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I'm looking at AutoZone.com at starters for a 351W. Being the thrifty person I am, what's the difference in the late 80's starters vs. the 92-96 starters, other than the pre-91 models are $90 cheaper?

The flywheels are the same part number across the years. Is it the wiring or something?
 

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hhhmmmm bolt position? maybe its higher torque idk, there not wired diff b/c they all use the piggyback soleniod and the fender mounted, im not too sure what the diff could be
 

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1980-97 Trucks 4.9L, 5.0L, 5.8L w/ AT
1980-97 Trucks 4.9L, 5.0L, 5.8L w/ MT
Big Block Ford w/ C6 or E4OD trans
Big Block Ford w/ 180 tooth flywheel MT

So only difference would be the transmission for a small block. Then you have a big block M/t & a big block auto.

http://rjminjectiontech.com/?p=28
that's interesting :scratchhe
 

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I'm pretty sure the pre 92s are the larger starters without the solenoid...
the starter needs the soleniod to disengage the flywheel or are you refering to the fender mount??....either way the pre 92 does have the fender mounted soleniod
 

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I meant it doesn't have the "piggyback" mounted one.
well im not tryin to argue but it needs the piggy back to engage and disengage the flywheel, the piggy back throws out the bendix to engage the flywheel
 

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Easy, the pre '92s have the starter solenoid up on the fender to send power to the starter. '92+ have the solenoid mounted on the starter itself. The '92+ fender mounted solenoid is for the power distro box.

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The 91- starters do not have a solenoid on the starter,they use an internal winding and a plate to engage the starter drive,the power for engaging the starter comes from the fender mounted RELAY(it is not a solenoid).The 92+ starters have a starter mounted solenoid to engage the starter drive and provide power to the starter from the battery.
 

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Ahh, I see the difference now...

Thanks! :twotu:
so being thrifty why not just buy from Ryan? I plan to do this very soon, can't beat his price for a nice starter.
 

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92+ starters are also gear reduction.
i dont beleive they are unless you get aftermarket, atleast mines not and its a 92 same with both my 95 F150`s all have E4od or 4r70w`s and 5.0`s
 

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i dont beleive they are unless you get aftermarket, atleast mines not and its a 92 same with both my 95 F150`s all have E4od or 4r70w`s and 5.0`s
I believe they are stock. My starter is awefully small, just like the aftermarket ones. Very powerful though, and is still going strong after 13 years. The old ones without gear reduction are massive, and heavy.
 

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I believe they are stock. My starter is awefully small, just like the aftermarket ones. Very powerful though, and is still going strong after 13 years. The old ones without gear reduction are massive, and heavy.
you are correct, i dont think ill ever get an aftermarket starter, i just never have any probs with mine
 
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