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Offline sharkoilfield

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Adding starter ring gear to XLCH
« on: May 02, 2021, 07:16:45 AM »
I see a starter ring gear needs to be welded onto the clutch basket of my XLCH to add electric start; there's plenty of them available but I haven't found a youtube video detailing the process...and the packaging seems to contain no instructions...do I just rely on any expert welder to figure it out?  Does it fit in one way only?  Spot weld??

Offline JW113

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Re: Adding starter ring gear to XLCH
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 12:06:33 PM »
I have one laying out in the garage someplace, but damn if I can find it else I'd snap a pic. A quick Google Images on Ironhead clutch basket will give you what you need. Basically, they sit flush with the inside edge of the basket, bevel in gear teeth pointed outward, and welded on with four 1" beads. I think I read that some guys "shrink" them on, but that sure doesn't seem like a robust way to attach it.

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Re: Adding starter ring gear to XLCH
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2021, 06:57:44 AM »
The ring fits tight so make sure you are ready to leave it on and make sure it bottoms on the ledge. I did not weld mine instead I used Muggy Weld rod with a torch. Dry fit the basket and check for rubbing.

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Re: Adding starter ring gear to XLCH
« Reply #3 on: Today at 09:22:10 AM »
I think I get it from your descriptions, thanks. Will order a new one and source the starter next from Tech Cycle...