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Short version: Where's the best bang for your buck on an upgraded design starter clutch for an '08 vstar 1100 custom. Also what type of lubricant is used inside the starter (not the starter clutch).

Details: When I press the start button, I hear a whirring or whining sound. I believe my starter is fine. I removed it and applied power to it from a car battery. It spins and sounds similar to what I get when it's installed in the bike. (side question. What type of lubricant should I use inside the starter and also in the final drive at the wheel). Ok, so I did a test to see if the starter clutch was toast. My understanding is that if it turned both ways, it is broken. It does turn both ways. I believe I need a new starter clutch. Dealer told me 450 plus 5 hours labor.

I've been poking around for a better price and noticed there are after market parts. I believe this kit is cheap because it is the old design? http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Yamaha-VStar-V-Star-XVS-1100-XVS1100-Starter-Clutch-gasket-bolts-99-09/281560928703?_trksid=p2141725.c100338.m3726&_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIC.MBE&ao=1&asc=20141212152715&meid=0210c6d6b2264be5bd45fba64e4b0953&pid=100338&rk=3&rkt=29&sd=261465846236 for 100 bucks

I believe this kit is an after market copy of the new design by Ideal. http://www.ebay.com/itm/VStar-V-Star-XVS-1100-XVS1100-Update-One-Way-Starter-Clutch-Damper-Kits-99-09-/321661598035 for 250 bucks. I also see a verson by Niche.

And this appears to be the real Yamaha kit http://www.partspak.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=271138&gclid=CjwKEAjwnKCrBRCm1YuPrtWW0QMSJAC-5UYkD5ZgQov6wHXHDuFOLfA6znZzFzrUxUA0njGEPxlqUBoCd_3w_wcB for 350 bucks.

Any sage advice on what to buy or any problems I may run into would be appreciated!
 

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so, I am stuck at removing the starter clutch. I think I should get a locking chain clamp and some sort of gear puller?
 

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Short version: Where's the best bang for your buck on an upgraded design starter clutch for an '08 vstar 1100 custom. Also what type of lubricant is used inside the starter (not the starter clutch).

Details: When I press the start button, I hear a whirring or whining sound. I believe my starter is fine. I removed it and applied power to it from a car battery. It spins and sounds similar to what I get when it's installed in the bike. (side question. What type of lubricant should I use inside the starter and also in the final drive at the wheel). Ok, so I did a test to see if the starter clutch was toast. My understanding is that if it turned both ways, it is broken. It does turn both ways. I believe I need a new starter clutch. Dealer told me 450 plus 5 hours labor.

I've been poking around for a better price and noticed there are after market parts. I believe this kit is cheap because it is the old design? http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Yamaha-VStar-V-Star-XVS-1100-XVS1100-Starter-Clutch-gasket-bolts-99-09/281560928703?_trksid=p2141725.c100338.m3726&_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIC.MBE&ao=1&asc=20141212152715&meid=0210c6d6b2264be5bd45fba64e4b0953&pid=100338&rk=3&rkt=29&sd=261465846236 for 100 bucks

I believe this kit is an after market copy of the new design by Ideal. http://www.ebay.com/itm/VStar-V-Star-XVS-1100-XVS1100-Update-One-Way-Starter-Clutch-Damper-Kits-99-09-/321661598035 for 250 bucks. I also see a verson by Niche.

And this appears to be the real Yamaha kit http://www.partspak.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=271138&gclid=CjwKEAjwnKCrBRCm1YuPrtWW0QMSJAC-5UYkD5ZgQov6wHXHDuFOLfA6znZzFzrUxUA0njGEPxlqUBoCd_3w_wcB for 350 bucks.

Any sage advice on what to buy or any problems I may run into would be appreciated!
No offense to the aftermarket vendors....but if it was me spending 4-5 hours doing the job, I wouldn't care about "cheap" in the least. I'd stick with the genuine Yamaha stuff. "Cheap" and motorcycles don't mix.....especially with the sort of time involved with the repair...... I overwhelming prefer "proven" to "cheap" ....
 

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Sick Mick, You helped me years ago to diagnose an electrical problem. Looks like you are still doing good deads. I appreciate the link very much. Also, I will take your advice and get the real parts. So far, I have used a gear puller to get the starter clutch assembly off. Just working on getting it apart atm.
 
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