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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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HELP.... Need starter info!

Very cold here in Indiana. Tried to start the bike up and got nothing. Starter turned over once but still nothing. After a bit of trying sizzling sound and smoke coming from the front of starter. What do I have here?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Make sure cable on the starter are tight.If they are and the starter is hot to the touch it will be time to replace starter.I hope it is a loose connection.Good Luck......................
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You can rebuild the starter if it is the brushes or similar. If the armature is fried though, you'll have to replace the motor. Best bet is a used one from a slavage yard or ebay as a new one runs about $400 or so. Ridiculous in my opinion.

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Post Loose!

I checked the starter connection and the actual post is loose from within the starter housing. My guess is that this is a bad thing. What do you all think?

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Yeah.I would look around for a place that rebuilds starters.400 bucks is a lot of money man..................
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Check eBay - there are starter rebuild kits available if your armature is still ok. I think they're around $70.

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If the post is loose, you will probably have to disassemble the starter and tighten it up from the inside. I am guessing here without having looked in the book but if it's loose, it won't allow a good electrical connection and that will cause your starter problems. You should check the maintenance manual first before tearing it all apart but it seems like a logical conclusion.
If tearing it apart is the way to fix it, make sure you inspect all the other parts while it's apart. Replace any that look or test questionable.

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comming from someone who has rewound their own stator, you can do your starter too... just keep a few things in check.

pay attention to how the 'poles' of the armature are wound and connected. measure the gauge of the wire you have (you can use a set of gagued wire strippers to figure this out) Make sure the wire you buy is magnet wire, i suggest a polyester enameled one. and be very neat and slow. parts shouldnt cost you more then 30 bucks so long as the armature is ok...

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And you have tough fingers.

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Fixed!

I purchased a used starter from the internet. I sent out a parts request to a salvage site and got reply's from over 30 different salvage yards with prices and guarantees. Took a $95 deal. received it 3 days later and installed it. The bike came to life with all of its glory. Lessons learned are that one must also plan on an oil change when replacing the starter. 4 quarts of oil will do a number on the garage floor.

thanks for all of your info. Good to know there is such a great and diverse group of riders out there on this network.

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