How to Replace a Starter on a Yamaha V Star 1100

The electric starter motor built into your Yamaha V-Star 1100 offers a quick and convenient way to starting the motorcycle's 1063cc V-twin motor. In general, the starter motor provide several years of reliable service. However, the starter is sensitive to heat, much of which is generated by extended or improper usage, which damages the carbon brushes that spin the motor. Most failures normally appear as a sluggishly-turning motor or a complete lack of movement, both of which require total replacement of the starter. Fortunately, the starter is mounted to the front of the V-Star's motor, simplifying its replacement.

Unscrew the bolt from the top corner of your V-Star's right side cover, located below the of the rider's seat, using a 5mm Allen wrench. Pull the cover off the grommets built into the V-Star's frame to access the battery.

Unscrew the negative terminal's bolt with a Phillips screwdriver, then lift the negative cable off the battery.

Unscrew the starter lead's nut from top of the starter motor, positioned at the front of the motor's crankcase, using a 10mm socket and a socket wrench. Lift the starter lead off the starter motor's terminal.

Unscrew both bolts from the right side of the starter motor, using a 12mm socket and a socket wrench. Pull the starter motor slightly away from the motor's crankcase, then pull it to the right of the motorcycle until the starter has been removed completely.

Slip the new starter motor's sprocket, positioned on the left end of the starter motor, into the V-Star's crankcase. Screw the starter motor's mounting bolts into place, using a 12mm socket and a socket wrench. Tighten the bolts to 7.3 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench.

Place the starter lead over the starter motor's terminal, then tighten the terminal nut with a 10mm socket and a socket wrench.

Place the negative cable onto the battery's negative terminal. Tighten the terminal's bolt with a Phillips screwdriver. Push the right cover into the grommets built into your V-Star's frame, then tighten the cover's mounting bolt with a 5mm Allen wrench.

Things You'll Need

  • 5mm Allen wrench
  • 10mm and 12mm sockets
  • Socket wrench
  • Starter motor
  • Torque wrench
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An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.