Question about Harley Davidson XL Sportster 883 Motorcycles
What year and model is your ride? Is this a kick start set up? How are you starting it with out a battery? Is it running with the battery not hooked up?
Posted on Jan 16, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It will have a fuel filter in the fuel line (should be easy to find) but does not have a fuel pump. Firstly i would check you have spark on all cylinders as this is the most likely thing to be going wrong. Once you are sure you have spark you can start trouble shooting fuel and air delivery problems.
To check for spark remove a sparkplug, insert it back into its HT lead. Place the threads of the sparkplug on the engine block and crank the engine. A strong blue spark should be visible.
Posted on Sep 27, 2009
One of them should be red, with a plastic cover on it, and the other one black, and they should only reach the terminal they belong to, The battery should only fit one way, for the wires to reach it. So, red is hot, or +,, and black is neg, or -,,, Hope this helps.
Posted on Apr 01, 2010
SOURCE: 2003 harley sportster. my bike
Your bike is not equipped with points. Harley stopped using points in 1979. What you have is a solid state ignition unit and the flashing light is used to time the ignition with. The number of wires and where they should go is dependent upon what type of ignition unit you have. If you can see the unit, it should have a name and model number on it.
Here's a test. Start the bike and allow it to run until it shuts off. Pull the spark plug wire and put another set of spark plugs in them and lay the plugs against the engine so that they get a good ground. Turn the ignition switch on and then back off. Watch the plugs when you turn the switch off. You should see a single spark. If not, your coil is probably bad. If you see the spark, the coil is good.
To test the coil, take all the wires off the small terminals of the coil. Use an ohm meter and put the function switch in R X 1 scale. Measure the resistance between the two terminals. You should read between 2 and 3 ohms of resistance. If it reads any higher than this, the coil is bad.
If the coil checks good, then the problem is in the solid state unit in the timer cavity. If it's an aftermarket unit, you'll have to send it back to the factory to see if it's bad. If it's an aftermarket unit, you can go to their website and look up the technical information and installation instructions for the unit using the model number.
Posted on Apr 25, 2011
buy yourself a couple bottles of gas line antifreeze. this will soak up any water in your fuel. add about a half a bottle now and next few times you fill up add a half bottle.
Posted on Jun 14, 2011
its the front one thats bad--chec the wire-it rots from the inside or it may be disconnected from the coil--plug could be fouled or bad or no gas is gitten to that cylinder---------troublshootn test are a must and so is a clymer manual
Posted on Oct 04, 2011
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