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    Running a BBF w/top mount starter and separate solenoid.
    Typical Ford setup.


    The solenoid on my boat has lived it's life.
    Sometimes it gets hot and makes me wait an hour to restart.
    Sometimes it starts right up.
    Yesterday it stranded me for the final time.
    I am changing the thing.

    Is there one brand that is better than all the rest?
    The ones at the speed shops are $25-$30.
    The ones at Kragen are $25-$30.

    They all LOOK the same, buy the name on the box is always different.

    What is the definitive way to go on this?

    I truly hated being towed into shore yesterday by a fishing boat with a trolling motor.......rather shave my head with a cheese grater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jet460 View Post
    The solenoid on my boat has lived it's life.
    Sometimes it gets hot and makes me wait an hour to restart.
    Sometimes it starts right up.
    Yesterday it stranded me for the final time.
    I am changing the thing.

    Is there one brand that is better than all the rest?
    The ones at the speed shops are $25-$30.
    The ones at Kragen are $25-$30.

    They all LOOK the same, buy the name on the box is always different.

    What is the definitive way to go on this?

    I truly hated being towed into shore yesterday by a fishing boat with a trolling motor.......rather shave my head with a cheese grater.
    This is pretty far out in left field, but i run a suzuki starter solenoid....
    Partially because i have had a dozen zuki motorcycles,i did m/c repair for 15 years and have never seen one fail....they are designed for a 40 amp load...waterproof, smaller than ford and will trigger with 40' of 20 gauge wire...and i have a hydro and it must start first time....they come zuki electric start from like 1976...till at least '05...same one...same y/g trigger wirehttp://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-Suzuki-GS550-GS-550-Starter-Solenoid-


    b like this one

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-...Q5fAccessories


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    Interesting concept. 40 amps doesn't seem like a lot.
    I've got a BBF, and that has to draw more than 40amps, no?

    But it starts yours ok, huh?

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    I have a High Torque CVR starter new in parts spam if interested. It won't fit my application. Let me know if you want it. Still have the box. $125 you pay the for the ride.

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    Just buy a high torque mini (style) starter with the soleniod on it (Ford factory on '97 460) it will turn the motor over sooo much better.
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    Nice!

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    I have a top mounter starter.
    Will it bolt up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet460 View Post
    I have a top mounter starter.
    Will it bolt up?
    That I don't know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet460 View Post
    Interesting concept. 40 amps doesn't seem like a lot.
    I've got a BBF, and that has to draw more than 40amps, no?

    But it starts yours ok, huh?
    Go to Ford and buy a starter solenoid for a big block truck or buy a brand name unit from a parts house. Napa would probably better than any of the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sold honda.bought hondo View Post
    This is pretty far out in left field, but i run a suzuki starter solenoid....
    Partially because i have had a dozen zuki motorcycles,i did m/c repair for 15 years and have never seen one fail....they are designed for a 40 amp load...waterproof, smaller than ford and will trigger with 40' of 20 gauge wire...and i have a hydro and it must start first time....they come zuki electric start from like 1976...till at least '05...same one...same y/g trigger wirehttp://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-Suzuki-GS550-GS-550-Starter-Solenoid-


    b like this one

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-...Q5fAccessories


    Are you using the Suzuki unit to trigger a Ford starter or the solenoid "S" terminal on a GM -type starter? There is a big difference. The GM-type solenoid can be triggered by a simple Bosch type relay. The OP of this thread needs a solenoid capable of carrying at least 200 amps for a Ford type starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet460 View Post
    I have a top mounter starter.
    Will it bolt up?
    No, it wont, but there are gear reduction starters made for your application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldsquirt View Post
    Go to Ford and buy a starter solenoid for a big block truck or buy a brand name unit from a parts house. Napa would probably better than any of the others.

    Yeah, Napa would be a good idea...I just refuse to buy another "Chinese prison" brand part. Bit me too many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet460 View Post
    Yeah, Napa would be a good idea...I just refuse to buy another "Chinese prison" brand part. Bit me too many times.
    I agree 100%.

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    If you have a top mounted starter that mounts in the rear, it is a reverse wound starter. Can't use a regular starter.

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    cyclone speed and marine hooked me up with a real nice mini starter for my ford after similar problems. 4 + years and no problems

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