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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:24 pm    Post subject: Sky-Tec starters Reply with quote

time to overhaul the starter; anybody got a good and economical shop recommendation for the overhaul?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:13 pm    Post subject: Sky-Tec starters Reply with quote

A few friends here in Granbury TX (pecan Plantation) used to own both Sky Tech (starters) and Plane Power (alternators), but were bought out by Hartzell.... and they don't repair anything.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:33 pm    Post subject: Sky-Tec starters Reply with quote

Dave,
Sorry, Skytec AFAIK has not released overhaul data, so only they can
overhaul. I last had one done about 10 years ago. Service was like 1 day
turnaround. At the time price was about $160. No clue what it is today.
IIRC, it was about 50% of price of new one for certified aircraft.
Kelly

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:45 am    Post subject: Sky-Tec starters Reply with quote

My OEM "flyweight" Skytec starter froze its front bearing and died in 2018, and I found as others have noted that no overhaul was available.  The Skytec replacement design (called the 'high torque inline Lycoming starter') is fundamentally a better engineering solution and worth the price of admission.  Make sure you know the number of teeth on your ring gear before ordering, since there are several different variants of the basic design.  

I think that part of the no overhaul policy is just to get the older, seizure-prone design out of the installed base.  The new design spins the IO-540 noticeably faster, and on my -10 that starter plus the SureFly electronic ignition makes for pretty much instant starts hot or cold.  Even my Toyota is jealous.
-Dan Masys
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:07 am    Post subject: Sky-Tec starters Reply with quote

I had a similar experience. After a kickback my initial starter sheared the protective shaft killing the start. I sent it in to upgrade to the high torque starter with kickback reset so that won’t happen again. It’s been excellent for a few years now, well worth it.
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40286 1060 hoursOn Oct 16, 2020, at 10:44 AM, Dan Masys <dmasys2(at)gmail.com (dmasys2(at)gmail.com)> wrote:
My OEM "flyweight" Skytec starter froze its front bearing and died in 2018, and I found as others have noted that no overhaul was available. The Skytec replacement design (called the 'high torque inline Lycoming starter') is fundamentally a better engineering solution and worth the price of admission. Make sure you know the number of teeth on your ring gear before ordering, since there are several different variants of the basic design.
I think that part of the no overhaul policy is just to get the older, seizure-prone design out of the installed base. The new design spins the IO-540 noticeably faster, and on my -10 that starter plus the SureFly electronic ignition makes for pretty much instant starts hot or cold. Even my Toyota is jealous.

-Dan Masys
N104LD 1200hrs TTSN

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:04 am    Post subject: Sky-Tec starters Reply with quote

It I had to buy a new one I would get he B&C starter. They take better care of their customers.

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Dave,
Sorry, Skytec AFAIK has not released overhaul data, so only they can overhaul. I last had one done about 10 years ago. Service was like 1 day turnaround. At the time price was about $160. No clue what it is today. IIRC, it was about 50% of price of new one for certified aircraft.
Kelly

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> time to overhaul the starter; anybody got a good and economical shop recommendation for the overhaul?


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