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How to Remove the Starter From the Yamaha Virago 1100

Updated July 20, 2017

The Yamaha Virago 1100 was the next generation of the Virago 750 and was manufactured from the early '80s until the late 1990s. Unlike some of its predecessors, which had flawed starter design, the 1100s starter system was greatly improved upon. The starter works in conjunction with the battery to start the bike. Despite its improvements, you may have to remove the starter if you ever have to replace it with a new one.

Raise the bike's seat to expose the spark plug and then remove the spark plug wire.

Find the bolts that hold the left side engine cover in place and then remove them with your socket set. Pull the engine cover off once you have removed these bolts.

Locate the starter. It is a round, canister-shaped piece of metal located top dead centre on the engine block.

Loosen and remove the retaining bolt mounted in the middle of the starter. Once you have pulled the bolt off, slide off the Virago's starter by hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
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