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My starter solenoid has been acting up for some time. Every now and then it would just click, and not actually engage the starter. Now with the cold weather upon me, all it does is click.

I went to Auto Zone and paid a whole $7.98 for a heavy duty tractor starter solenoid. Since my street fighter is all custom, I bolted the solenoid to the frame. You'll have to come up with your own mounting if you have a stock airbox and all, but the frame of the solenoid must be grounded somehow.

Then I got some wire and some spare spade connectors. One wire goes from the trigger post on the starter solenoid, and the other end has a spade connector which plugs into the stock starter solenoid connector, at to the yellow/red wire.

The other wire goes from the battery positive, to a generic spade fuse connector, and has a spade connector on the end that plugs into the connector at the white wire.

Works flawlessly, and my starter actually spins much faster now.


Just wanted to clue you guys into a DIRT CHEAP replacement. It takes some modification, but it works great. I've also done this mod on an early Yamaha Virago and it basically SOLVED my starter problems. (Viragos are notorious for clunky grinding starters). This cheap little solenoid flows a LOT more juice than a 20+ year old corroded Kawasaki part, and it's completely sealed so it can't corrode like the stocker.

Charles.
 

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really, any 12v stand alone solenoid will fit the bill just fine.  ford makes a few i believe... hell, a screw-driver would do the trick.
 

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Wow, that's cool.

Can you make any quick sketches or descriptions on the mods?

Are you talking drilling & grinding?
Welding and fabricating? (trickier)
 

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very cool, and creative.
 

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For the average install, no drilling, grinding, welding, or fabricating is required. You need some wire, some blade connectors, some solder, and some heat shrink. A few round connectors (like on the battery cables) would be a good idea, but you can just wrap the wire around the post in a pinch.

For a stock EX, you'll need two pieces of wire, a 10mm nut and bolt, an automotive fuse holder, and two flat blade (male) connectors.

First, remove the starter solenoid and the fuse. Put the fuse into the new fuse holder you purchased. Attach one side of the fuse holder's wires to the positive battery terminal. Solder on a blade connector to the other side. Plug that blade connector into the solenoid connector on the wiring harness, at the white wire.

Take a short piece of wire, and solder a blade connector on one side. This goes to the yellow/red wire in the solenoid connector on the wiring harness. Wrap the other side around the post on the brand new starter solenoid you purchased, and bolt it down with the included hardware.

Take a long piece of wire, and using the 10mm nut and bolt, attach it to one of the mounting bosses on the new starter solenoid. Attach the other side to any convenient ground.

Now attach the battery cable and the starter cable to the solenoid. You're done.

Also, my initial post was wrong... that was an Advance Auto I got the solenoid at. Auto Zone is right across the street.

I'll take a pic later today and post it tonight.

Charles.
 

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Nice, thanks again.

I wonder what the difference is for current draw, this mod vs stock solenoid.
Any educated guesses out there... or maybe actual measurements?
 

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just one thing now. wrap the other side around the post. well is that the post on the side of the starter or the side of the battery? my best guess it the side of the starter.
ChopperCharles said:
Take a short piece of wire, and solder a blade connector on one side. This goes to the yellow/red wire in the solenoid connector on the wiring harness. Wrap the other side around the post on the brand new starter solenoid you purchased, and bolt it down with the included hardware.


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adio...doubt you'll get an answer...note his post is from '07!

and you've started another thread on this too....
 
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