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    Well after a 6 pack and a hack saw...I got the new bottom mount mini on. Hopefully I can pull off a you tube deal here. I can't figure out why the pinion on the starter is going back and forth(for lack of a better way to describe it). I think it may be too tight against the flexplate. Would that cause this? Bad flexplate?? Also do they make a thick or maybe a tapered starter shim. Right now I have the 2 shims they supplied with the starter under the inside bolt only.
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    the flex plate might have a little too much wobble to it, I had the exact same issue a couple of years ago. I changed out the SFI plate I had and put a better quality one on and haven't had another issue yet.

    Looking at this video you made-


    there is some wobble there although mine was a little worse.

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    Just by looking at your picture could your flexplate be on backwards? The pads for the torque converter are facing the block.

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    I keep looking at those pads and can't tell wheather the stamping is facing in or out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    I keep looking at those pads and can't tell wheather the stamping is facing in or out.
    I'll double check when I get off work....I'm pretty sure the're facing out.
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    Flex plate is on correct. Do a tooth count on the old starter and the new improved must be better cause what I payed for it starter and eliminate that possibility. Gear mesh looks wrong to me. M

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    I have had a few do that to me and I just shim the inside bolt on the starter with a thin washer, this pulls the bendix gear away from the flex plate, Have never had an issue after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crzyjay74 View Post
    I have had a few do that to me and I just shim the inside bolt on the starter with a thin washer, this pulls the bendix gear away from the flex plate, Have never had an issue after that.
    So you think I'm too tight,that was my guess...but at this point I'm not sure of anything. I guess I'll shim her out a little further and see what happens.
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    It looks really tight to me, try to loosen the starter and install the open end of the shim in the back bolt and see if it gets better, it should.

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    Is it even trying to turn the motor over? do you have enough voltage?good ground to the block?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    I keep looking at those pads and can't tell wheather the stamping is facing in or out.
    Hey Greg, Look at the bevel for the crank hub.

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    Ive had the same problem. As long as your sure you have the right starter and flex plate combo (cant really go wrong if) Cut a shim or 2 in half and stack em on the inside bolt. Put a full shim in then two or three half shims on the inside bolt. Worked like a charm for me. Id be affraid a full washer mould be too far away and might have a problem with stripping the flex plate. Just my .02

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    Fwiw I just bought a 6 pack of starter shims, installed every one, and was happy with how the gears meshed. How ever it does the same thing. I tested my cranking voltage with the multi meter on 10v, and it would dip below that(9ish). New battery time?
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