So, the biggest question in my mind regarding this starter rebuild was "How am I going to hold back all of those brushes at the same time?" when it came time to reinstall the armature. I watched many videos. Every single video I saw all had the brush plate separate from the end cap. Did you know the Vic starter brush plate is bolted into the end cap? I didn't have anything springy or clampy enough to hold these back. I was in a bit of a pickle. In the back of my mind, I figured I'd probably have to buy a new starter.
One of the videos I was watching was for a Briggs-and-Stratton starter. The guy said you could buy a new brush plate and end cap as an assembly, the brushes were held back by baling wire. This got me thinking. So I took a look at the brush plate in the Vic starter and sure enough, there are small recesses that would be perfect to stick in a paperclip.
So, I took 2 paperclips, straightened them out, then cut them in half so I had 4 equal-sized pieces about 2 inches long each. I was able to push a brush back into its holder, slide it all the way back, and hold it into place with the paperclip piece. I was able to do all 4 brushes, slid in the armature, then pulled the pins out.
Worked like a CHARM.
Then, I realized I forgot to replace a couple of the bushings; I had to do it all over again. The sweet thing was, it was just as easy to do it all over again.
I only wish I had thought to stop and take photos; I was so excited that it was actually working...
Now, I just hope that what I did fixes that god-awful noise when it's cold out. It's certainly better than buying a new one for $75-100 (aftermarket).
2013 XCT, Boardwalk Blue with Vicwrapz
ATS+4 & filter, PCV, Memphis Shields fork wings, Ultimate seat
Painted wedges w/LEDs & derby cover, CFAD deflector, 90 HP, 106 TQ
PBR300X4 Amp, Polk DB522 fronts, Dayton Audio ND140-4 + tweeters rear
Jones' A3518B glass packs, no cats, VicBaggers tips, CREE LED
HyperLites, Quad-LED driving lights, Hydraulic Clutch
KlockWerks KlipHanger bars, Avon grips, Kury Sabertooth LEDs
THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE OBSCURE
Last edited by broggyr; 12-12-2016 at 07:59 AM.