Need a little advice on a 1200 starter


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MiWinger51
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Need a little advice on a 1200 starter

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I had a contact about my 1200 Aspencade that I am trying to sell or trade for a scooter. When I went to start it up the starter was very sluggish when turning the engine over. I assumed that the issue was the battery so I bought and installed a new one. I was wrong, there's a surprise!! The starter is still sluggish so I'm thinking it might need a rebuild. The rebuild kit is available on ebay for a minimal price but I sure don't want to pull and rebuild the starter and find out that wasn't the issue either. Any suggestions? BTW, I found a post about removing the starter on a 1984 Aspy without pulling the exhaust, would the 1987 removal be the same? Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Need a little advice on a 1200 starter

Post by skier »

I rebuilt the starter on my '87 gl1200i a couple of years ago. I did not remove the exhaust, but I did loosen the exhaust header from the head and loosen the crash bar on the left side. The rebuild was pretty easy and the starter now spins much faster. The old grease was caked in pretty hard.

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Re: Need a little advice on a 1200 starter

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Thanks to all for the responses. After an overnight trickle charge with a battery tender the starter cranked like a new one. Dodged a bullet on that one. 😀
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Re: Need a little advice on a 1200 starter

Post by SilverDave »

After 30 years, you will probably find that your starter is filled inside with grease and carbon dust. Cleaning all that gunk out makes a great difference ...

But if you are just trying to flog it for sale , charging battery is the cheapest alternative .


Each year of the 1200 seems to have a different ballet needed to remove the starter.... . up , left , down a bit, forward, up again ....

Mine was so close... but eventually needed the exhaust dropped to get that last 1/4 inch out .

SilverDave



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