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1980 Kawasaki 440 LTD Starter

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein 

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Non-starter

Q: I have a 1980 Kawasaki 440 LTD motorcycle. Last September the starter stopped working and I took it to my bike guru here in Chino Valley, Arizona, who advised me to get another starter. My problem is locating a company that has a starter, either rebuilt or NOS for this motorcycle. Do you have any suggestions, or sources that you might recommend? I have the money and my mechanic is ready to get to work, but we need a working starter.  Mike/via email

A: My usual parts suppliers come up short in replacement starters for this model, but it looks like you can have Rick’s Motorsport Electrics rebuild your starter for $235. If you know of an automotive electric specialist in your area, you may be able to have it rebuilt there. Either way, good luck. Note: I got a follow up email from Mike, and he found a used starter at a bike parts yard in Phoenix.

keithf
3/18/2016 4:11:35 PM

Thanks for the update Amanda.


amanda
3/15/2016 10:59:28 AM

Hey Guys! This is Amanda from Rick's Motorsport Electrics. Thanks for the shout out. Our rebuilt starter for the KZ440 LTD is actually $135 (there is a $100 refundable core charge, we even include a label to get the old one back). Just wanted to let everyone know. Thanks again!