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recently purchased a 1986 1100 shadow, seems to turn over slowly, starter rebuild time.. attempting to remove starter. manual seems vague, suggested that i remove  a couple of covers, take out starter gear  and another limiter gear, and the starter should  come out, but there doesn t seem to be room. will I have to remove the next cover, behind the shift lever , to get  the starter out? there doesnt seem to be enough room for the starter to move back.. thanks

Frank, there are two major items for the starter system on that model   #4 and 5

and the starter motor, itself. I haven't worked on these bikes for that kind of repair, but what I see on the microfiche shows two vertical bolts that hold the starter into the case. Removing the two bolts should allow the starter motor to just slide straight out, if nothing else is in the way.

I found a site with a copy of the Hayne's book online... section 9-18

Motor removal is straight forward.  If you are working on the starter drive/torque limiter parts, those are on the left.

For more specific assistance, if that doesn't help, try

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.


I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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