Replacing starter on ‘82 GL1100


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CnCbuss
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Replacing starter on ‘82 GL1100

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Hello all,
My starter has crapped out and I need to replace it. The one I got last time was a cheap aftermarket which lasted almost 2 seasons. And I know I can rebuild an old one but I’m looking for the easiest solution with the least amount of downtime. Are there any recommendations to a better type of starter replacement? Caltric? Other brands made in the U.S.?
I’m in Canada so ordering from the US will take almost 2 weeks.


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Re: Replacing starter on ‘82 GL1100

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You might check at Fortnine. They sell a Ricks starter that I have seen good reviews about and Ricks in general. Not cheap ($273 Cdn)but may be worth it to get away from the crap starters available on Ebay etc.
https://fortnine.ca/en/ricks-motorsport ... cs-starter
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Re: Replacing starter on ‘82 GL1100

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I just did mine this spring. I took the armature to a local starter/alternator shop. They cleaned it up dirt cheap. Then I ordered a new brush plate on line. Had it all done in a few days. I ordered the complete brush plate as it was cheaper than any "brushes only" offering I could find. Actually the local shop also had access to new (or refurbished) starters for everything including motorcycles, ATVs, etc. His prices were lower than most on-line sellers. Worth a few phone calls locally.
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Re: Replacing starter on ‘82 GL1100

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OldguyGlen wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:54 am I just did mine this spring. I took the armature to a local starter/alternator shop. They cleaned it up dirt cheap. Then I ordered a new brush plate on line. Had it all done in a few days. I ordered the complete brush plate as it was cheaper than any "brushes only" offering I could find. Actually the local shop also had access to new (or refurbished) starters for everything including motorcycles, ATVs, etc. His prices were lower than most on-line sellers. Worth a few phone calls locally.
Yep I agree OldguyGlen. Had the starter from my 83 Aspencade rebuilt at a shop. It was around a hundred bux Cdn. for the service (bit of cleaning/lathe work on a machine designed for that purpose) & included new brushes. Works like a charm and nice to have the oem starter rather than cheap knockoff. However when I had trouble with the starter in my 78 Gl1000 the same shop would not repair it as there were other issues preventing a rebuild ie. an output shaft that wobbled. Any qualified starter/alternator repair shop should be able to give you a quote if your oem starter is worth repair.


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