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Old 11-28-2012, 03:55 PM
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Kawasaki RIPOFF

I needed a simple $15 starter part fort my 4 year old Exmark ZTR.. Kawasaki will not sell the part, says it is "discontinued" but WILL sell me the entire starter for $160.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:10 PM
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What part do you need I have a spare i could sell ya?
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:19 PM
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I needed a simple $15 starter part fort my 4 year old Exmark ZTR.. Kawasaki will not sell the part, says it is "discontinued" but WILL sell me the entire starter for $160.
Wow I wish I was in that same predicament. I need a starter for a kubota, they want $540.....
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:29 PM
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I needed a simple $15 starter part fort my 4 year old Exmark ZTR.. Kawasaki will not sell the part, says it is "discontinued" but WILL sell me the entire starter for $160.
I never liked how fast kawi discontinues engines and parts. They know theres 10 of thousands in the field and they just stop production.


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Wow I wish I was in that same predicament. I need a starter for a kubota, they want $540.....
I needed a linkage piece for shifting. I was told $700. I bought a piece of metal for $8 and fabbed it up in 20 minutes. I love my kubota but it bleeds me dry when it breaks.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:16 PM
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I took my 19 wb to a shop and they said I needed a new starter, $185.
I took the starter to a rewind shop and he put a whole bottom plate on it for $22.
New brushes etc....
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:48 AM
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I took my 19 wb to a shop and they said I needed a new starter, $185.
I took the starter to a rewind shop and he put a whole bottom plate on it for $22.
New brushes etc....
Bingo.

Take it to a electric motor repair shop or power tool shop. They can fix these motors CHEAP.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:07 AM
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It's not just Kawasaki.
They all do it, every last one, anything with an electrical motor such as a starter or alternator, from cars to washing machines...

I think you do need some type of experience with electrical motors but at the same rate if I'm looking at spending $160 on a new one either way it is to me worth it to tear the old one apart to see if I can learn something... Special tools may be required, such as torx bits and C-clip wrenches and the like, even then it's usually worth it.

I have done this with all sorts of devices, when I have to buy it new, take the old one apart...

It is in this process I learned the below..

Most of the time with starters (and alternators too) it is the brushes that go bad, either take it to one of the above mentioned shops or learn how to rebuild it for under a dollar in parts, it is a bit hairy the first time or two but either way you win. On second thought new brushes might run as much as $5, and I would suggest having compressed air handy but watch your eyes and nose and mouth because the stuff lets loose some nasty brake-pad-like dust in good quantity but I would suggest blow out the insides real good and clean it so it's good as new when it goes back together.

That, or pay the $160.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:38 PM
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I took my 19 wb to a shop and they said I needed a new starter, $185.
I took the starter to a rewind shop and he put a whole bottom plate on it for $22.
New brushes etc....
This is good info I got one sitting on my workbench...broke.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:42 PM
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Yeah, the brushes go bad but it still turns.
You know, if the shop had just said they'll fix it for $100 we both would have been happy.
As it stands right now, I'm happy and, I don't do business with that shop anymore.
I understand the need to make money but that $185 was excessive in my opinion.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:01 PM
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Yeah, the brushes go bad but it still turns.
You know, if the shop had just said they'll fix it for $100 we both would have been happy.
As it stands right now, I'm happy and, I don't do business with that shop anymore.
I understand the need to make money but that $185 was excessive in my opinion.
Come to think of it, that is funny...
When we consider that they would have earned more money out of the $100 for fixing the brushes than charging you for a whole new starter, they would have come out ahead like $90 in hardly an hour's worth of work, a new starter might yield them a few dollars profit, maybe a $20 but the profit margin ain't that much on parts alone.

Dealers, they don't think that way thou, never have, likely never will.
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