Starter problem

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  • k69mj

Posted December 20, 2005 - 11:32 PM


Lately I'm having big issues with my 03 WR450 starter. The bike never started as good as my old DR350.

At first the starter sometimes did not spin, all I could hear was the clicking sound of the relay. I thought it was the battery, but after trying everything I found that the connection between the rotor winding and commutator was bad (had that soldered) - it was fine for about a month.

Now again problems - the starter spins, but it seems that it either spins to slow (another bad connection ?) or the starter clutch is slipping.

I would replace the starter motor, but the price is a bit high here in Europe (360 $), since there is no one that can assure me that it is not going to fail again within the next year or two. The KTM part is 230 $, it makes me wonder if my next bike should be orange.

The bike usually starts first kick.

Any suggestions ?

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted December 21, 2005 - 06:35 AM


The 03 WR450 was notorious for starter problems... I replaced mine too. I would try to find a starter in the states somewhere cheap and have it shippped to you .. Sorry you're having a bad time, I do understand. A starter's cheaper than a new bike... You need to fix it regarless... :applause:

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  • ETP

Posted December 21, 2005 - 07:06 AM


Some of the guys here at TT have rebuilt thier starters to save money. They have discussed it in detail. Try a search of this forum on the subject.

  • StreetbikePimp

Posted December 21, 2005 - 01:39 PM


My 03 WR starts like crap with the e-button also, but would start with 1-2 kicks everytime.

Finally got sick of it's inconsistancy, and just removed all of the starter related components and just kick start it.

  • skibum91

Posted December 21, 2005 - 02:35 PM


I've got all the starter componets from a 04 450 if you would like to buy them.


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