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    3400 starter swap

    I'm going to the JY to pull a 3400 starter for my LQ1. Is there anything I should watch for when picking one out or does any 3400 starter bolt right up?? Sounds like from other threads I've read the 3400 starter sounds different and draws less current is this true?

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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    I didn't think the 3400 starter worked on the LQ1 but it might!
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    It does.
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    It sounds different, is higher torque and is smaller.

    I have never re-used the shims from the original one when I switched to them.
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    I have them on my Cutlass... work bolt on !

    the sound it's not the same ! lol but more torque and smaller,, more easy to install !
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    Quote Originally Posted by digitaloutsider
    It does.
    Ohhh good to know!
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    As others have said, it does indeed fit; I've got one on my LQ1. The only issue I had was the length of the main power cable. The 3400 starter is shorter than the stock LQ1 starter, so the power cable is a little to long, making it a little annoying to tighten down.
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    I had to use one skinny shim in mine. I thought they might not need one at all but my red tgp made a little bit of noise when you first start it.

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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    Yeah, I had to use a shim as well when I put one on my STE.
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    Thanks for the replies. I've replaced my charging/starting system wire with 4 gauge so it'll reach as I left a little to work with. Is the sound of the starter alright? I'm hoping it's not whiny; I don't want my car to sound like some gay-ass 4 banger honda accord when it turns over.

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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    lol it isnt that different. I have never heard any gm sound like A honda
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    the sound of the 3400 starter is the primary reason I switched to it. Sounds more refined.
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    Here's what it sounds like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkhVoVIwv0U
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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    Looks like the oil filter and oil cooler need to come off to get the starter out. Does anybody knot the size of socket needed to get the oil cooler nut off? looks like a 25mm or 26mm but the largest I have is 24mm.

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    Re: 3400 starter swap

    Oil filter yes, oil cooler no (on mine at least). I was able to push the coolant lines aside just enough that I could work the starter out without removing the cooler. It takes some patience and trial, but it can be done. After doing it once you'll know why the starter swap is such a good idea!
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