How to Remove a Yamaha Motor Starter

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A starter motor is an important component in a Yamaha motorcycle, allowing the engine to be started with the push of a button. The removal of a malfunctioning starter isn't a complicated task but the amount of work required depends on the type of motorcycle you own. Cruiser models, such as the Virago and V-Star, are equipped with starters on the front of the motors for easy access. Sport models, such as the R1 and R6, have starter motors that are beneath their fairings, air boxes and fuel systems.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Allen wrenches
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Service stand
  • Socket wrench and sockets

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Instructions

    Cruiser Models

  1. 1

    Remove the seat from your Yamaha motorcycle to access the battery by utilising either the keyed seat latch or by unscrewing the seat's mounting bolts with an Allen wrench. Disconnect the battery's negative cable with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the cable away from the battery and your motorcycle's frame.

  2. 2

    Place your motorcycle on its centre stand, if equipped, or place it on a service stand.

  3. 3

    Pull the rubber boot off of the starter motor's electrical leads. Unscrew the nut from the starter motor's terminal with a socket wrench. Pull the lead off of the terminal.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the bolts that secure the starter motor to the front of the motor's crankcase with a socket wrench. Pull the starter out of the motor's crankcase, then pull it away from the motorcycle's frame.

    Sport Models

  1. 1

    Remove the seat from your Yamaha motorcycle to access the battery by utilising using either the keyed seat latch or by unscrewing the seat's mounting bolts with an Allen wrench. Disconnect the battery's negative cable with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the cable away from the battery and your motorcycle's frame.

  2. 2

    Place your motorcycle on its centre stand, if equipped, or place it on a service stand.

  3. 3

    Set the gas tank's fuel valve to the "Off" position. Remove the bolts from the front and the base of the fuel tank with a socket wrench. Pull the fuel lines off of the tank's fuel valve, then lift the tank away from the motorcycle's frame.

  4. 4

    Remove the screws that secure the air box to the motor with a Phillips screwdriver. Loosen the clamps that attach the air box to the carburettors or throttle bodies with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the air box off of the motor.

  5. 5

    Loosen the clamps that secure the carburettors or throttle bodies to the motor with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the carburettors or throttle bodies off of the motor to access the starter motor.

  6. 6

    Pull the rubber boot off of the starter motor's electrical leads. Unscrew the nut from the starter motor's terminal with a socket wrench. Pull the lead off of the terminal.

  7. 7

    Unscrew the bolts that secure the starter motor to the motor's crankcase with a socket wrench. Pull the starter out of the motor's crankcase, then pull it out of from the motorcycle's frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Refer to a service manual for detailed starter motor removal and installation instructions specific to your Yamaha motorcycle.
  • Always disconnect the negative battery cable before working on your motorcycle's electrical system. Failure to do so could result in injury or damage caused by an electrical shock.

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