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    Can't seem to get starter shimmed right, if I put a ton of shims in it, I get the right 1/8" spacing, but gear will not release off the flywheel, I didn't have to shim the starter with my factory block, except to move the starter gear. away from flywheel toward the front of the block (different bolt hole locations in mount) I have 2 starters from pro line, tried both, flywheel is install with the lip out, double checked it, my guess is starter gear is engaging to far and I need to space it like I did before ( put shims on the starter to move the gear away from flywheel)
    The reason all this started was I put the motor in, rolled it over by hand, starter gear was hitting, guess I over looked before i set the motor in

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    You are a little confusing with this "away from the flywheel".
    Regular shims above the starter mount move the starter away from the flywheel, but not forward "away", but further from the center of the flywheel. Less tooth engagement.
    You seem to have an issue with the starter being too far back or the flywheel to far forward, as mounted in a car!!!! not some backwards boat installation!!!
    Normal starter shims are not meant to fix that problem if thats what you are experiencing.
    By far the easiest fix for that is to space the flywheel away from the crank. Depending on how far you need to move the flywheel, these work for me. You can use as many as 3 with no problems. If you need more than that, there is something very wrong

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    Some, or perhaps many of the imported "mini" starters have shims that fit between the body and end of the starter to help set proper gear engagement. I have not searched to buy any separate, not sure if I may have one sitting on a shelf somewhere here.

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    late night, after long day, trying to describe whats going on, wasnt my best work, but anyhow, yes i have 3 shims between the starter body and mounting block (to move starter gear foward), i had 4 shims between block and starter mount, i will see about getting some flywheel shims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obnoxious001 View Post
    Some, or perhaps many of the imported "mini" starters have shims that fit between the body and end of the starter to help set proper gear engagement. I have not searched to buy any separate, not sure if I may have one sitting on a shelf somewhere here.
    I have a few of those shims Led. And I have machined some off of those mini starters before.
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    Info, i sit and stared at this starter plus one more (3 total) on the work bench last night, thinking of my options, looking for easiest solution, i bout got the sander out to start cutting, but then i decided....just wait and do some thinking....ONE THING THAT I HATE IT A STARTER ISSUE.

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    so after a chat with my buddy, does the gear stay engaged until the engine starts? or when i let off the switch? mini starter.

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    ok i am over thinking this deal, all is good, or will be tonight, starter gear is suppose to stay engaged, until motor is running, whether u are on the starter button or not, surprise surprise

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    If uve got no plugs n it ive seen that hang alot of starters until compression is restored then no problem.

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