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I have read in the manual that the starter motor must be changed with the engine out of the frame!!
Is this correct?
If it is why?
What can you do/access/ see with engine out that you cannot with it in.
If this is correct what a crap design!!
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The starter motor will come easily out without taking the engine off the frame.But if there are problems with the starter clutch then you have to take the engine off.
 

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I have taken the starter out on my 84 aspencade 1200 many times and you do not have to take out the motor to do so. Just put it on the center stand and when you take out the bolts I find a 1/4 inch drive works best with a Universal joint and socket. When it's time to put it all back together just use a magnet with a telosopic arm and just guide the bolt back in. One of them can be done with ease but the back one is a little harder. When the starter comes out from the engine housing rotate it up a litle then the spline comes free of the housing. Hope this helps let us know how you make out.
 

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on my 1100 i just put it on the sidestans and unbolt the starter just make sure the sproket the starter slots in does not fall in to the engine if it does take the engine out
 

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I had trouble with the starter hitting the rear-most exhaust stud. So I simply removed the short section of frame tube. Not difficult at all. Of course you have to rfemove the header to get the frame member off.



Not too bad a job (on a 1000 anyway).



Good Luck!!
 

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NO and hell no..... =) I never understood why the FSM (factory service manual) would say that. Go to my site and click on "Tech Tips" for a step-by-step how to on gettin' that starter out without tearing your ride apart. =)
 

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thanks guys

Changed starter in about 1 hour took longer because had to remove one exhaust stud bit of a pain but not too bad.

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