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Jackshaft Sticks

2001 Springer Softail I changed the starter, which I have done on so many bikes in the past, and am trying to make sure everything worked before I put the primary back together. When I hit the starter switch the jackshaft engages the ring get but sticks and does not return into the recess when…

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Harley Davidson Not Starting

I have a 2010 ultra classic with ABS. It is not starting. The battery voltage is 12.75 off the battery. When I turn the main switch on, I get a drop to 12.5, and when the kill switch is turned on, I get a drop to 12.38. The self test goes out and hit the…

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Starter Intermittent Grind

2008 Fat Bob FXDF My starter is beginning to grind intermittently, only when hot. Could this be a starter clutch, a starter, a compensator? Is there a good way to tell which one (or more than one)? Thanks. Dave Via Email A bad starter clutch doesn’t grind. It makes a wining sound. Grinding is more…

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In The Shop: Starter Ring Gear Replacement

Here is a common repair that is frequent in every Harley Davidson service department. Starter ring gear replacement. This is the large gear that is on the outer edge of the clutch basket. When the start button is depressed, the starter shaft shoots out and spins while engaging with this large ring gear. This action…

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Starter Repair

Do you have a video on removing and repair of the starter on a 2009 Ultra Classic? Every 4th or 5th start it produces a grinding noise, like the sprocket is not engaging properly. Via Email Your starter clutch & gear are one piece on your year starter. Plan on replacing but not without inspection…

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Sportster Not Getting Spark

Hello, I have a 2000 XLC 1200 with 30,000 miles she sat for about 5 years. when I fire her up, she starts fine and sounds good. I ride her for about 5 minutes and she dies, she still cranks, she has spark and she is getting fuel but will not start. After she sits…

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Harley Jackshaft

Random grind when starting (Harley jackshaft pinion strongly hits the clutch´ ring gear) – Heritage Nostalgia 1993 My Heritage Nostalgia 1993, usually starts nice and strong, but sometimes when starting (engine either being both cold and warmed up) the jackshaft pinion hits the clutch ring gear and on second try it starts ok. Other times…

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Harley Cold Start

Q: I have a Harley cold start problem with the used 2008 Road Glide that I bought. When I start it up in the morning it starts right up and goes to 2000 rpms. Then almost immediately drops to around 1000 rpms. Seems like it is almost going to stall out, but it doesn’t, and…

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Harley Starter Wiring

Question on Harley starter wiring for you. I have a 1990 FLHS, there are 3 wires 1 wire from the battery, 1 that goes to the switch (50) and 1 other wire. I cannot remember how this connects except for the switch wire. Does the battery and the smaller wires go the terminal without the…

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Harley Solenoid Failure

Hi guys, I just replaced the battery on my 2009 Street Glide when I turned on the ignition the bike turned over without hitting the stater switch. I think Harley solenoid failure. How do I free it? Thanks, Jerry Via Email Jerry, sometimes this will happen if your starter shaft/starter Bendix is (stuck out) engaged…

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