generator electric start conversion


Old 12-12-09, 07:41 AM
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generator electric start conversion

Hi, Newbe here,

I have 1998 Generac portable generator Model- 09778-4, Series-5500xl, serial-4551780, volts 12/240, amps-45.8/22.9, watts-5500

It is powered by a gasoline briggs and stratton 11hp, gn-320, part number-a1697, engine id no.- 93657......................10

It has a manual recoil pullcord start. It's hard to pull over in cold weather. The tin shroud/cover over the flywheel has a knock-out for a starter motor and the engine block has threaded holes for it. I want to change it over to electric start. I checked into this a couple years ago and found kits/with ring geared flywheel available in several places online. Should have done it then.
Anyway, I can't find the kits now. Any thoughts, tips, experiences, that you want to share would be very helpful.

Thank You!!
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Old 12-12-09, 11:19 AM
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You'll need the flywheel, starter, and charging stator. You should be able to find them easily. You need the engine model, type, and code. Probably a model 25XXXX if a flathead engine or 23XXXX if OHV.
Old 12-12-09, 01:27 PM
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It's not a Briggs

This is a Generac Power Systems Engine not Briggs. You would need a new flywheel part number 091222BSRV about $120.00 and a starter part number 0D92300ESV about $125.00 and a battery. You can use the 12 volt charging output of the generator to charge the battery

Old 12-12-09, 05:17 PM
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parts ordered

AH-HA!! You are right AJ. No wonder I couldn't find what I wanted.

I ordered the parts 5 minutes ago. Thanks a Million!!

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