PRODUCT EVALUATION: GOKI ELECTRIC STARTER FOR THE 2005 TRX450R
To mount the kit, we had to first drain the left side engine oil and remove the side cover. With the provided puller, we had to remove the stock flywheel and install a new ring gear. Next, we re-installed the flywheel and stator. To cover these parts, we installed the new cover using the stock mounting points and supplied hardware. This cover actually holds 17 percent more oil than the stock one. It also places the oil filter outside at the front of the engine. This spin-on type is much easier to service than the stock unit. The final step on the engine was to bolt the rather large starter motor onto the new cover. Goki said “we went with what we know works. We have been using this same starter motor since the late seventies, and it’s very reliable. Sourcing a new, smaller unit would have brought the kit price up at least $100.” Installation of the starter kit took about two hours following the very detailed instruction sheet Goki supplies.
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The Goki starter works. You push the button and the engine fires instantly. Yes, it’s quick enough for XC race starts! The starter motor sound reminds us of a large generator being fired up. Installing the Goki kit has no effect on the kickstarter whatsoever. In the event the battery fails or a wire comes loose, the kickstarter is always there as a backup. Speaking of the battery, it gets a constant trickle charge (when the quad’s engine is running) off of the headlights power system. Unfortunately, if you stall the engine while riding at night the lights will go dark just like they did without the battery. Quality of the kit seems to be first rate. We have been using the system on one of our test quads for a few months now without problems. For $599, the Goki kit fills a big need for all 2004 and 2005 TRX450Rs. The only downside is that it will not fit on the 2006 kick-start model and that the headlights go dark when the engine is not running. To order an electric start kit for your 2004 or 2005 TRX450R call (818) 998-0852.