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Old 01-23-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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99 Panther - Starter rebuild

I just bought a 99 Panther 550 (2 up) that has electric start. Does anyone know the procedure to R&R the starter and shaft? Its very rusted from being hauled down the road without a cover & the mag cloride has really done a number on it. Looks like the bendix is shot and there are two gears on the starter that are broken. Not sure where to start on this project, so any advice would be appreciated!
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Unless it just needs a general cleaning up from corrosion, I wouldn't even bother with the motor. You can get new aftermarket motors for $85 with free shipping on e-bay.

Starter Arctic Cat Pantera Panther 550 580 800 1000 NEW | eBay

As for the bendix, e-bay is your friend there too. $18 +$10 shipping.

Snowmobile Starter Drive Bendix Arctic Cat & Polaris Many Models 1997 to 2010 | eBay

I just went through this same exercise on my 2-up. Different setup, but I dorked around with the old starter motor and bendix for a whole weekend for a total of about 12 hours and got it sort of working but not good enough to satisfy me. Finally broke down and bought an e-bay starter and it works perfect. Save yourself some headaches.

Good luck.
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