Originally Posted by Torch69
Ok, I was told.. by who doesn't matter... that by changing the main starter wire the sprag issue is resolved. I put a #4 welding cable between the starter & relay(?). The old wire with white line..... was half yellow and very stiff on the starter end..as in half the damn thing was too hard to bend easy.
My TBird is at 9000 km...
So we shall see.
The sprag clutch in our machines is a pretty solid piece of gear, but it has a weak link and that is the small diameter spring that actually engages the clutch. This spring can lose tension and thus when the starter button is pressed a fearful clattering is heard, the spring will not hold the sprags onto the starters hub and they flop around. The spring loses tension over time (some do, some don't) or because of the engine misfiring when trying to start, or in some cases break.
The spring can be replaced, usually with one out of a suitable sized oil seal, if it is clear that the mechanical parts of the clutch are okay, and they usually are if the problem is taken immediate notice of.
The starter motor will only draw so much current and in my view the factory gauge wiring is more than sufficient for purpose.
In saying all that though, given the OP's bike is a 95', it may not have the later model stronger clutch, many of which were replaced under Triumph warranty.