EnDuraLast starter

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by oldroadie, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. oldroadie

    oldroadie Two wheel addict

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    Who has had good or bad experience with an EnDuraLast starter for a /5? My R75 isn't going to be seeing any kind of heavy, endurance usage...just light weekday warrior stuff...and the new EnDuralast isn't much more than the 8 tooth gear and solenoid I need to refurbish that rotten old Bosch. Thumbs up? Thumbs down?
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  2. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    I installed one in my '75 R90S. No complaints, so far. It is still fairly new and working just fine. Time will tell...
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  3. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    Never heard of or had any issues.
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    I believe the enduralast starters are the chinese valeo clones available from many sources which can vary in quality drastically. If I recall, the warranty he offers on them is predictably short. They definitely are cheap though.
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  5. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    It's definitely a case for the old adage "you get what you pay for"
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  6. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Somehow the idea of Chinese knock-offs of a French starter for the Premiere German motorcycle is just... wrong. :eek1
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  7. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Actually I went and looked and he does offer a 1 year warranty on it. Not bad. I just think it's ironic that it's called the Enduralast when out of the three brands he offers, it's the least likely to either "endure" or "last." I can't knock the guy's charging system. It's worked fine for me and their customer service has been great in my experience. I've never owned one of the enduralast starters so I can't really knock it, but I've just heard bad stuff about generic valeo clones in general, just not theirs specifically.
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  8. mpilot

    mpilot Adventurer

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    How does the Enduralast starter compare to the Nippondenso starter from Motorrad Elektrik?
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  9. igormortis

    igormortis Cafe Reise

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    Mine neither endured or lasted. Had it installed for a little under a year before it failed. I wouldn't dilute the otherwise excellent brand with these knockoffs it it were my company - but bear in mind I'm only basing this on my one experience.

    In short - I cannot recommend, but neither can I condemn from my sample of ONE

    I could have had the warranty honoured no-doubt, but I decided that the parts were more useful as donor bits: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18212547&postcount=47
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  10. T800

    T800 Adventurer

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    Have had one in my R100GS for a year, no issues at all ...
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  11. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    I have one of the valeo clones on my 1070 bike, bought from motoren Israel very cheaply, it has given me about 4 years of service, it does not have to work too hard as the bike starts really well.

    If the stories about reliability put you off, just buy the 8 tooth valeo from the same firm.
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  12. oldroadie

    oldroadie Two wheel addict

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    They did and I did, new Valeo on the way. Thanks for the replies everybody.
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  13. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    I'd modify the old adage a bit to "you don't always get what you do pay for, but you always don't get what you don't pay for."

    In other words, plenty of things are overpriced, but very very few things are underpriced.
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  14. oldroadie

    oldroadie Two wheel addict

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    That's really timely service from John, it came in the mail today. Now for a wee bit file dressing to get it to drop cleanly into the motor and then it's back to figuring out the jets and restrictor discs. Sure is light, too.

    Addendum:
    I had to file and dress about 1mm off each side of the top edge of the mount to get a clean, flush bolt up. It really spins the motor nicely, sounds totally different, fired the bike right up. Back to tuning...
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  15. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    Hey, that's signature line material!
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  16. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    well you get what you pay for...$350 for the Nippy Starter. I almost bought the Nippy, but ended up buying a ...shhhh, used Valeo, with springs and not glued magnets. For my R1150RS, on the airhead I went with just rebuilding the big ole reliable.rebuildable Bosch. It's a pig, weighs a ton, uses lots of CCA's, but it hangs in there.
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