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Cant find a starter for my 81 yamaha maxium 650 will a 1980 or 1982 starter work

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Sorry i took so long to get back to you Did some research has to be 1981 one year only found one on ebay hope thats helps Sono the 1980 or 1982 wont work MOPAR KENNY

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Hi, Sarah before testing any electrical component in the Starter Circuit it is "IMPERATIVE" that you have a fully charged battery of 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test because your battery may have 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amps causing the battery to be faulty and must be replaced, especially "AGM" batteries.
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Dumb question, but did you check the fuse? if so,
wiring could be the culprit. You can dissasemble the starter button and check it (its just a contact button). Or you can jump your harness to see if rest is working (this requires some electrical knowledge).

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