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    Strongest starter and flywheel

    Having problems this weekend with turning over a hot motor, we ended up chewing up the teeth on our flywheel. What is the strongest starter/ flywheel combo out there? I have a B&M flex in this car (same in our old car) and the flywheel just didn't seem to last. I put in a billet CSR flywheel in our old car(before we sold the car) that seemed to work well.

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    Sorry, just realized I posted in the wrong forum section ops:

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    Re: Strongest starter and flywheel

    Quote Originally Posted by Birddog95
    Having problems this weekend with turning over a hot motor, we ended up chewing up the teeth on our flywheel. What is the strongest starter/ flywheel combo out there? I have a B&M flex in this car (same in our old car) and the flywheel just didn't seem to last. I put in a billet CSR flywheel in our old car(before we sold the car) that seemed to work well.
    I went through a bunch of them high dollar and non-high dollar, there is usually a reason it chews up flexplates not a cheap flexplate issue.

    Do you have a start retard or does the voltage drop off a lot when cranking ?
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    Another guy asked me about the start retard (I don't have one) but I never thought about the volt drop. I better check the size of wire to the starter and volts during cranking- Thanks!

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    Starter

    Are you running a Ford solenoid in the starter system? If not, it may be a good investment. It allows more current to flow to the starter. Just a suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birddog95
    Another guy asked me about the start retard (I don't have one) but I never thought about the volt drop. I better check the size of wire to the starter and volts during cranking- Thanks!
    I went through this last year, before testing everything and finding a voltage issue wasnt helping matters.
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    I USED TO GO THROUGH THOSE MINI STARTERS LIKE CRAZY , THEN I RELIZED I HAD A START RETARD BUILT INTO MY 7AL3 , I HOOKED IT UP AND HAVN'T HAD A PROBLEM SINCE...PAUL
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniac
    I USED TO GO THROUGH THOSE MINI STARTERS LIKE CRAZY , THEN I RELIZED I HAD A START RETARD BUILT INTO MY 7AL3 , I HOOKED IT UP AND HAVN'T HAD A PROBLEM SINCE...PAUL
    very suprising, being the al3 has 25degrees start timing pulled out usually causes tons of issues instead of helps.
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    My old 6AL had a start retard. real easy to set. Motor turned over like a street car.
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    Maybe they get more time to cool down. Mine will start better cold with the start retard but will kick back when its hot. Since I start more after its warmed up I don't run mine.


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