This repair did indeed require a starter replacement. The Labor day weekend made this a bit of a challenge, as the Suzuki Dealer was closed, and most shops were shut down by the time troubleshooting steps indicated the starter was defective. A bit of a challenge to replace without any manuals, I am posting the steps that I used to do so:
1. Disconnect ground and positive cables from battery
2. Remove the four 8mm hold down bolts from the black plastic engine cover and set aside
3. Remove the 10mm wiring harness bolt from the right side of the head assembly to gain some slack in the harness ( you will need that slack later)
4. Locate the starter on the back side of the block/transmission assembly. If you have purchased a replacement starter, compare the solenoid angle to the installed one to gain approximate postion of the two 12mm bolts that hold it in place.
5. Move wiring harness slightly up and away to gain view/access to these two bolts.
6. Remove bolts and set aside.
7. Carefully slide starter 2-3 inches to the left to free it from the transmission housing, being careful not to drop the baffle plate or alignment dowel that are part of the installation. Remove baffle plate and set aside.
8. Disconnect low voltage pigtail connector from the starter solenoid, and position starter for easy removal of high voltage cable.
9. After removing HV cable, remove starter from vehicle and transfer dowel assembly to replacement starter.
10. Reverse this procedure to install replacement starter.
Approximate time required: 1.5 hours
Difficulty rating: 2 on a scale of 5
Technical knowledge needed: Awareness of hazards presented by live electrical circuits