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    Buying a new starter and need input

    Hey all! Been awhile since I posted, but Iím in a bit of a pickle and havenít been able to find an answer here after about an hour of searching (this is genuinely the first time Iíve ever NOT been able to find the info I was looking for here. I fully expect this is in a thread somewhere I just canít find it, so I apologize in advance and want to thank you deeply for yíalls wisdom).


    My starter is bad and Iím in need of a replacement. Called the parts store and was given two part numbers for the correct model year Mighty Max (í84), one with an ignition bypass wire and one without. Both are for the manual transmission. They are as follows:


    With ignition bypass wire
    R612421


    Without ignition bypass wire
    R612289


    Included are relevant pictures of whatís in the truck at the moment. Iím assuming the dangling wire there is an ignition bypass wire. Thereís only a $10 price difference so Iím mainly curious which one yíall would go with and if you know of any resources on the forum talking about starter replacements. Iíve put new starters in other cars in the past, but they were always OEM parts.
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    If it was me I would pull the existing starter to see what it is. I got one once that turned out was too short. It did not throw out the gear far enough to grab the flywheel. Apparently the same starter but different body I forget the explanation for it but I still have it. I suppose I will eventually take the guts out of it and put it in the body of the one I am using when it fails.

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    Does it depend on the ign coil setup. Bypass for a full 12v coul, and no bypass for one with a resistor fitted?

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    I gonna ask - is the bypass wire actually connected to something? If not and everything is still doing it's thing, there's a chance a PO swapped it for whatever they could get at the time and the bypass wire is irrelevant. If that's the case, get a starter without the bypass connection and save yourself $10.
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    Thanks for the advice y'all. The bypass isn't connected to anything at the moment, and I can't find anything that it would/could have been connected to at any point. It was wrapped around the battery lead almost as if to just get it out of the way.

    Haven't had time to yank it yet but am planning to do so on Saturday morning and march on down to the parts store later that day.

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