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1/8/17 9:05pm - Original Message: 'Mini starter'
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1975 L48 Stingray 1992 LT1

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I am looking at a mini starter to replace the old starter, so far I can't see a downside and will make for extra room for headers.  Is there a downside or something I need to watch out for

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1/8/17 10:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Mini starter'
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SHELBYVILLE, TN - USA

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1976 L48 auto

1978 L82 4speed

1994 LT1 6speed

Joined: 7/5/2002
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only issue i had with the mini's(got one on the 78 and 76 vette) is that on the 76 it had to be shimmed for the flex plate... sometimes it still has a little issue when turning over. Somehow thinking that maybe the flexplate is slightly warped?... not sure, it doesn't happen enough for me to get overly concerned.... the 78 has a flywheel and never had an issue...and both cars have headers and the mini starter is much much easier to get on/off... without having to drop a header to remove a stock type starter....and takes the heat much better.....



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1/13/17 3:40pm - Reply: 'Re: Mini starter'
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Cincinnati, OH - USA

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1969 convertible 427/390 5 speed triple black with L-88 hood; 2013 Grand Sport Coupe, manual, Night Race Blue

Joined: 12/17/2003
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Other than losing originality, there are no downsides. Back in the day a significant percentage of starters needed to be shimmed, so not a big deal. Modern starters typically offer higher torque for high compression engine or hot starts.

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2/27/17 12:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Mini starter'
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1979 C3 RED

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Which mini starter (brand and part #) did you use on your '78??
 
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2/27/17 9:28pm - Reply: 'Re: Mini starter'
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SHELBYVILLE, TN - USA

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1976 L48 auto

1978 L82 4speed

1994 LT1 6speed

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To be honest, i haven't a clue what brand they are.... i bought them at a local speed shop that is now out of business(nearly 8 years now).  Best i recall they were built by another shop near Huntsville,Al..... never had a problem with them....  I'm sure most any mini from a reputable shop will perform sufficiently .... 

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2/28/17 3:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Mini starter'
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Belvidere, IL - USA

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1977 Black T-Top ZZ4 5Sp 16in Wheels


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Check out Jegs and Summit. Many name brands and prices.

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2/28/17 6:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Mini starter'
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Scotch Plains, NJ - USA

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1981 Corvette Coupe, Stock, Black on Black, 4 Spd

Joined: 1/11/2006
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I am currently looking for a mini high torque starter on the usual websites mentioned in the posts and others.
The only one that Summit and I could find that fits the 81 is Summit's part #CSI-100SBP@$249+ My engine has a staggered bolt up, manual trans with 153 tooth flywheel.
The CSR part #100SBP starter will work with either 153 or 168 tooth flywheel/flexplate.
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3/4/17 8:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Mini starter'
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Germansville, PA - USA

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1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats

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Don't forget to wrap the starter with a heat shield of some sort, headers are tough on starters.

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