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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How to Install a Starter on a Motorcycle

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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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 speed sensor, Harley Davidson speedometer and engine issue

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 overheating

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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Sportster Tach Jump and Stall

Q: I was coming home from Chillicothe Easyriders on my 1998 1200 Sporty when the Sportster tach jumped around, and then stalled. It started again, then maxed out and the bike died…..any ideas where I should start? The tach was fluctuating wildly while the engine was running smooth. Then it would sputter until the tach

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