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Pulled my engine to replace the starter. I figured while it was out I'd check to see if there was any other maintenance stuff I could do before putting it back in.

I remember seeing a post on firewall insulation, but can't find a kit anywhere. Can someone tell me how to do this? foam insulation from HD work?

Shimming the starter. Old starter had no shims, the teeth on the starter looked fair, teeth on the flywheel had a very small amount of chipping on the teeth side facing the starter. Can someone explain the process for this?

Already have a starter improvement kit, the starter itself just died(tested it dead on the bench). Any other simple/quick/easy things I can do while I have the tractor torn down this far?

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John lang is the guy who sells the insulation kit. For the service and the product it's a no brainer. I bought it and was very pleased. If you're gonna do that, you should get the oil filter grommet as well, it's all about airflow. I believe boomer can get you that.
I replaced the wiring for my starting circuit along with my battery ground cable while I had mine out. I got premade cables from the auto parts dealer, they have nice clean connections on their terminals. You can also get them with auxiliary pigtails soldered into the terminals if you wish. I did on my B+, never know when I'll want it, but it's there.

Edit: obviously, if your wiring is in great shape, leave it alone. Mine wasn't. Had that "powdered donut" thing going on.
 

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One of the best things to do while the engine is out is to give the whole unit (including the engine) a deep clean. With the engine out you can clean the inside of the frame. I would recommend going ahead and taking the fender pan off if you have not already and cleaning the transaxle area etc.

Also like Rydplrs mentioned clean the engine, take all the tin work off and give it a good cleaning. While you at it replace the hose from the engine crank case to the fuel pump.
 

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I agree with mrbeef, a deep clean at this point will be a great thing. It will make things a lot nicer to put back together too. John Lang is super to work with. You would not be disappointed in his insulation kit.
 

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Thanks everyone!

I sent John an email this morning asking about his insulation kit. I hope he's quick, I'm ready to put the engine back in before I forget how!

I was planning on cleaning out the engine bay pretty well while the engine was out. I had to loosen the engine tins to get the starter out, and couldn't figure out how to actually remove them (granted I was only trying to remove the rear one and leave the sides on, I guess that would make it harder....

My wiring in the engine bay looks pretty good, but there's not much too it, under the battery try could probably use some work, but it's pretty good too.

I was using the BB and the hydraulic levers seemed good.
 
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