Question about 1981 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing
Starter removal from a Wing is pretty straightforward: Before you remove the starter, however, make sure it needs to be removed. I say this because Honda starter relays are notorious for getting old and rusting up over time. They may look good on the outside, but the solenoid inside the case starts to stick. If you think the starter solenoid may be bad and want to check the relay first, do the following:
This process will be a little different if your motorcycle has running boards or other �goodies� attached to it. (you�ll need to get those goodies out of your way first).
NOW, the starter can usually be removed without dropping the exhaust IF you have the following: Skinny fingers, lots of patience and a � drive ratchet, deep well 8 mm socket and a swivel extension. (I�m a pretty big dude, but I have gotten the �art� down to being able to remove a starter without goofing with the exhaust in about 10 minutes).
If you CANNOT remove the starter without dropping the exhaust (it gets in the way of the front bottom starter bolt), do the following:
1. Motorcycle on center stand.
2. Disconnect starter cable from starter AND positive/ negative wires from battery (Just to be certain) =)
3. Key off and make sure the bike is sitting firmly on the center stand (Don�t wanna� be a Goldwing waffle if the thing decides to fall over on ya�)
4. Remove ALL four exhaust bolts from the bottom of the head. Shoot them with WD 40 or some other penetrant before trying to get �em off, because they will pretty much be �welded� in place if they haven�t been removed in awhile. The bolts are 11mm.
5. Once all four bolts are off, take something long and pry down on the exhaust. You are trying to move the exhaust down about two-three inches to get it out of the way of the front, bottom starter bolt. If the exhaust is stubborn, loosen the muffler mounting bolt holding the muffler onto the bike (located near the rear of the bike).
6. Using an 8mm socket and ratchet, remove the top and bottom starter bolts. (Remember, �Lefty loosey---Righty tighty�� I�m not being a smart ***� I STILL get turned around when I am laying under a bike) =)
7. NOW, the starter will probably be �stuck� into the engine at this point. It won�t want to wiggle much� To remove it from the engine itself, I use a short spade screwdriver and gently pry back on the starter where it enters the block. Sometimes, a couple of gentle whacks with a rubber hammer will help loosen it.
8. Once loosened, the starter will pull out of the engine block. It�s a little tricky, but move it around until it drops free from the engine block and falls down between the block and exhaust pipes.
9. Once the starter is out of the block, gently reach into the block with your index finger. You will feel a chain and a COG. Make sure the cog is sitting IN the chain. I�ve never had it happen, but I guess the starter cog COULD somehow fall into the engine block if you�re not careful (NOT a good thing!)
10. When you go to replace the starter, reverse the procedure. Be AWARE, however, that the shaft of the starter has to fit INTO the starter cog which is sitting in the drive chain. The cog only goes onto the starter shaft a couple of ways so be patient. You will know when the starter is correctly seated against the engine block when the starter bolt holes line up. If ya� have it, rub a small dab of anti-seize compound on the starter bolts before inserting.
11. Reverse the procedure, making sure everything is tightened.
12. You can usually successfully �rebuild� a Honda starter two or three times before it is beyond saving. If you�re not gonna� rebuild the starter DON�T throw it away. Those critters still have value even if they are �dead�. (Worth about 10- 20 bux on Ebay even if they�re dead)=)
Posted on Nov 19, 2009
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