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Starter replacement how to replace the starter on a 04 fxst

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This is straight out of the Harley service manual.
I think a lot of this makes sense once you start pulling things apart but some might cause you a little grief, My advice is get a service manual.
Good luck.

1)disconnect negative battery cable.
2)Remove primary cover, (that's the primary chain case cover).
3)Bend tab on lockplate away from head of jackshaft bolt. Hold pinion gear in place and remove jackshaft bolt lockplate and thrust washer.
4)Remove screw and end cover from starter.
5)Remove oil tank to provide clearance for the starter removal.
6)Remove both starter mounting bolts and washers. This includes detaching the engine ground cable
7)remove protective boot. Remove nut with washer.
a)remove positive battery cable ring terminal.
b)remove circuit breaker wire ring terminal.
c)detach solenoid wire.
8)Remove starter from right side of motor.

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