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Offline Ted Bundy

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Replacing starter chain
« on: January 24, 2020, 06:39:51 PM »
Hi. I'm going to replace the starter/rotor chain. It is so Louise so its slowly grinding its way through the aluminum. As I understand, the rotor must be pulled of and put back with the the chain. Is this the right way to do it? And I need to buy a flywheel puller. Is the correct size 16x1.5 ?  Many thanks in advance and have a great weekend 🙂🍹
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Re: Replacing starter chain
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2020, 09:26:43 PM »
Yes that is the correct size for the flywheel puller . The rotor can be removed with a gear puller but it is best to have the right tool. Take photos of the process so that you will get the pieces back in the right order . The starter chain is a one piece item that will lift off with its sprockets . Read other people’s articles on this subject to give you an idea of what’s involved .

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Re: Replacing starter chain
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2020, 09:37:38 PM »
Thanks for the input 😀
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Re: Replacing starter chain
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 09:31:17 AM »
We talking about the same chain- the starter chain can be removed quite easily without touching the rotor?
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Re: Replacing starter chain
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 05:58:14 PM »
I had followed the Haynes manuals instructions and taken the rotor off . When I actually did the job like you say the starter chain did just lift off though I thought that perhaps the new chain would have less slack in it to allow this . The smaller sprocket does just lift off its shaft to allow for this (it will be held in place by the engine case when rebuilt).I was however also replacing the starter motor springs etc so I needed it to be removed. So yes I will concede you can just replace this chain with the rotor in place .

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Re: Replacing starter chain
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2020, 12:33:09 PM »
Thats good news 🙂 I bought a NOS chain and IT Will probably arrive in a week.
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