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DIY electric starter for panhead?

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DIY electric starter for panhead?


Post by janvanderasdonk » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:33 pm

ok, so i'm building this custom scooter, using a '48 beauty, with high compression. i weigh approx. 150 pounds but can easily stand on the kick lever without it giving a budge (is that normal?). so the kicking is heavy, and with me having bad knees, i assume i won't be enjoying this into the near future. even though i got it running in 2 kicks the other day.

so i need a starter. i know tech cycle sells the kit, but that's a lot of money. university student here, can't afford to sell another kidney.

so in knowing i already built the entire bike by hand, i might as well construct some starter stuff. figure i need a starter, the right gear on the starter and matching ring on the transmission. next a bigger battery and something to put the starter setup onto the tranny.

so, you guys, what kind of starter would be suitable? one from a small car? or just a regular 1.4kW tornado starter? i'm trying to do this for little money, so any help is greatly appreciated. i was thinking of milling my own bracket and everything needed to attach the starter setup.

thanks in advance,


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Re: DIY electric starter for panhead?


Post by john HD » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:42 pm

here is a right side starter russ peterson built and sells.



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Re: DIY electric starter for panhead?


Post by panhead » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:16 am

There are several articles in the Knowledge Base about this subject (section Transmission and clutch)

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Re: DIY electric starter for panhead?


Post by Panacea » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:45 am

Jan, just for kicks, try only letting the kicker pedal come up to the 9:00 position, then a nice mellow kick. You'll be surprised how easy your pan can start!...Mike

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