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You mean the bracket that covers the nose of the starter and covers the flywheel access? If so then yes I removed it to move the starter far enough away to get at the bolt tip. I used a piece of wood and a jack stand to keep the starter up and out of the way.Did you have the front bracket installed?
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It is a huge heavy starter and secured just at one end. With all the bouncing/shock there is a good load on those bolts and if over tightened it puts a greater load in tension on the poor bolts. If there was a bracket at the tail end of the starter they would probably never break.Wonder what caused the breakageSent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Thats the new style HD one, much better than the thin one, but the thin one is better than nothing.View attachment 704356This is the bracket that should be on the front of your starter to help prevent the problem you had. If I remember right, it bolts to the engine mount. There is a stud on the end cap of the starter that will engage the hook shaped hole - helps in reinstalling the starter too.
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