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    Default What's the best top mount starter??

    What are you guy's having good luck with?? I'm pretty frustrated right now and I don't want to say anything I'll regret. I'll stick up a pic in a minute. Of todays carnage. My boat almost started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    What are you guy's having good luck with?? I'm pretty frustrated right now and I don't want to say anything I'll regret. I'll stick up a pic in a minute. Of todays carnage. My boat almost started.
    I myself prefer one that works. They seem to be the most common.
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    Tilton's, Delco, and The little guy, that JBP is selling. I'm using the Lightning motor plate, and starter adapter. Never had any issue with any of them, just what I've used on projects.
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    Just curious... I think I'm ready to jump ship. Maybe I should have through bolted the 1/16" bolt.lol It's hard to tell from the pic but the other side is together. I'm a little extra frustrated, I've been without a starter for a while. The first time I got it back. In time to run the day after thanksgiving, my rebuilt starter wouldn't even turn the flexplate. Fwiw(the second time I got it back) it turned the motor over fine, until I hooked the dist back up.

    Here is the other side
    Edit: fwiw the starter company has been polite and helpful(paid for the shipping back ect). Just getting a little concerned now.
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    I have had real good luck with these

    I use the big one for a back ran for two years

    The small one has been on my boat for 3 yrs now

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    i use the the heavy cast iron chevy 4 speed one you can get any where at pep boys auto zone with 13to 1 and a locked out distributor its been in for over 10 years and no broken nose and if it takes a dump its ez to replace and my boat stays on the water not the trailer

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    Quote Originally Posted by 787chuck View Post
    i use the the heavy cast iron chevy 4 speed one you can get any where at pep boys auto zone with 13to 1 and a locked out distributor its been in for over 10 years and no broken nose and if it takes a dump its ez to replace and my boat stays on the water not the trailer
    I didn't know you could get a top mount/reverse rotation starter from pep boys
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    I didn't know you could get a top mount/reverse rotation starter from pep boys
    I don't belive you can ? I suspect Chuck was meaning a "bottom mount" in response to your question . Kreg what "precipitated this latest deal? JK did you get the pinion depth engagement/plate adaptor deal ironed out ? is there a chance this was a "too much initial timing issue (starter "kick back") ? Tom

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    Default bad muthaf*cker

    Mike Miller got in touch with IMI and figured this one out.

    It spins over my 15 to 1 motor like it has no spark plugs in it.
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    that top bolt hole sure looks hogged out... can you get a new nose piece that has round holes with the right diameter?

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    The holes in the IMI starters do not locate the starter. Oblong holes shouldn't matter, as long as it fits tight into the starter adapter. But I would always check engagement with dykem
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    I run the large 14MT DELCO STARTER MERCRUISER MARINE as well since 91'. Never an issue. 489ci, locked out dist, supercharged.
    Even had an old motor Hydraulic once (stuck fuel solenoid, NOS) still turned the dam thing over.

    Run a flexplate no Flyheel...FYI

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    Those beefy heavy duty starters from IMI are nice.

    Still a huge fan of Tilton starters, they do make a top mount reverse rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivereliminator View Post
    I run the large 14MT DELCO STARTER MERCRUISER MARINE as well since 91'. Never an issue. 489ci, locked out dist, supercharged.
    Even had an old motor Hydraulic once (stuck fuel solenoid, NOS) still turned the dam thing over.

    Run a flexplate no Flyheel...FYI


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    I had one of those in my 21' cruiser, that was one great starter. no problem with 10.5 to 1 locked out dizzy. always started.
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