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I have a 98 dyna lowrider and i want to change the starter motor. do i have to remove the primary cover or is it just a straight forword job.can u help please.regards garrick p.s. i'm changing the starter because it sounds like it's slipping and not engaging properly.

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You do not need a new starter!!! You need a starter clutch pack. Hell of alot cheaper. Make sure you disconnect your battery. then the Primary cover, Jack shaft is in the upper right above clutch pack. Fold the lock tab over hold the gears with open end plyers and unscrew the bolt. Other side of bike two allen bolts hold in the starter. unbolt cables off starter before pulling it out. Sometimes necessary to loosen oil bag to get starter out. Save money you do not need a new starter just a starter clutch pack.

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Yes... you need to remove the outer primary because thats the only way to get to the jack shaft.... remove the jack shaft and the u can unbolt the starter

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