Starter Removal Instructions for BMW Airhead Motorcycles
BMW starters are not too difficult to remove and install, but some care in fitting, and some hints are helpful
- Disconnect any and all battery negative (-) cables. Make sure they are well out of the way and won't make contact with the battery (-) terminal.
- Remove fuel tank.
- Remove top engine cover.
- Remove front engine cover.
- Remove all feed wires to the starter solenoid unit.
- Remove the two (2) main starter mounting bolts. You may need a 1/4" drive to get a skinny enough socket onto the nuts/bolts. Some starters do not fit all that well, and interchanging Valeo and Bosch or Denso starters CAN BE particular problems. Very little work is needed to make for a good safe installation, however.
An article that covers some overhaul work, but near the end has photos of what the fit problems are, and how to fix it, is here:
http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/boschvaleostarter.htm The heads are 13mm and sometimes difficult