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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 05, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Mini Starter Advice

Im looking at purchasing a mini starter for my car. Did a search a number of people were using and very happy with the tommy johnson mini starter. Was thinking of going that route. This is the one i want correct?
http://www.tommyjohnsons.com/catalog...0f48e20991b024

I have 0 experience with mini starters. Anything special i need to know over my stock (junk) starter. They bolt up just as easily?


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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 05, 08:57 AM
 
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Re: Mini Starter Advice

Hi,

Twice my old 20 pounder came loose and gave me grief. Last time one bolt broke at the block and I had to get reverse drill bits to get it out. To be honest both times were my fault as in the life of the car someone cut the back bracket off, causing the started to shake loose.

Getting tired of lifting the heavy sucker in place I went to Performance Improvement, I am in Toronto, and got a mini. No problems for 2 years. It had two sets of holes on the mount to mount up to your flywheel.

As it is smaller it is further from my headers therefore cooler. No heat wrap needed.

Good luck.

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Re: Mini Starter Advice

The other one im looking at is the Summit starter.. #SUM-820323. Anyone have experience with this one?


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GMPP also offers a mini starter that works very well.


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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 05, 09:39 AM
 
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I used a Jegs mini starter. It turned over my blown 540 with no issues. It also looks pretty slick.
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Re: Mini Starter Advice

Some of the mini starters are sold at a very good price on Ebay, with a good warranty. I would suggest the one that runs around $100...the $200 dollar starters have too much torque and I have seen them break blocks under certain conditions. I don't have any experience with the gear reduction starters though, most people I know that run the mini starters don't use that type.

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The Tommy Johnson startr is a VERY good unit and I recommend it to everyone that is interested in a mini starter. I have been running the same one for over 7 years and it has never let me down (even handles my blown engine just fine). I have also installed the TJ starter in other peoples cars and never had one fail yet. I don;t think there is another mini on the market in that price range that can compete. I have seen a few of the high dollar mini's fail.

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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 05, 01:04 PM
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I bought a CSR from Jegs 5yrs ago and have had no problems yet (knock on wood)

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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 05, 01:29 AM
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This starter is nice and at a resonable price. I use this company for my alternator and starter needs.

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 05, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Jeez, i cant believe how much time i spent investigating a simple starter. I think i might need to get a life. Bottom line, there are lots of places to get good starters. I just went ahead and ordered the one thru summit. Knowing my luck with the car this year itll be dead in a week.


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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 05, 06:36 AM
 
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I have a JEG'S brand mini starter.
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I have two cvr mini starters one on my camaro and one on the derby truck never had a problem with them. I think they were around $180.
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I have the same one on my SB. I highly recommend it. Sound so much better than stock starter, and there is more clearance to the headers.

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yeah i put a chrome mini in my car it was lighter had a easier bolt pattern, had in in just a cuople mins. never had a problem so far. Kenny
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hey camaroman,got a link to the tommy jonson starters?
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