Is This Starter Rebuildable?


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txfireag
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Is This Starter Rebuildable?

Post by txfireag » Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:51 pm



1986 GL1200A

I finally got my starter out to rebuild. The symptoms were just that I got no start at all and have proper power all the way to the starter. I was rebuilding and didn’t know what to do with the “stub wire” that was sticking up toward the brush plate. Come to find out, that “stub wire” is what carrier the current to brush #1 and is supposed to mount to the same screw that brush #1 attached with. Well the ring terminal on the end of that positive wire is gone. That explains my problem!

Question is, can this be rebuilt or should I just cut my losses and find another starter?
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Re: Is This Starter Rebuildable?

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:24 pm

Depending on your expertise at soldering, it is fixable.

I would suggest though, that you find a good Starter repair shop and ask them to look at it.

although, around here, no one rebuilds them anymore.... :(

they just call up O'Reilly's and order a new one.
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txfireag
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Re: Is This Starter Rebuildable?

Post by txfireag » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:46 pm

Thanks! I got thinking about it and thought about a repair so I tried it. I got an 18 gauge ring terminal off my work bench, cut off the insulation and opened up the parts that crimps to the wire. I pinched it onto that wire nub to hold it in place and then soldered all around. Low and behold the starter spins! Not sure how long it’ll last me so I’ll be weighing the price of a new starter vs. keeping this in and having to replace.

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