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Starter issues

Discussion in 'XJ DIY How-To Instructions' started by kenny&beth, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. kenny&beth

    kenny&beth New Member

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    Hi I've been rebuilding a second maxim x for awhile now. It's a work in progress. Lol . I have had it running a few different times and I had carb issues that took me awhile to solve. Anyway now when I go to start it the starter will turn the engine and then sounds like a gear is slipping or the starter isn't engaging all the way. My question is do you have to remove the right oil crank case cover and change the starter gear that is supposed to be engaging to start the bike or is there something else that could be causing it to grind and not turn over. Also is there any video of how to do this. I appreciate your help
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Bourbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    The first suspect is the oil. Make sure that you are not using a friction-modified oil.

    Choosing Oil for a Wet Clutch Motorcycle
    Remove the current oil (if it does not meet JASO M, MA, or MB specs), remove the starter and spray carb cleaner forward into the starter clutch to rinse out any remaining oil, and then put the correct oil in.

    The second suspect is the starter motor, battery, and all the connections inbetween. The starter HAS to spin fast enough for the starter clutch to engage without slipping.
    Load test the battery (even if it's new), clean all the connections on the wires to the starter, and if the starter has not been rebrushed do so.

    Replacing your starter motor brushes w/ pics

    The final suspect is (unfortunately) the starter clutch itself. Repair can only be done by splitting the engine cases, so leave that for last.
     
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    Humm do you mean synthetic oil when you say friction modified
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Bourbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    Nope. Friction modified oils come in all flavors and weights.

    Both ordinary and synthec oils can be made to be friction modified (for added fuel economy), or not. The key for any wet-clutch bike is to get an oil that meets the JASO specs that I mentioned eariler (more detail and links in the thread I linked earler (link in my signature too).
     
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    Thank you for expanding on that
     
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