Guess I wasnt clear. The turn over sounds fine, the starter seems to work great.
How about this,
In the first year: touch the starter, the engine fires on the very first revolution
After a year or so: Touch the starter, the engine turns over twice or 4 times, before firing. Insdead of inna-vroom, its more of a inna-inna-inna-vroom. I wouldnt say its hard to start, just harder than it used to be.
After this last break: hold the starter for a few revolutions, then engine fires, but the first few revolutions under gas power sound like the engine is about to die, the idle is real rough. After a second or so the idle smoothes out and everything is fine and dandy. So its a inna-inna-inna-vroo,cough-vroo-pause-vroom-vroom-vroom.
Side note: had the gas tank off and the fuel pump out this last break, and while I tried to keep everything very clean, I suppose something could have gotten in there and clogged up the fuel pump.
The more I think about it, the more I suspect the plugs.