My 88 yj is having starter issues and I'm a little disappointed that rebuild kits aren't available. Every other car I've had a starter go on, I've always just bought the $20 rebuild kit, taken the armature to my mechanic to put on his growler for $10 and a coffee, and rebuilt that starter myself for about an hours worth of work and $30. I look at the price of a brand new starter vs a rebuild vs a rebuild kit and it's a no brainer. It's easy to do, certainly does not make for the worlds most expensive starter, and in my experience lasts as long as I own that car, which is usually a 2-4 year period. Can't say how long any of them actually lasted, but at least 2-4 years. My yj I plan on keeping for a while yet, but who knows if it can survive another 5 years of salty canadian roads. I'd rather pay $30 to rebuild it, then $300+ on a starter that will outlast the frame... Still have a ford ranger that i rebuilt the starter in 3 years ago now, no problems with it. If you can buy a rebuilt starter, you should be able to buy a kit containing the parts to rebuild it.