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Starter removal
you'll probably have to remove any floorboards and at least move the engine guards probably and maybe the shifter,the rear exhaust stud needs to be removed to get the starter out,its a tight squeeze,cant recall if the exhaust has to be dropped any,hopefully others will chime in

hopefully the rebuild kit will solve your problems
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#1 05-29-2011, 12:24 AM,
really shouldn't any crawling around on the ground,i would think,mimimal at best
1987 Aspencade 129K
1986 SEI 93K
2014 Tri-Glide HD 17K

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#2 05-29-2011, 02:01 AM,
Floorboards header pipes and engine guards need to come off loose plus one header pipe stud removed for the starter to come out.

If you borrow a pair of car ramps and drive that trike up onto them then you can just use a regular car jack under the engine to lift the front end up.

This would make life a lot easier on your back.
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#3 05-29-2011, 07:48 AM,
Ya, you don't have to crawl around. You will have to lean a bit so that still may make this hard to do. Don't forget to clean and lube the ORing seal. If you don't do that it makes it tough to get it back in, plus you run the risk of tearing the seal.
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#4 05-29-2011, 09:46 AM,
If you wern't on the other side of the world I'd come do it for you. Takes about 20 minutes, not much of a headache at all.
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#5 05-30-2011, 03:41 PM,
Hi troops
Any body got a PDF on how to remove / replace the starter motor on 1984 gl1200

I've done the job took 20 mins just looking for a sheet to send to somebody else

Can you help ????


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#6 08-20-2013, 04:24 AM,
pm sent
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#7 08-20-2013, 01:28 PM,
I just did a starter rebuild for a friend, just as Neoracer said remove floorboard then the left engine guard and lower the header, remove the rear stud and then the starter will come out.
it's a tight fit but just be patient and it will come.
Johan
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#8 08-24-2013, 01:51 AM,
(08-24-2013, 01:51 AM)firstwing85 Wrote: I just did a starter rebuild for a friend, just as Neoracer said remove floorboard then the left engine guard and lower the header, remove the rear stud and then the starter will come out.
it's a tight fit but just be patient and it will come.

I am just curious what you found in your friends starter.
I am sure the listening (lol) public might be curious as well.
How many miles are on the bike? Is the bike used for short trips (ie, a bunch of starter usage)
How were the brushes? amount of carbon dust? condition of the grease in the gears?

Again, just curious Smile
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#9 08-26-2013, 11:20 AM,
(08-26-2013, 11:20 AM)bs175dths Wrote:
(08-24-2013, 01:51 AM)firstwing85 Wrote: I just did a starter rebuild for a friend, just as Neoracer said remove floorboard then the left engine guard and lower the header, remove the rear stud and then the starter will come out.
it's a tight fit but just be patient and it will come.

I am just curious what you found in your friends starter.
I am sure the listening (lol) public might be curious as well.
How many miles are on the bike? Is the bike used for short trips (ie, a bunch of starter usage)
How were the brushes? amount of carbon dust? condition of the grease in the gears?

Again, just curious Smile

Thanks for asking, the bike has 160,000 kms (100,000 miles)
He bought the bike a couple years ago but hasn't ridden it much so I've been fixing it up for him and he's riding again this year.
There was a lot of carbon dust in the starter and it made a screaming noise after starting the bike, worn out bushing.
He bought a starter rebuild kit which includes bearings new bushings and brushes, (about $25)
Rebuilt the starter and put it back in the bike and it works perfectly.
Johan
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#10 08-26-2013, 11:33 AM,
Thanks for the update.
When I did mine, the brushes were still very large and there was minimal dust.
My problem was the old grease has become so thick, the stater motor has a hard time spinning freely when the gl1200 engine was hot.
I found a work-around to my slow spinning starter motor when the gl1200 was hot was to open the throttle all the way open BEFORE using the starter button to spin the gl1200 motor to life.
This was just a temporary fix until I was able to get into my starter motor.
(knock-knock) no problems since.

Well, good. I hope your discription is helpfull to those who will be reading this.

Thanks again......

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#11 08-26-2013, 03:10 PM,
(08-26-2013, 03:10 PM)bs175dths Wrote: Thanks for the update.
When I did mine, the brushes were still very large and there was minimal dust.
My problem was the old grease has become so thick, the stater motor has a hard time spinning freely when the gl1200 engine was hot.
I found a work-around to my slow spinning starter motor when the gl1200 was hot was to open the throttle all the way open BEFORE using the starter button to spin the gl1200 motor to life.
This was just a temporary fix until I was able to get into my starter motor.
(knock-knock) no problems since.

Well, good. I hope your discription is helpfull to those who will be reading this.

Thanks again......

-Ride On

It is a great blessing to me when I can help others from the stuff I have learned.
I'm sure most of the guys here feel that way.

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Johan
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#12 08-26-2013, 09:34 PM,
(08-20-2013, 04:24 AM)Gadgit Wrote: Hi troops
Any body got a PDF on how to remove / replace the starter motor on 1984 gl1200

I've done the job took 20 mins just looking for a sheet to send to somebody else

Can you help ????


Xxx Gadgit xxxx

London GB
did mine today == rather simple ,remove shifter lever, remove battery cable and 2 bolts
rotate starter downward and around till battery post is facing the motor and the starter will fall out - took 2 hours to remember tho ---LOL
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