'06 RT, new starter motor.

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'06 RT, new starter motor.

Post by milleplod »

My 30k miles '06 RT has been turning over a bit slowly of late - the battery's fairly new and fully charged, so I started to suspect that the starter might be getting ready for some attention. I'd considered taking it off and either having a go myself at refurbing it or, more likely, getting it refurbed by someone competent! However, I spotted on eBay refurbed Valeo units at around £85 delivered, which seemed a really good price - a quick check on RealOEM revealed that the ones advertised were correct for my bike, so I ordered one.

Next move was to get the one off the bike - fairly simple, took longer to get the plastics and footpeg hanger off really. It's fairly tight, but came out easily enough. The pinion was absolutely caked in crap. Then I noticed it was a Bosch, not a Valeo. Hmmmm. Anyway, the new one landed next day, and on comparing the two, it was obvious that the Valeo was around an inch longer than the Bosch, and a fair bit heavier too. Googling revealed that BMW only used the Bosch unit for a short time before upgrading to the Valeo, which gives around 20% more oomph when the button's pressed. I had to remove part of the gearchange linkage to get the new one in, good excuse to give it a clean and lube while it was off, then it took ten mins to fit the Valeo.
The moment of truth! I pressed the button.....wow, it nearly turned the bike off the stand, such was the difference! So, a reasonably priced, easy-to-do job that's made a real improvement to my bike - I'm a happy bunny!  :)

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Re: '06 RT, new starter motor.

Post by masegraves »

Thanks for this info. I'm glad it went well.
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