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Ford starter solenoid

anyone ever installed a ford starter solenoid in the battery area using the relay starter lead to activate the solenoid which would feed power from the battery to the starter

just curious if anyone has already done it

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anyone ever installed a ford starter solenoid in the battery area using the relay starter lead to activate the solenoid which would feed power from the battery to the starter

just curious if anyone has already done it
Don't quote me, butt I don't think an LT has a solenoid. Just a relay, and it is located in the electronics box under the fuel tank. PITA to replace, so they say!!
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Don't quote me, butt I don't think an LT has a solenoid. Just a relay, and it is located in the electronics box under the fuel tank. PITA to replace, so they say!!
Thanks Dick, thinking about adding a solenoid in the battery area operated by the existing starter relay - fords use a solenoid mounted to the fender instead of being part of the starter motor - I actually received the new relay with the bike when I bought it but when I had the tank off doing filters decided to put it off, I like the idea of taking the start load off the relay

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Re: Ford starter solenoid

I did it on my old '86 K100. The relay stuck on my K bike, so I took the BMW relay apart & filed the points . Then I put the Ford relay in using the BMW relay to energize it. Ford has a few different starter relays, I can't remember.. but it was something about there ground.. you need to get one that will work for you.

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quick search for the Ford starter solenoid turns up a couple of threads that may interest you:

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...arter+solenoid

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...arter+solenoid

Maybe these will provide some enlightenment for your project. Let us know what you end up with.

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quick search for the Ford starter solenoid turns up a couple of threads that may interest you:

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...arter+solenoid

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...arter+solenoid

Maybe these will provide some enlightenment for your project. Let us know what you end up with.

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Thanks John - interesting info, I did do a search but did not see the first thread and was wondering about the interaction from the reverser

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Re: Ford starter solenoid

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anyone ever installed a ford starter solenoid in the battery area using the relay starter lead to activate the solenoid which would feed power from the battery to the starter

just curious if anyone has already done it
Been using a Ford relay now for about5 or 6 years. Best investment for $10.00 versus the $80.00 investment that BMW wanted for their updated relay.
Just remember to have a pilot relay to energize the starter relay because of the coil current draw is more than the reverser circuit can handle.
Have the existing BMW relay operate the Ford relay and your good to go.
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Re: Ford starter solenoid

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9661
Good info here.

especially post 15,16,and 23.
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http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9661
Good info here.

especially post 15,16,and 23.
Thanks - that is what I was thinking needed to be done, the wire from the relay contact is energising a lighter load with the relay instead of the starter

I was quite certain I wasn't the first person to think of doing this

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Re: Ford starter solenoid

I installed the Ford solenoid bolting down to the preload adjuster point, 2 pics one with adjuster up and one down. I could not figure out how to attach pics so link to flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6942331877
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6796218344

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