ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Old's Cool > Airheads
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-05-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
oldroadie OP
Two wheel addict
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: North Alabama mountains
Oddometer: 457
EnDuraLast starter

Who has had good or bad experience with an EnDuraLast starter for a /5? My R75 isn't going to be seeing any kind of heavy, endurance usage...just light weekday warrior stuff...and the new EnDuralast isn't much more than the 8 tooth gear and solenoid I need to refurbish that rotten old Bosch. Thumbs up? Thumbs down?
oldroadie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 11:56 AM   #2
craydds
Beastly Adventurer
 
craydds's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Oddometer: 1,132
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldroadie View Post
Who has had good or bad experience with an EnDuraLast starter for a /5? My R75 isn't going to be seeing any kind of heavy, endurance usage...just light weekday warrior stuff...and the new EnDuralast isn't much more than the 8 tooth gear and solenoid I need to refurbish that rotten old Bosch. Thumbs up? Thumbs down?
I installed one in my '75 R90S. No complaints, so far. It is still fairly new and working just fine. Time will tell...
__________________
ABC #12947
'75 R90S
craydds is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
bmweuro
Mad Scientist
 
bmweuro's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: Chico, California
Oddometer: 3,387
Never heard of or had any issues.
__________________
BOXER Metal
BMW Biker Scum
BMW Mad Scientist!
VBMWMO #7770, BMW MOA #48694 & Airhead BMW Club #600
bmweuro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #4
Airhead Wrangler
Adios Mexico
 
Airhead Wrangler's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Back in Seattle, FINALLY
Oddometer: 6,388
I believe the enduralast starters are the chinese valeo clones available from many sources which can vary in quality drastically. If I recall, the warranty he offers on them is predictably short. They definitely are cheap though.
__________________
R80ST Gets The HPN Treatment
Seattle to TDF on an airhead

Current rides: HPN #834, '93 R100GSPD "red rocket", '73 R75/5 Toaster mongrel, '80 Ducati Pantah 500SL, '92 DR350, '67 Honda SS50, '80 Honda Chaly.
Airhead Wrangler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #5
wirewrkr
the thread-killer
 
wirewrkr's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: HIGH desert
Oddometer: 4,297
Quote:
Originally Posted by Airhead Wrangler View Post
They definitely are cheap though.
It's definitely a case for the old adage "you get what you pay for"
__________________

www.wirewerkes.com
KILL YOUR TELEVISION !!!!
wirewrkr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 04:01 PM   #6
Bill Harris
Confirmed Curmudgeon
 
Bill Harris's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: backwoods Alabama
Oddometer: 6,940
Quote:
Originally Posted by Airhead Wrangler View Post
I believe the enduralast starters are the chinese valeo clones available from many sources which can vary in quality drastically. If I recall, the warranty he offers on them is predictably short. They definitely are cheap though.
Somehow the idea of Chinese knock-offs of a French starter for the Premiere German motorcycle is just... wrong.
__________________
'73 R60/5 Toaster
Luddite. Not just a philosophy, a way of life...
Bill Harris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 04:11 PM   #7
Airhead Wrangler
Adios Mexico
 
Airhead Wrangler's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Back in Seattle, FINALLY
Oddometer: 6,388
Actually I went and looked and he does offer a 1 year warranty on it. Not bad. I just think it's ironic that it's called the Enduralast when out of the three brands he offers, it's the least likely to either "endure" or "last." I can't knock the guy's charging system. It's worked fine for me and their customer service has been great in my experience. I've never owned one of the enduralast starters so I can't really knock it, but I've just heard bad stuff about generic valeo clones in general, just not theirs specifically.
__________________
R80ST Gets The HPN Treatment
Seattle to TDF on an airhead

Current rides: HPN #834, '93 R100GSPD "red rocket", '73 R75/5 Toaster mongrel, '80 Ducati Pantah 500SL, '92 DR350, '67 Honda SS50, '80 Honda Chaly.
Airhead Wrangler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #8
mpilot
Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: L.A. (Lower Alabama)
Oddometer: 32
How does the Enduralast starter compare to the Nippondenso starter from Motorrad Elektrik?

mpilot screwed with this post 06-05-2012 at 04:42 PM
mpilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #9
igormortis
Beastly Adventurer
 
igormortis's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Moving further away from Wellington, New Zealand
Oddometer: 1,220
Mine neither endured or lasted. Had it installed for a little under a year before it failed. I wouldn't dilute the otherwise excellent brand with these knockoffs it it were my company - but bear in mind I'm only basing this on my one experience.

In short - I cannot recommend, but neither can I condemn from my sample of ONE

I could have had the warranty honoured no-doubt, but I decided that the parts were more useful as donor bits: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....7&postcount=47
igormortis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
T800
Adventurer
 
T800's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Nuevo Mexico
Oddometer: 55
Have had one in my R100GS for a year, no issues at all ...
T800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 12:32 AM   #11
chasbmw
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Feb 2006
Location: Bath Uk
Oddometer: 1,883
I have one of the valeo clones on my 1070 bike, bought from motoren Israel very cheaply, it has given me about 4 years of service, it does not have to work too hard as the bike starts really well.

If the stories about reliability put you off, just buy the 8 tooth valeo from the same firm.
__________________
Charles
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f1...ps6e61ae2e.jpg
R90s 1070 replica, R90/6
1971 Commando Fastback
chasbmw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 09:53 AM   #12
oldroadie OP
Two wheel addict
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: North Alabama mountains
Oddometer: 457
Quote:
Originally Posted by chasbmw View Post
jIf the stories about reliability put you off, just buy the 8 tooth valeo from the same firm.
They did and I did, new Valeo on the way. Thanks for the replies everybody.
oldroadie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 10:25 AM   #13
Airhead Wrangler
Adios Mexico
 
Airhead Wrangler's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Back in Seattle, FINALLY
Oddometer: 6,388
Quote:
Originally Posted by wirewrkr View Post
It's definitely a case for the old adage "you get what you pay for"
I'd modify the old adage a bit to "you don't always get what you do pay for, but you always don't get what you don't pay for."

In other words, plenty of things are overpriced, but very very few things are underpriced.
__________________
R80ST Gets The HPN Treatment
Seattle to TDF on an airhead

Current rides: HPN #834, '93 R100GSPD "red rocket", '73 R75/5 Toaster mongrel, '80 Ducati Pantah 500SL, '92 DR350, '67 Honda SS50, '80 Honda Chaly.
Airhead Wrangler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012, 12:18 PM   #14
oldroadie OP
Two wheel addict
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: North Alabama mountains
Oddometer: 457
That's really timely service from John, it came in the mail today. Now for a wee bit file dressing to get it to drop cleanly into the motor and then it's back to figuring out the jets and restrictor discs. Sure is light, too.

Addendum:
I had to file and dress about 1mm off each side of the top edge of the mount to get a clean, flush bolt up. It really spins the motor nicely, sounds totally different, fired the bike right up. Back to tuning...

oldroadie screwed with this post 06-08-2012 at 06:30 PM
oldroadie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #15
Wirespokes
Beemerholics Anonymous
 
Wirespokes's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2002
Location: Jackson's Bottom Oregon
Oddometer: 7,938
Quote:
Originally Posted by Airhead Wrangler View Post
"you don't always get what you do pay for, but you always don't get what you don't pay for."


Hey, that's signature line material!
__________________
Wanted: Dead, smashed, crashed or trashed gauges
BMW GAUGE REPAIRS - TACH*SPEEDO*CLOCK*VOLT METER *PODs & LIGHT BOARD*
Wirespokes is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 12:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014