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Assy of starter clutch on 2003 Harley Davidson

Assy of starter clutch on 2003 Harley Davidson motocycle

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  • william_v_pu Aug 25, 2009

    FLHR Road King.

  • FLHR May 11, 2010

    Exactly which bike is this 2003?

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    v2iper May 11, 2010

    u have a question?

  • larry donohue Sep 29, 2012

    I have a 1982 FLH



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The starter on a late model Harley is a typical Nippondenso gear reduction type starter. They are all basically the same except for size.
To replace the starter clutch inside the starter assembly requires disassembly of the starter assembly.

I you will contact me directly, I will scan the procedure and drawings out of a service manual for you.

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