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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-06-2016, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all, I'm going to ask a question I'm afraid I already know the answer to. Have a 2006 1100 Classic with 36,000+mi. Starter spins but doesn't turn the engine over. I've read that earlier models had problems with the one way clutch but Yamaha fixed it. According to my Clymers it has a one way clutch. I'm going to pull the starter today to see if it's damaged. Any chance from others experience that I just have a bad starter or is this almost always the clutch? Also, has anyone had any experience with the cheaper clutch kit from ideal engine parts? Moneys tight right now but I don't want to be tearing this down again in 6 months. Thanks in advance
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Unfortunately it's probably the starter clutch from your description. I've never changed mine.....but if it ever goes out I'm sticking to Yamaha parts. I have seen issues with the cheap imports...too many times for me to want to risk it. I can't see buying the same thing twice because I was trying to save a few bucks. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion....

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Even the latest OEM Yamaha parts wont over come bad starting practices.
Are your starting practices good ones?
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I think your right Sick Mick. I dug into some of the reviews and a lot of them say the parts didn't fit right and some said they failed quickly. So if it's between not riding and living on Top Ramon looks like I'll have to bite the bullet. JK it's not that bad, but if it was...
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Farmalldanzil: Honestly, I didn't even know there was starting procedures until I started digging into these threads. I've been hard on the clutch more then once. Lesson learned
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what is it with 1100s and the starter clutch. do these engines have a habit of kicking back or something which would crack the race on the one way bearing. also a lot of posts about cam timing messing up after changing one. i always mark every gear in a cam timing system whether it needed to be lined or not and never had a problem, i can't understand why 1100s are so tough to get the timing right.

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I think your right Sick Mick. I dug into some of the reviews and a lot of them say the parts didn't fit right and some said they failed quickly. So if it's between not riding and living on Top Ramon looks like I'll have to bite the bullet. JK it's not that bad, but if it was...
it looks like the reinforced ones have larger rollers it sure looks stronger

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Even the latest OEM Yamaha parts wont over come bad starting practices.
Are your starting practices good ones?
exactly, never engage a starter when things are still moving sometimes the engine will stop for a second then roll back, if the starter engages on the roll back.. bang go's the one way bearing!!!

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Many people try to start the 1100 by cranking the starter for 2-3 seconds and expect it to start every time...like an FI vehicle. Then when it doesn't start, they crank the throttle open which throws the timing out (TPS) and this can cause the motor to kick back and damage the starter clutch. This is compounded by repeated 2-3 second stabs on the starter...which only increases the odds of failure.

You start an 1100 by holding the start button down until it starts. No throttle....no letting up (within reason)

Even with a starter clutch replacement.....it's about the only semi-expensive thing to ever go wrong with these bikes...and 80%+ are self inflicted. A $400 repair bill in the life of a motorcycle isn't much at all..... Most other big name brands you'd be in far more than that.

It isn't all that hard to keep the timing straight....you just need to keep it straight, like you mentioned, as simple as marking things correctly.

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Even with a starter clutch replacement.....it's about the only semi-expensive thing to ever go wrong with these bikes...and 80%+ are self inflicted. A $400 repair bill in the life of a motorcycle isn't much at all..... Most other big name brands you'd be in far more than that.
I wish it was a $400 repair bill. 3 quotes now from both dealerships and an independent mechanic, all coming in a $1000 for parts and labor.

I am not confident in my ability to repair it correctly. Now the bike sits for the rest of the already short season here in southern Ontario.

Sigh.

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