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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Light weight starter motor

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I'm about to replace the clutch on my Montreal and thought it might be a good time to replace the starter motor as it's getting a little tired and slow to fire the engine. I believe it can be replaced with a unit from a Holden VL Commoder, I would like to use a light weight unit if possible, has anyone done this?
I would especially like to hear from any Australian owners who have done this with info.on which unit was used and where they purchased it etc.
I'd be grateful for any ideas you might offer.

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Hi Joe,

I did one years ago. My Auto-electrician put in a VL Commodore stater motor. Very small modification was required.?

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Hi Joe.

Yes can be done as I've done it, not a big modification, but does require some trial and error to get the alignment correct so it engages correctly. You only end up with 2 bolts holding it in. (or I did in my case)

For my replacement race engine I decided to use an off the shelf starter from WOSP which is lighter again, a more modern design, has a warranty and bolts straight in so is hassle free.

Plenty of re-sellers but mostly UK based: e.g. https://www.autoelectricsupplies.co....6/category/211

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That starter motor looks tiny or the solenoid is really large. 'Bolt in' WOSP sounds like the way to go...

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Sounds interesting mate! I am interested in how much modification needs to be done to the Commodore Starter. Does it use all the existing bolts and how is the clearances when its in position. Also a weight would be helpful. Thanks.
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That starter motor looks tiny or the solenoid is really large. 'Bolt in' WOSP sounds like the way to go...

Mark

The motor is on top as it's a gear reduction starter. I'll dig out a photo of it installed to gave you an idea of size. but as you can tell it's not very big and a miniature compared to the original.

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Gear reduction starter

Another option which I used in my vehicle came from Brise in the UK
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Weighs 2.7Kg and fits well - specifically for the Montreal
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