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Unread 11-10-2009, 09:17 AM   #1
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Actually, I just thought of a member who said something about this,
but I have an opportunity to buy a GX390, very cheap. It's brand new
and suffered a little damage in freight, which has been ...well..

It cranks and runs fine, but it is a recoil start.

How can I make this an electric start ? Do they make a retrofit kit
for them ??

It would be going in a Workhorse.
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Unread 11-10-2009, 09:43 AM   #2
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....that starter cost almost as much as the motor does! Forget it and get the right motor.
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Unread 11-10-2009, 05:18 PM   #3
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Actually, I just thought of a member who said something about this,
but I have an opportunity to buy a GX390, very cheap. It's brand new
and suffered a little damage in freight, which has been ...well..

It cranks and runs fine, but it is a recoil start.

How can I make this an electric start ? Do they make a retrofit kit
for them ??

It would be going in a Workhorse.
Im with Scotty, however do you plan on using the original ezgo clutch, and having the crank shaft machined?

Because if so, then you could fab up a way to use the factory starter gen to turn over the motor, and make it run like a cart. Pedal start.
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Unread 11-10-2009, 05:27 PM   #4
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Im with Scotty, however do you plan on using the original ezgo clutch, and having the crank shaft machined?

Because if so, then you could fab up a way to use the factory starter gen to turn over the motor, and make it run like a cart. Pedal start.
I was going to use an adapter

I'm driving myself nutz..

Everything is perfect, my wife likes the cart idea.. The last kid is
in collegiate high school..and picking out her college, I found a WH with a blown engine...

Anyway, money is sort of an issue.. This motor has one damaged motor
mount lug, the other three are fine.

I can get it for less than 400 bucks, brand new, no warranty.
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Unread 11-10-2009, 05:30 PM   #5
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I was going to use an adapter

I'm driving myself nutz..

Everything is perfect, my wife likes the cart idea.. The last kid is
in collegiate high school..and picking out her college, I found a WH with a blown engine...

Anyway, money is sort of an issue.. This motor has one damaged motor
mount lug, the other three are fine.

I can get it for less than 400 bucks, brand new, no warranty.
if its around 400, you can get yourself a honda clone from harbour freight or ebay, and it will have electric start ,for around that price. Many have done conversions doing those motors and have had great luck with them.

But if you like the ideal of buying a genuine honda, then you could give it a shot. I personaly would perfer an acutal honda over a clone any day, but only if the price is right.. Those clone engines are pretty good motors.
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Unread 11-11-2009, 08:48 AM   #6
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I know where one other Honda is ..a GX340 , this one has
electric start, however, but it has some hours on it.
A new carb is on it..so that's a plus.
I can maybe get it for 300.

Instead of tackling this kind of project right now, I think I am just going to
rebuild what I have, get that going..and then maybe start a complete restore
on something else.
I originally just wanted a Workhorse or Carryall to keep form having to hustle
all over the place..but this forum is so full of goodies and info, it's easy to
get side tracked.



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if its around 400, you can get yourself a honda clone from harbour freight or ebay, and it will have electric start ,for around that price. Many have done conversions doing those motors and have had great luck with them.

But if you like the ideal of buying a genuine honda, then you could give it a shot. I personaly would perfer an acutal honda over a clone any day, but only if the price is right.. Those clone engines are pretty good motors.
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Unread 11-11-2009, 10:04 AM   #7
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That is an excellent choice IMHO there are hidden expenses in conversions like clutches and ignition and belts .... the cost of a bargain engine can soon match a new complete unit and freshly rebuilt stock is always a correct fit. Good luck with this and keep us posted!
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