Question about 1979 Harley Davidson XLS 1000
I need to know how to remove the starter.
I had a 67 & a 77 Sportster 25 years ago & helped a friend build custom fuelers in his shop part-time thru the 90s. I don't have manuals anymore, but I'll help with what I can.
Your starter is under the battery cage and the batt cage is under the seat. You need to disconnect the batt cables & remove the batt. If you have a lot of custom add-ons like lightrails & saddlebag mounting gear you may need to remove some of the accessories to get to your starter.
With the battery out you should be able to see the starter underneath the batt cage although you might not be able to see much depending on your bike's details. The large ground wire attaches to the side of the starter field winding with a bolt and the case grounds it to the rest of the bike. You may be able to remove the starter without removing the cage but most likely you will get better access by removing it first. Depends on the tools you have and your specific setup as to what might be in the way.
There are 2 bolts to remove the starter from the gearbox, but you might have additional stabilizer brackets on the starter to contend with too.
You have one of 2 problems- either the solenoid isn't kicking the gear out to the clutch hub gear or the gearcase has a problem keeping the starter gear from engaging. You'll have to remove the gearcase clutchhub cover to get to the hub gear assemblies.
Most likely to fail is the solenoid and you can often clean up the copper disc with emery cloth or flip it over if badly pitted to renew the solenoid.
Good luck and keep us posted- hope this helps.
Posted on May 19, 2009
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