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Won't start? My 2004 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster will not start. in the past year I have replaced the starter, battery, and wiring for starter. clicks but no turn over of motor. any ideas?

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  • chris_hubbar Jan 25, 2009

    it is a stock motor but i am no mechanic. i will see if one of my buddies can help out. thank you for the help

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With just this info.Not knowing if the engine is stock or has bigger cams or high comp pistons.I would say check the starter solenoid by running jumper wire from one side to the other.then check ALL connections for corrosion and tightness

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