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I do not see what is to be gained by general observation and discussion. The "Vette" starter made by Denso was a good product. A gear reduction starter made by company "X" may be better or worse than the stock LT1 starter. A good new or rebuilt LT1 starter may be better or more reliable than another "Vette" starter that may not be a Denso.but will start a "Vette".

The Denso was a quality part that used less electrical power and delivered more crank power. If you do not get a Denso you need proof it has the same qualities. As the "Vette" was low production there are fewer and fewer real Denso on the market and more knock-offs.

The Denso starter and alternator on my 92 dodge truck are OEM and work after a life in the federal park service. They wore out the driver's door hinges. I have replaced the solenoid contacts (under $10 CD) due to it's high use. I doubt a knock-off could handle the high use for long.
 

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Always liked the Denso solenoid contact set up .

"Sounds like a Vette " or a Toyota, or a Caravan :)

I had a GM bought Corvette Starter with the LT1, not an option with the LS7 and its headers.
( used an over priced MSD Hitachi style. )
 

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True, but make sure to clarify that the stock LT1 starter IS a gear reduction starter.
...cough...the stock starter is a planetary gear reduction starter....NOT a offset gear reduction like the vette or aftermarket "mini" offset gear reduction starters.

they both function and normally last a long time but "offset" gear reduction starters offer more TQ & speed (rpm) to the flywheel and are superior in function in those terms and better for motors making higher than stock compression

now regarding rebuild vs buy....if there is a qualified service near you and the cost savings validates do a rebuild vs buying new fine. IMHO a "new" offset gear reduction starter is the way to go. I would avoid anything "remanufactured" from the chain auto part stores
 

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Hey everybody,

My 15 year old LT1 style starter recently took a dump on my way home from a track day at Barber Motorsports Park.

I've always had it in the back of my mind that I'd upgrade to an LT4 style starter when this one took a dump, and curious what the best options are for brands/suppliers? Most of the old LT4 starter threads I found on here are pretty dated. I understand I may need to free up a little extra positive battery cable length to reach the shorter starter, and may need longer bolts as well?

Looks like reman'd Corvette starters are around $130 from Autozone, so I poked around a bit on Jegs and found this guy:


Anybody use anything like that? Listed for fitting '94 LTx Vette. A new unit at that pricing is attractive for sure.
I found a Powermaster mini starter on ebay for under 200 bucks with free shipping. This starter is smaller that an LT4 starter and spins the engine over very fast for over 2 years of service so far. No problems with battery cable length and more room for headers. Summit sells this starter too. I would recommend a heat shield for any starter, especially with headers.
 

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I found a Powermaster mini starter on ebay for under 200 bucks with free shipping. This starter is smaller that an LT4 starter and spins the engine over very fast for over 2 years of service so far. No problems with battery cable length and more room for headers. Summit sells this starter too. I would recommend a heat shield for any starter, especially with headers.
Any chance you have a part number or a link? I did end up ordering a new Remy branded starter last week, but always curious to see what other options are out there - especially smaller and lighter ones.

I'm glad you mentioned the heat shield for the starter, definitely something I should sort out, as the headers original ceramic coating is long gone nowdays and they're just VHT rattlecan black.
 

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Interesting (frustrating) development over here - finally got around to swapping that REMY starter aaaaaand it doesn’t fit. It’s exactly opposite the current starter......
Do the ‘96 Vettes this starter is listed for fitting have the starter in a different location than our LT1? Or is this the wrong starter in the box? See pictures for reference:
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Wrong starter, Corvette is same side mount.
SB and BB Chev, there is an oil filter living where that thing wants to be.
OLDS and Pontiac rwd was left side
 

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Wrong starter, Corvette is same side mount.
SB and BB Chev, there is an oil filter living where that thing wants to be.
OLDS and Pontiac rwd was left side
So the starter in this box is wrong for any Gen2 LTx application, correct? The main part number on the box seems to correspond to both '95 and '96 Corvettes - 99719 -

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I did also notice there is a sticker on the starter that also says " REBOX " followed by some other numbers....

Before I call RockAuto and try and get something that fits, I just want to check with you guys to see if maybe I'm missing something?

Thanks!

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Short of the LT5 , I dont think any Corvette didn't have the starter right side.
Granted some super early were bell housing mount but always right hand. ( 98% sure on ancient stuff)
Post LS, I am assuming as I have not worked on one but they are a moooot point anyway.
 

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Yeah they sent the wrong part in the correct box that first time. Kind of a pain having to email photos and so many details, but they made right and sent me the correct starter. Actually just finished installing it last night. First time driving it today since it crapped out on the way home from Barber in January.
 

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I'm late to this, but I have a 1996 Corvette LT4 in my car and I am running the Ultima R612671A geared starter made by Nippondenso and sold by O'Reilly Auto. After 8 years it died and O'Reilly replaced it for free. FWIW I buy most of my items from RockAuto but if it's brake pads, or rotors or certain wear items, I spend a little extra (unless it's a LOT extra) and buy it from O'Reilly Auto and utilize their extended warranty. I believe that AutoZone has dropped the lifetime warranty on most of their products.
 
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