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I just brought home a 1975 sporster when starting the starter stays engaged the previous owner has already replaced the starter, relay, and the solinoid. I don't have a manual yet but it is comming in the mail. What could be the problem?

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Starter clutch & or the ring gear teeth are damaged

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If the battery is good, what you may be hearing is the starter relay clicking. Since your lights are not dimming, the starter is not even being engaged. The starter relay is a one inch cube device usually black in color. On your '96 model, I think it's on the backside of the oil tank. You must take the seat off to see it. Try to start the bike and see if that's what is making the clicking sound. If so, replace the relay. Check these two things before you go replacing the starter. Starters aren't cheap.

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