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    Default I think I am going to cut an access hole in the bottom of my boat

    I am so damned dizzy right now from taking the stupid starter out

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    Or you could change to a top mount starter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    Or you could change to a top mount starter.
    no room...I am running twin turbos.

    The next time I change this starter is when the engine comes out hopefully not for quite some time.

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    Last season I had to crawl down there and readjust mine every 5-6 start ups cause it wasn't supported at the front. Never knew if she was gonna start for me or not when I turned the key. Since then I've got a starter support bracket and it's problem free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible_buddhist View Post
    ...I am running twin turbos.
    got any pics? what kind of set-up, chevy? mine was a pain too.i use copper exaust gaskets & reuse them. that way you can pull the log off to get to the starter

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    TB,
    I am not sure if it will work but I recently purchased a HI torque style style starter at the Long Beach swapmeet for $65.00. It was for a small block powered Land cruiser. It is much smaller and is usable for both Chev tooth counts.

    It mounts to the bottom of the block and might give you some extra room. I dont know if they are BB or SB specific but they might have one for the BB. I have had a top mounted starter for awhile now and forgot what a pain it is to change the starter.

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    I have fought that fight before and now pull the motor any time I need to replace a starter. No use fighting it when you can drop the drive line and pull the 4 mount bolts and pick it up. Tunnels are harder too. Chevy had a great idea for mountin the starter with the bolts facing down for a car. In a boat they are about as good an idea as side post batteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    I have fought that fight before and now pull the motor any time I need to replace a starter. No use fighting it when you can drop the drive line and pull the 4 mount bolts and pick it up. Tunnels are harder too. Chevy had a great idea for mountin the starter with the bolts facing down for a car. In a boat they are about as good an idea as side post batteries.
    I am getting the fucking sawzall!

    another wasted hour

    I think this one is going to take 2 people.

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    I have had 4 different Jet boats in the past and never had starter problems, I have always use the gear reduction mini starters with great sucess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fonz69 View Post
    I have had 4 different Jet boats in the past and never had starter problems, I have always use the gear reduction mini starters with great sucess
    I have one of the smaller tilton style starters...I had to pull it because I forgot to hook up one of the wires while it was out of the boat. I just can't seem to position it in any way that I can get a damned bolt started.

    I think this one is going to need a second person to thread the bolt while I hold it.

    Sorry...just an annoying night.

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    Is it possible to put in studds instead of bolts? Or at least a studd in the one thats giving you trouble?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fonz69 View Post
    Is it possible to put in studds instead of bolts? Or at least a studd in the one thats giving you trouble?
    seriously...that is a brilliant idea!

    now why the hell can't I find them in the summit catalog?
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible_buddhist View Post
    seriously...that is a brilliant idea!

    now why the hell can't I find them in the summit catalog?

    I am assuming that this is a Chevy. I would bet that if you had studs you would not be able to get the starter under the studs to get it up in place. If it was a ford this would be a different deal as they would face forward.

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    That's what I was just about to say. On a Chevy you probably can't drop the starter down enough to get it over the stud. Some are tight enough with just the bolt stuck up through the hole in the starter.


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