How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter


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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by walker70 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:33 pm



Hi,have a quick question about my starter,I am getting ready to rebuild mine but this is what is going on,where the brushes are on the original holder the brush with the insulated wire is soldered to the housing but on the new kit it shows it being screwed into the plate,anyway you can tell how to get around this??? :D







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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by yvanttt » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:21 pm

use a soldering iron and solder wick or solder pump.
Be careful not to pull on the wire when unsorldering so the eyelet won't come off
It looks like the original eyelet is still present. only clogged by solder.

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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by GronkFries » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:52 pm

A very good guide, my starter had a mechanical defect on one of the brushes (Photo attached) so I didn't completely disassemble. Just took the back cap off, verified the washers (Thin, thin, thick inner to outer), wiped out the cover, wiped down the brush contact area with alcohol and reassembled with a new $15.00 brush plate. The difference is amazing - Instead of a worthless grunt the starter whirls over now at amazing speed. I was one of the suckers that bought a brand new battery first too - A recommended maintenance even for starters that seem to work ok. Your battery and charging system will love you for it.

Of course if your wing doesn't start with no choke and half a turn there is something wrong, so I'll have to be careful not to leave my thumb on the button for more than a tenth of a second.

Some things I noticed that could be mentioned:

Yes, you don't need to take the exhaust off but you do have to have a 1/4 drive set with a universal joint directly attached to the shallow 8mm (Or 9mm, can't remember) socket, then a short extension.

A 10mm ignition wrench should be used to hold the back nut in place when taking the battery wire off. A normal wrench doesn't slide in there very good.

When putting the starter back on, take your finger and gently push the chain to the right a little so the splines line up better.

When putting the bolts that mount the starter back on, do the front one (Near the splines) first and leave it loose, then push the starter up just a little bit to get the back bolt in - Tricky because you need to spin the extension/socket while holding the starter...
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Peer64
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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by Peer64 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:11 pm

Even after all these years this article is still very usefull.
I'm not an expert but with this article changing the starter was very easy to do.
I just didn't leave the bike on the side stand while the starter was out, but I didn't have any problems with putting the starter back in.
I didn't have to rebuild the starter because I bought a new one (I didn't want to question my reparations in my stadium of knowledge), so I didn't have to leave the bike with no starter for a long time.
Now I will go rebuild my old starter, so I always have one on the shelf.

By the way, I read somewhere that you didn't have to fear for the starterchain to fall back into the motorhousing. On the base of the engine are special gliders that prevent the chain to fall back. Have I read that wrong?
Anyway, thank you for your article, it helped me a lot!!

Greatings,
Peer
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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by redbug » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:04 pm

Sitting straight up or on the side stand is just fine.
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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by Peer64 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:25 pm

Okay,
thanks for your reply.

Regards,
Peer

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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:17 pm

The chain won't fall away into the engine, but it makes it a LOT easier to get the starter back in with it on the side stand.

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Re: How to remove, rebuild and reinstall your starter

Post by Peer64 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:08 pm

Thanks,

I'll keep that in mind next time :idea:

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