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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Starter Failure!!!!!!

Well today i pulled my bike out of the garage to move some stuff around and when i started it up to ride it back in it stalled. I pressed the magic button to fire it back up and the starter motor just spins. The engine does not turn over.
i removed the started thinking that it was like the old type that had to engage but i quickly found out that there is a clutch system in there for starting the bike. So now after doing some searching it seems that I need polaris part #3234256.
PART NUMBER 6 IN LINK BELOW

http://parts.polarisind.com/Assemblies.asp

has anyone had this issue before? is this common on our bikes?
it is a 2010 Vegas 8-Ball
I probably have about 15k miles.


so i ordered parts 6,7,8 from the link above just to be safe. I also ordered a new gasket for the primary cover. Anything else i should need or am I good?

should I have to be concerned with any other damage this could have caused inside there?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-10-2014, 06:33 AM
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Did you bench test the starter? Provide power and ground to make sure its the issue? Jckercheval just had something similar happen and ended up finding the crank key sheared off. not saying thats what your problem is but I thought the vic starters were pretty bulletproof, could be wrong.

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yes, the starter is good. i pulled the starter from the bike and all teeth are good and it spins. there is another clutch gear apparently that sits on it in there and I think that is where the problem is.

has anyone else seen or heard of this happening before?

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I sent you a private message with some links to folks having similar issues on other forums.

Your problem sounds very similar.

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yes my issue sound identical to the second link that you sent.
the bike started fine and then kind of stalled and kicked back because of the cold weather and now starter just spins without engaging engine. So it looks like it is definetely those parts that I ordered.
oh well, at least the weather is still crappy here and im hoping to get the parts this week.

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I think there is a plastic key inside the clutch and when its this cold its brittle and when you go to start the bike the plastic key shears off and your screwed.
There a few company's out there you could call but you have to know measurements to find the right one or send it to them to see if they have a match.
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thats exactly what sounds like happened. it started and then stalled due to the cold weather. as it stalled it kinda kicked back and then that's what did it in.
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Did you check ebay. Not sure what a new one goes for from Vic/Polaris. Lots of Vic starters on there going in the $125 range.

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its not the actual starter that's the issue.
i already ordered the oem parts needed. just waiting for them to get here so i can swap out the bad stuff.
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Consider buying some long bolts to use as guide studs and hold your gasket in place during assembly/disassembly. I bought some 91280A358 100mm long 6mm diameter x 1.0mm pitch bolts from McMaster.com for the purpose. You get 25 of them for $10, plus $6.50 shipping. Chop the heads off, dremel in a screw slot and there you go. It takes about a minute a bolt.

McMaster often gets stuff to me in 1 or 2 days, but I am close to their Atlanta facility - 240 miles.

I could not find any bolts long enough at the local sources to do any good.

One guy took his stator off to avoid the magnetic grab and bind that is a factor here, but he was doing some trial and error stuff with his clutch. If you are going to do any trials, don't use your new gasket until you are satisfied with everything inside, and any testing is completed.

Speaking of which, is your clutch healthy? Satisfied with it? Now would be the time...

Have you rolled the engine over by the wheel to verify that it is not locked up? Might as well do the due diligence.

Your parts list looked right to me (who has never worked on a Vic starter). It's what I would start with. Though if I could afford the downtime, I would have torn it apart to see what was actually broken before ordering any expensive parts (no idea what you spent.)

Lastly someone wrote some notes on clutch replacement, thought it may have some application here. https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=11529

Other posters have indicated, in other threads, that the 2" bolts were too short to help much with guiding, though they did hold the gasket in place, hence my 4" long bolts.

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