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PostAuthor: capaw72 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:18 pm

Hi!

The 85 xv700 starter can be replaced with a 86 or 87 year old free launcher?
If so, what needs to be changed?

Thank you in advance for your help

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Re: 85 xv700 starter

PostAuthor: mark75 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:06 pm

Howdy. Welcome to VTF.

86 or 87 year olds are allowed senior-discounts some places, but don't know if they get a free launch(-er). :naughty: JK

the problem is that 1985 was a transition year for Virago ['84/'85] from Generation-I [mono-shock] to Gen-II [dual rear shocks] and Yamaha was addressing the starter issues Gen-I have, so
in order for a Gen-II '86-on to replace your Gen-I '85 starter, you will need to have the Gen-II system not originally on your '85.
Gen-II added a sprag type clutch bendix and solenoid. [vs "internal clutch" and relay]

does your engine left-side look like this? [see pic of Gen-II missing 'dog-bone' cover] if so, the answer is, yes it will.
1985 Gen-I ---> http://www.mrcycles.com/oemparts/a/yam/ ... ter-clutch
1986 Gen-II ---> http://www.mrcycles.com/oemparts/a/yam/ ... ter-clutch
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Re: 85 xv700 starter

PostAuthor: capaw72 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:00 am

Hi,

I have Gen 1. Then, unfortunately, the old solution remains.
Thanks

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Re: 85 xv700 starter

PostAuthor: blaster58 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:16 am

capaw72 wrote:Hi!

The 85 xv700 starter can be replaced with a 86 or 87 year old free launcher?
If so, what needs to be changed?

Thank you in advance for your help

I have an ‘85 700 and I learned quickly that Viragos of that year are known to have starter issues. It’s an inherent design flaw. I was having the typical issue of the starter gear not engaging and when I removed the left side housing to access the starter I noticed that the main gear had worn down to the point that the outer edge of the teeth wore at an angle, thus preventing the gear from engaging. The simple solution is to flip the gear around so that the unworn side of the teeth are used to turn the bike over. It’s not a permanent solution, but the starter will engage more consistently and turn the bike over with less grinding.
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