thanks I will try it hopefull I'll be able to get its a feat in its self to get the starter out

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by Jimpilgrim » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:12 pm

Well it all turned out good thanks for the how to section it has helped a lot and replies on to the next project getting ready for that big ride in five months

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Re: How to remove the starter without removing exhaust

Post by sonoramike » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:06 pm

just pulled the starter from my 85 Interstate 1200, this article helped a lot so thought I'd give back.

I didn't have the needed clearance to get my starter out without needing to remove stuff, so here is how I did it:

I'd entitle this "how to remove the starter by removing only a small section of the exhaust on an 85"

remove L side panels (prob the hardest part of the job here, baggie up your bolts and screws, set the panels aside where you won't step on them)
loosen the 2 exhaust coupler bolts that pinch fit the front and rear exhaust sections on the L side, 14mm maybe? only 2 bolts on the exhaust in the middle next to the center stand.
remove the bolts holding the L side engine crash bars - clamp near top of radiator, bolt near bottom of radiator, and the bottom of the crash bar snakes through the exhaust and connect via a slip joint to the bottom of the motor, 19mm nut iirc, just loosen in up
remove the 4 exhaust bolts on the L exhaust, 12mm
loosen the rear exhaust bolt near L passenger footpeg so that the nut is barely hanging on, allows the pipe some wiggling to help get the front off next
wiggle the L front exhaust section off and set it to the side
remove the shifter 10mm bolt from underneath and pull the shifter off
2 8mm bolts hold the starter front and rear, take them out.
remove starter - I had to beat on the face of the starter to get it out with a small plastic mallet, the rubber o-ring on the starter extrusion that fits into the motor was seized in the hole

(edit to add: I never tried to pull the starter out with the stud in, so maybe give taking it out a try before you pull the stud)

pull the back exhaust stud next to the starter to get the clearance you need. This one can be tricky, run one of the exhaust nuts all the way up the stud, put a 2nd nut on and run it up so that there are stud threads visible, take your wrenches and tighten the 2 nuts against each other, as tight as you can.
put your wrench on the top most of the 2 jammed up nuts (nut closest to the exhaust port) and you should be able to unscrew the stud. Use oil and heat if it won't go right away, don't force it or break the stud.


sounds like a lot but its all exposed and easy to get to stuff. Time, not difficulty. I'd call it a 2/10 in difficulty

The exhaust stud is the only problematic piece if you've never pulled a stud before, watch this if so ->



once the stud is out the starter has room to emerge.

Now to deal with the filthy starter...



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