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How to change my starter? I have a 2004 HD Dyna Low Rider

Can someone give me instructions on how to replace my bike starter? Thank you for your time. - Jeff

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Hi Hannah, start by disconnecting the battery, negative cable first. Then drain primary oil and remove primary cover. Bend the locking tab back that secures jackshaft bolt and while holding pinion gear unscrew and remove jackshaft bolt, locking tab and thrust washer. Then remove rear exhaust pipe to gain acess to starter. Disconnect all wires and cables from starter. Remove chrome starter end cover. The two bolts that hold the starter motor to the engine case are 5/16" allen heads. Now my memory is a little fuzzy since I have been out of the business for several years, but if you can procure a long straight ball head allen key or socket I think it will allow you acess to the bolts without removing the oil tank otherwise you have to remove the tank. Once you get the two bolts out you can remove the starter. Replace starter in reverse order, tighten starter bolts to 20 foot lbs. of torque jackshaft bolt 100 inch lbs. of torque. primary cover bolts 10 foot lbs. of torque. Good luck

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