Mini starter upgrade

Discussion in 'High Tech Retrofits' started by frank5s, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. frank5s

    frank5s Veteran Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Naperville Il
    If you are looking for a starter for your 2nd gen, l have recently replaced my heavy weight
    starter with a mini starter off of a 1999 Chevy Truck. Look for any chevy or gmc with a v8 with the vortex heads from 1996 up. Make sure to grab the starter bolts as they are shorter.
    The starters with the case bolts on the outside are slighter stronger.
    Nothing like a day at the junkyard, $16 bucks and a can of spray paint looks like new and works great. Don't let the teeth count stop you , the original has 9 and the mini has 11 but they do interchange.
  2. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    ^^That's probably the one I used. lock use a 98 k2500 454 for a lookup
  3. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    I just use a Tilton style starter in both my cars, With a Moroso heat shield,
  4. frank5s

    frank5s Veteran Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Naperville Il
    I saw that starter on ebay but you will still need the knurled bolt which are shorter.
  5. Blown Camaro

    Blown Camaro Veteran Member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Deltona, FL
    I went to the Vortec starter thanks to a guy at O'Reillys WITH the new bolts and man, what a difference! I run a blower with locked timing and I don't care how hot the motor is it spins right over EVERYTIME. Don't even need to use the start retard in my timing box. Gained a lot of header clearance AND the wires have more airspace around them too. No heat shield needed! A+++. I think I spent about $40 on everything new (dealer discount).
  6. McCune

    McCune Veteran Member

    Aug 22, 2015 utah
  7. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    Wow, I would have thought the heavy stock starters were gone 20 years ago. I remember reading about mini starters on these cars in 2001 when I joined.

    The stock ones sure are boat anchors.

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