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Starter Rebuild Kits - Where?
I have looked through the Starter threads, I need to rebuild my starter ('86 Interstate). I see people mentioning Ebay kits, but I can't seem to track one down.

Would someone post the Ebay store and kit number, if possible? Other suppliers would be appreciated, as well. Thanks!
2009 KLR 650
2002 Harley Sportster 1200 S
1999 Vulcan 1500
1986 Honda Gold Wing 1200
1981 Dnepr
1979 KZ1000
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#1 03-24-2008, 05:38 AM,
I didn't see anything on Ebay either but I don't know what you need for your starter. You can get bearings and bushings locally and you can get the rest of the parts you need from here;

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#2 03-24-2008, 08:17 PM,
admin Wrote:I didn't see anything on Ebay either but I don't know what you need for your starter. You can get bearings and bushings locally and you can get the rest of the parts you need from here;

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I think it just needs 'refreshing'. I ended up calling my local dealer, and got two brushes and two springs, for $24. I plan to remove the starter this weekend, I have a lot of bike work to get done.
2009 KLR 650
2002 Harley Sportster 1200 S
1999 Vulcan 1500
1986 Honda Gold Wing 1200
1981 Dnepr
1979 KZ1000
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#3 03-28-2008, 07:27 AM,
Make sure that the armature isn't rubbing against the housing, if it shows any contact marks that means that the bushing is worn and needs to be replaced.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#4 03-28-2008, 11:08 AM,
Well, I took the starter out, removed the end cap - about a third full of carbon powder. One brush is at 0.42" and the other is 0.34", I am going to replace them anyway. The springs feel very healthy. I am cleaning the spaces between the commutator bars with a thin screwdriver, fits in just right. The reduction gear end is very dry - I need to clean it and refill with grease.
2009 KLR 650
2002 Harley Sportster 1200 S
1999 Vulcan 1500
1986 Honda Gold Wing 1200
1981 Dnepr
1979 KZ1000
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#5 03-31-2008, 07:26 AM,
I remember when I thought my starter had died, it came apart much like yours, in pretty good condition and I still had the same slow cranking problem after I reinstalled the starter all cleaned up. Turned out the start button switch was dirty and barely making contact, I tore the start button switch apart and cleaned it and I've never had a starting problem since. If you do tear down the start button switch watch out for the little parts and springs. Use electrical cleaner and a pencil eraser on the copper to clean things up. It's about a half hour job to clean the switch.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#6 03-31-2008, 07:38 AM,
admin Wrote:I remember when I thought my starter had died, it came apart much like yours, in pretty good condition and I still had the same slow cranking problem after I reinstalled the starter all cleaned up. Turned out the start button switch was dirty and barely making contact, I tore the start button switch apart and cleaned it and I've never had a starting problem since. If you do tear down the start button switch watch out for the little parts and springs. Use electrical cleaner and a pencil eraser on the copper to clean things up. It's about a half hour job to clean the switch.

I remember seeing that in another post - while I don't doubt that it worked, I'm curious about why it worked. My understanding is that when you press the button, a voltage/current signal feeds to the solenoid, pulling a switch into place that passes current from the battery to the starter. As long as the solenoid engages, the starter should turn normally. I guess if it was really filthy, the solenoid wouldn't fully engage.

I purchased a new battery last night, my old one tested a little weak (slightly into the yellow on my load tester), so I figured I'll just get a new one - an AGM Yuasa. I'm going to try and get things back together tonight or tomorrow.
2009 KLR 650
2002 Harley Sportster 1200 S
1999 Vulcan 1500
1986 Honda Gold Wing 1200
1981 Dnepr
1979 KZ1000
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#7 04-01-2008, 05:18 AM,
My switch was very dirty, no clean copper anyplace and the grease inside the switch was hardened like cheese. I'm quite certain that it was a low voltage poblem to the solenoid. You have to remember that this switch carries the load of the headlight so there is quite a bit of electrical heat built up at this point.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#8 04-01-2008, 11:46 AM,
Well, I cleaned the starter out, fresh brushes, new grease, re-installed with a new AGM battery. It now turns over like the hand of Thor is spinning the crankshaft for me! Very satisfied.
2009 KLR 650
2002 Harley Sportster 1200 S
1999 Vulcan 1500
1986 Honda Gold Wing 1200
1981 Dnepr
1979 KZ1000
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#9 04-02-2008, 06:25 AM,
That's great news. I guess that means you put all the pieces back in the right places. Big Grin Big Grin
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#10 04-02-2008, 08:02 AM,
admin Wrote:That's great news. I guess that means you put all the pieces back in the right places. Big Grin Big Grin

Yeah, no parts left over, an unusual occurrence :lol:
2009 KLR 650
2002 Harley Sportster 1200 S
1999 Vulcan 1500
1986 Honda Gold Wing 1200
1981 Dnepr
1979 KZ1000
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#11 04-02-2008, 09:55 AM,


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