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Old 09-11-2017, 08:07 PM
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Default Starter Recommendations for IO-320 160 HP

Well, my starter decided to die this evening. Fortunately I was at a neighboring field. Any suggestions for a replacement? The engine is by Aero Sport Power of Canada. From what I recall, the starter is original to the build in 2001.

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Old 09-12-2017, 09:52 AM
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Most install a SkyTech or BandC brand. There are several to choose from, with varying weight and robustness (if that is a word).

If I had your engine with standard compression, I'd go with one of the lighter versions - unless you need more weight for CG concerns.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:08 AM
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Default A semi-religious topic

From perusing the archives it looks like starters are another semi-religious topic in the RV community. I talked it over with a couple of friends here in the KC area and decided to spend a few extra bucks on the B&C.

The weight differential (10.2 vs 17.2 pounds) frees up enough weight I can now install my ~5 pound EarthX backup battery, mounting bracket, and cabling on the firewall without too much concern for altering the W&B.
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:50 PM
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Default Starter recomendations

I would recommend the Sky-Tec 149-NL for a 14V system or even better but only offered for 28V systems is the 149-NL/EC. I ran these starters at a flight school on a dozen+ aircraft with good results. Russ
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:14 PM
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Default Starter Recommendations

The SkyTec NL starter or the B&C starter are the two that have held up the best / lasted the longest / broke the least.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:23 PM
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When my lightweight Skytec broke I replaced it with B&C. The Skytec NL was my second choice.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:21 PM
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Default Night and day

Amazing how much better a modern starter works. Swapped in the B&C and WOW - it spins the prop at least twice as fast. Cold start was probably no more than 3 or 4 blades. Hot start took a couple of seconds, but much better than before.

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