Pull Start Love or hate your pull starter?

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by RedBaronX, Feb 6, 2011.


Do you love or hate your pull starter?

  1. Bought one, and it broke so quick! Never bought another!

    2 vote(s)
  2. Had problems with mine, but fixed it & I still use it- like it well enough.

    5 vote(s)
  3. Never had a problem, love it.

    3 vote(s)
  4. I won't buy one because of the horror stories I've heard about them...

    2 vote(s)
  1. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    It's a lot easier to find posts from people who bought and HATED their pull-starter. Not finding much from people who have them and love them (or at least-- have them and like them. So, here's the poll, do you love or hate the Pull Starter?

    Oh, and this is for ANY brand and ANY merchant, but for the HTs only. Seems like many of the 4 strokes have pull starters built-in, and that doesn't count.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011

  2. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    boy go fast told me it is for replacement to the one that came with them on the motor to start with what kind of B S he takes us for they think americans are stupid most of us are but there is a bunch of us thats not us m bers are smarter than the average breed most of us are still alive so we are pretty smart
  3. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Well, I had one on the HT engine in my trike-conversion that got trashed. Minor issues at first (second pull, the cord that came with it broke), then what seemed a major issue when the coil spring broke where it was bent into a hook to anchor the inner end. I was plenty ticked off, but I figured I'd see what I could do with it. Went to a small engine/lawnmower repair shop, and got a spring made for a Tecumseh engine that was a fairly close match. Installed that (let me tell you, installing a coil spring with just one hand was FRUSTRATING!). Worked just fine thereafter until the engine got smashed.
  4. james65

    james65 Member

    pull start

    Guess you know how I feel about them! After reinforcing one, I have been using it for two seasons without trouble.
  5. wbuttry

    wbuttry Member

    how do you reinforce one i liked mine what i need to do i been thinking about tryint to fix the center thats out in mine where the coil spring goes it worked fine when it wasnt broke im just afraid it will get caught in the crank and break something
  6. bikerer ron

    bikerer ron New Member

    pull starterd

    I have them on two bikes one bike with a Sick BIKE jack shaft kit and one
    on a schwinn occ.Had to replace the rope on one and replace the cable
    the other.After that on problem.
  7. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I'm brainstorming all sorts of ideas for what my new build will have. I like the idea of a pull starter. I would LOVE a kick starter, but fabricating one might be above my skill level. So I'm toying with the idea of "frame mounting" the pull starter-- same concept as lawn mowers that have the pull starter handle mounted on the push bar as opposed to just on top of the engine.

    It would be significantly simpler to create than a kick start-- just get a longer replacement pull-cord, sheathed in something like a brake cable sheath, and mount the handle to the frame, like just behind the gas tank.

    The consensus so far is that while they can be problematic, they are not irreparable junk. I've got a lot more steps that come before "configure pull starter", but it doesn't hurt to plan everything early...
  8. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    I have 4000 miles on a Tanaka 32 2-stroke and no problems with the pull starter at all. In warmer weather it almost always starts on the first pull. When the temperature is in the 30s, it takes 3 or 4 pulls to start, but it always starts.
  9. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    (looking at pictures) that looks like a pull start that is built in to the engine. I'm talking about the optional pull starter that can be added to the "Happy Time" engines.
  10. james65

    james65 Member

    pull start repair

    I fabricated a metal pawl to replace the plastic one. Then I made a steel center post with a backer plate.


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  11. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    I've had one for over a year. I was so discouraged by the quality and fit I never completely installed it. Still sitting on my bench along with a brand new Grubee that I have the same opinion of and same results I ended up doing a BMP friction drive with Honda 4 stroke. Never looked back !
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