Several weeks ago, the starter on the 76 R90/6 gave up the ghost and wouldn't start the bike anymore. Huge voltage draw--pulling from 12.5 v to about 8. i reached the conclusion that enough smoke had leaked out over the years that it got weak. I ordered an Arrowhead starter, made in China. The Ebay vendor supplied the cross reference numbers, it it was a "direct" replacement for my old Bosch. $59 shipped from California--it was here in two days. Did a picture. image hosting 20mb I removed the old starter today, looks like it was pickled in saltwater! The new starter is a lot lighter & smaller than the 40 year old Bosch. The front plate from the Bosch doesn't line up with the bolts on the new one. The bolt up ears on the drive end do--perfectly. They are threaded, and to get the starter in, I had to drill the left side ear out to slip the mounting bolt through--and it took about a 15mm longer bolt. I can anticipate all the patter about "Chinese junk" and can say that under $60 is a pretty good gamble. Plus, there's a guy in town who's parting out a 75 R60/6 (got a trannie from him in the past) who has a Bosch starter for me for $35, which I may buy as a back up. I haven't tried the chinese junk yet, but I can say that it appears to very good quality--machining looks good, it is finely finished, and the hardware looks good. Opinions on leaving the front stabilizer plate off the starter? If I use one, I'll have to do some fabrication. Is that plate really necessary?