- Feb 21, 2019
i'm really bummed out here. i may have sheared the alton starter, rotor-clutch, woodruff key for a second time - this time after 200 miles. first time, i gave them the benefit of doubt that i may have not installed the kit properly. second time, i installed it by the FRIGGIN' book. i pulled the primary cover to check the retaining nut torque and saw, by paint marks, the rotor-clutch it had shifted by about 60°. problem is when the key is sheared, it makes it near impossible to get the starter clutch/rotor out without some sort of damage. i viewed a fix by member "yves norton seeley" and going to get with my machinist friend, hopefully to end this nonsense. just wondering if the keys are not sufficiently hard for the application. i realize the clutch/rotor is held firm by the torque on the retaining nut and is not dependent on the woodruff key, but in reality, i think it somewhat is. if this mo-fo fails again, i'm going back to stock and sell the friggin thing as scrap metal! in a perfect world, the alton system may be a good design, but not sure about the real world. i'm somewhat worried about screwing up the crank end, to the point where i may have to tear into the engines bottom end for repair.