Gear Reduction Starter (Manual)
When it comes time to replace your starter, we strongly recommend upgrading to a new and improved GoWesty gear reduction starter. Shoot, these things are so awesome that you might consider replacing your working starter now, just so you don't end up stranded somewhere in the future.
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Fits the following vehicles:
• Type II Bus from 1976-79 with manual transaxle
• Aircooled Vanagon from 1980-82 with manual transaxle
• Watercooled 1900cc & 2100cc Vanagons from 1983-91 with manual transaxle, including Syncro*
•Engine conversions with manual transaxle - See 'Fit Notes' tab.
• More powerful
• More reliable
• Exclusive, threaded mounting flange and hardware system makes for a much easier installation – especially on Syncro model with locking differential
• Exclusive bolted-on trigger wire design
• Self-supported shaft design
• 1kW Standard Output for all air-cooled & waterboxers up to 2300cc displacement (except Syncro), or...
• 1.4kW High Output for 4WD Syncro, 2WD waterboxers over 2450cc displacement, and vehicles being driven sub-zero climates.
These exclusive GoWesty starters are way more powerful and reliable. These are not like other starters you might see offered elsewhere. Our exclusive GoWesty design features a bolted-on trigger wire (circuit 50) for maximum reliability. Not only is the less-than-secure original connection at the solenoid eliminated, but the connection to the factory wiring is relocated to the engine compartment where it is much easier to access—and it will stay clean and dry. In addition, it features a self-supported shaft design: The original Bosch starter for manual transaxles is not a self-supported design. Instead, it relies on a small bushing that is pressed into the bell housing of the transaxle. This bushing is very difficult to replace with the engine in place. Our new starter design for both A/T and M/T has this bushing built-in, which is what makes it a self-supported design, eliminating one possible failure point that is difficult to diagnose and repair.
For the full story on the development of this starter—and our lengthy experience with various iterations of Vanagon and Bus starters—we encourage you to read this article.
NOTE: GoWesty starters are proprietary—you will not find this starter anywhere else. Sure, there may be other vendors selling the same brand of gear reduction starter, but they’re not the same higher-output units we carry. Also, we have ensured the correct body positioning specific to 2WD or 4WD Vanagon application. These exclusive starters feature a unique high-reliability electrical connection you won’t find elsewhere. GoWesty—we've got your back!
• Engine conversions: Installation requires through-bolting to the threaded top mounting hole on the starter flange from the engine side. If you have an engine conversion or adapter that blocks this access, you may need to drill out the threaded mounting hole for traditional starter side installation.
• Some Buses and air-cooled Vanagons had a second wire that attaches to the starter that is EFI related. This wire needs to be connected to the black signal wire, circuit #50 “crank” signal.
• Features 4.44:1 gear reduction ratio
• Smaller, more efficient motor than Bosch design
• Produces 1.0kw in standard output form, matching the OEM output, or...
• Produces 1.4kw, which is 40% more power than the Bosch design, but draws 20% less amperage
This starter is NOT warrantied when used in conjunction with engine conversions (Bostig, Subaru, etc.).
Note: GoWesty high-performance engines are not "conversions."