My 84 GL1200 has been a bit slugglish to start. Clasic weak starter - starts OK cold, won't turn over the engine when it's hot. The bike has about 75000 miles.
I bought a rebuild kit of ebay. Now that I am into the rebuild I am wondering if he problem was elsewhere. When I got the starter out, I noticed there as a sticker from a rebuilder. I know some of the history of the bike.It was not done by the previous owner.
After opening up the starter, I found the brushes to be in good shape, not noticable shorter than the new ones. There was a light coating of carbon dust on everything. Much less than I was expecting. The bearing was not turning freely at first, but after working it a bit it spins nicely, and seems tight. The kit came with 2 bearings, neither of which were the right ones for the '84 starter. The bushing didn't seem to have any play in it. I replaced anyways since it came in the kit.
I am a little concerned about the bearing. I sprayed brake cleaner to clean up the starter. I didn't explicitly spray the brearing, but it mysteriously started spinning freely while I was basicly playing with it. I don't feel any grit. I am concerned about te amount of lubrication inthe bearing.
I had to abandon work tonight when I discovered I didn't have any grease to repack the planetary gears or lube the bushing.
I guess the worst that can happen is I get to rebuild it again