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1999 sporster 1200 won't start

Turns over and when the starter button is released it backfires i am getting spark to both plugs and getting fuel, started having this problem 1 month ago but it would start..

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  • CSI May 30, 2009

    bike is getting spark to plugs and it is getting fuel

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    Steve Brown May 11, 2010

    i would start checking the wiring from the ignition backing plate to the coils to see if anything is loose.
    It sounds like a timing problem, hense the backfire. check for dead short also pinched wire, under the tank or seat or if have had recent accessory work check are that for a wire being pinched or shorted.
    also check and make sure your have fuel to the carbs,
    but it sounds electrical, probably timing.
    or a bad part in the ignition system.



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Take the cover off the ignition and see if the backing plate came lose and put the bike out of time.
if it is not even trying to start when you are cranking it. then it has to be a timing issue.

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You have fuel and spark. Its an intake leak around your manifold that goes into your jugs. Your sucking to much air in. problem was a month ago and got worse as the leak got worse take off carb..remove manifold replace the two rubber gaskets.

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