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Postby seneca2e » Sat May 04, 2013 7:57 am

Well my Lamar starter just crapped out for the second time. This was one of the early lightweight permanent magnet starters on the market and it simply is not a good product. I fixed it for the second time for cheap but just too much work to R&R every 50 hours so I called the guys up at Skytek and came away with their inline starter-149NL. The thing looks awesome, is lightweight, has a wound field, and being inline requires no modification to the baffling. The 149ht12 is the geared option which some have used but after talking to the guys at Skytek I believe the 149nl is the best option though either will work great. The 149nl draws less amps(always a concern with geared starters-the starter solenoids often just won't hold up to the increased amps), is inline like the original design so it fits easily, and to boot it has kick back protection in the form of a shear pin(two spares are glued to the bottom of the mounting flange!). The geared 149ht12 has a resettable kickback feature which is nice-you don't have to remove the starter if you get a kickback but if your retard mag and wiring is working right you shouldn't get a kickback anyway. All in all the 149NL is probably the way to go if you need to change your starter with the 149ht12 the second option(it will crank slightly faster, puts out a little more hp, but draws more amps and might require baffle modification). The 149NL is said to crank twice as fast as the Lamar and oem starters so we'll see about that. Also put in a new Concorde RG35AXC sealed xtra capacity battery to go with it. I hate something that won't crank!
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Re: Starter

Postby seneca2e » Tue May 07, 2013 9:00 pm

Well the difference in cranking is SUBSTANTIAL. The thing just whizzes over now. This is one improvement that is well worth the $$.
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Re: Starter

Postby Ron Spiker » Wed May 08, 2013 6:28 am

Yea, those high torque starters make a big difference.
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