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Which starters are cross-compatible? Honda CX500, GL500, CX650, GL650

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Here are the starter motor part numbers, sources and compatibility across the Honda CX400, CX500, CX650, GL400, GL500, GL650, GL700 and Turbo range of motorcycles. Looking for a starter? Check out eBay US, eBay AU and eBay UK.

Part number
CX500 Z/A/B 31200-415-008
CX500 Customs 31200-449-008
CX650ED 31200-449-008
GL500, GL650 31200-449-008
CX500 Deluxe 31200-449-405
CX650 Custom 31200-449-405
CX500 Turbo 31200-449-405
CX650 Turbo 31200-ME7-008

All are compatible with each other - the only difference we're aware of between the 415-008 and 449-008 is that the 31200-415-008 is painted silver and the 31200-449-008 is painted black. We'll post up a photo of the differences once we get two next to each other.

The Deluxe, CX650 Custom and CX500 Turbo all seem to share a starter motor, which has different specs (according to what we can find in the FSM, anyhow) to the others - you can see the spec list here. We have yet to double check this with the Deluxe and CX650 Custom manuals.

I have seen the CX650T starter motor criticised for moving to a different number of brushes which produced an inferior starter - if/when I get more info on that I will update this article.

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