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883 sportster will not charge

The battery will not hold a charge. The battery is 1 year old.

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Is it a Harley AGM battery or a wet acid battery first off???

Next describe what you mean by will not hold a charge??? Does it charge fully i.e. to12.8 volts after it has sat an hour or two after a charging session??

If it takes a charge how long until it is depleted????

What year is the bike????

Posted on Oct 18, 2014


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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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SOURCE: need to change battery on o6 sportster 883 low

Remove battery cover on left side of the bike, remove the positive and negative cables and take out battery. It is that simple but dosen't feel like it because it is so tightly fitted. If you think its a bear to get out wait untill you try and put it back in.

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SOURCE: I have Harley Davidson 2000 Sportster 883. I

Neg cable corroded thru.
I bet you have 12v at the battery and less at the other end of the neg cable.
I had the same problem.

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SOURCE: '07 Sportster 883 Altenator problem

Your sportster does not have an altenator, it has a stator and a voltage regulator. What I would do is LOAD test the battery first. Next I would check my stator. To do this there is a plug on the bottom of the right front down tube, on the lead coming from the stator use a muti meter to measure the voltage with the bike running of course. I forget the exact values but as you rev the engine the voltage should climb. If it dosen't you have a bad stator, if it does the voltage regulator is bad. Pray its the voltage regulator, they cost about the same for the part but is much easier to replace.

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Check the grounds the are known to vibrate loose.

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