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Starter grinding
Old 05-30-2018, 10:17 PM
Thejeepdoctor Thejeepdoctor is offline
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Hello all, Iím new to this forum. Iím working on my friends 95 v-max. I believe itís a 1200. When cranking bike it makes a grinding noise. When bike is cranking, it goes nerk nerk crunch, nerk nerk crunch. Is there any common issues with the starter overrun clutch? He has a Clymers manual, so I have an idea of what Iím getting into. Thanks.
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Re: Starter grinding
Old 05-31-2018, 05:36 AM
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From what you describe it sounds like the starter clutch. This is a (relatively) common issue.

Assuming that is the case then replace all of the relevant components and consider a HD starter clutch replacement (something like this? but I'll let others make their recommendations).
When re-assembling use permanent Locktite on the retaining screws and (important) use a gasket on the cover.

The main issue seems to be getting the flywheel off. This is normally due to a flimsy puller, with stretchy bolts.
This arrangement works and in my experience, the flywheel comes off without any difficulty. I had to put a taper on one end of the pillars which isn't mentioned.

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It is kept off the ground by Dymags coupled with Racetech springs and emulators at the front and White Power shocks at the back.
It is slowed down with an ISR radial master cylinder and six pot callipers grabbing onto Braking wave discs.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:03 AM
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The sound you are hearing is the starter clutch slipping. It is due to a weak design by Yamaha.
Search this forum for "starter clutch" related issues. There are many to read as I had to replace mine and read all of them. It's a pretty easy fix.

If you want to skip all the posts and go straight to the procedure, try this:
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