making your own electric starter

mikelavite#72

Premium User
yes we have made 3 of them i think ? you will get a better answer if you tell us what engine you plan on starting first . stocker or open modified ? it does make a differance
 
I used a Toyota Camry starter turns the correct way, a motor cycle battey,used a piece of aluminum and folded around everything for size, buy a clutch arm for correct socket size I think Dixie karting use to have them not sure of model year of starter but we have used it for many years starting open animals and stockers hope this helps you. also some kind of push button to start. Maddawg
 
I made several, long time back, best ones used sprag clutch needle bearings, also made one using a BBC starter motor, with brushes rotated 90* for correct rotation, heavy , but it would spin anything. Bast thing I ever did was buy a new Coleman.
 

sCREamnClones

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I made a ambidextrous starter for my dual-clone from a conventional kart starter. It's funny seeing people's expressions when they 1st see it. Very simple and effective! BTW....sprags are over-kill on small motors. jmo
 

GeorgeHenry

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I use my 2009 Shelby GT500 starter it will crank anything after all it was for a 550hp motor , I got it from a friend that wanted a High torque aftermarket starter best 100 bucks spent. I even got the Ford dealership to get me a medal stamp plate to put on starter that read SHELBY GT 500. Best setup starter for all opens.
 
The first one I ever built was made from a Ford 6v starter. Got brushes with longer leads, rotated the end plate to reverse rotation, used the starter solenoid with the button already on it and used it with a 12v battery. ANYTHING that was run on karts, it'd crank it. Nowadays I have an aluminum box big enough for a Toyota starter, motorcycle battery and a 5/8 jackshaft. I put a #35 sprocket on the starter, same on the jackshaft with a one way bearing in it, and machined a 3/8 drive square on each end. Now I have a starter for right hand OR left hand mounted engines.
 
I used a Toyota Camry starter turns the correct way, a motor cycle battey,used a piece of aluminum and folded around everything for size, buy a clutch arm for correct socket size I think Dixie karting use to have them not sure of model year of starter but we have used it for many years starting open animals and stockers hope this helps you. also some kind of push button to start. Maddawg

X-2 This is what I used to build our starter with, and it works great.
 
I'm buying a coleman mini starter, haven't received it yet but can you tell me do I need a special socket?

Shouldn't need a special socket at all , but I always buy a new 1/2 drive 3/4 inch 6 point impact socket...any parts store or hardware store will have one. jmo
 
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