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Starter on my 2001 FLH does not seem to ingage with the primary all the time. I changed starter clutch assembly. no change. Any Idea's

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It may be a starter drive problem, if the starter fires, the solenoid is engauging....

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Removing the starter from a 2001 softtail

To remove the starter from your Big Twin, first disconnect the negative battery cable and drain the oil from the primary. Remove the outer primary cover and take the small bolt out of the starter jackshaft. You don't necessarily have to remove the starter gear and the jackshaft but you may be able to work it out without moving the clutch assembly out. If you want to move the clutch assembly out, take the snap ring out of the clutch adjuster screw plate in the front of the assembly. Inside the hole is the mainshaft nut. It has LEFT-HANDED THREADS. You can get the nut off if you have an air wrench or a primary locking bar to keep the engine from turning while trying to get the nut off. The nut torques to 60-80 foot pounds of torque. Once you get the nut off, you can slide the clutch assembly outwards enough to get the starter jackshaft and gear off without having to remove the primary chain or the engine sprocket.
Go to the other side of the bike and take part or all of the exhaust system off to allow you to get the starter out. In the case of a Softail, remove the top bolts and the rubber supports that hold the oil tank in. You do not have to disconnect any of the hoses. All you need to do it to raise the tank just a bit to get to bolts that hold the starter on and to get it out. Take the nut off that that connects the battery cable to the starter and unplug the small single wire from the back of the starter. The nut is a 14mm nut. Take the two large socket head bolts out that holds the starter on and remove the starter. There is a coupling that connects the starter to the jackshaft. Mark the coupling which way it goes or remember that the counter bored end goes toward the jackshaft.
If you want an exploded view of the starter and jackshaft, visit and look up your bike or one close as the starters are the same.

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How do I change the starter on my 2005 1200 xl sportster

The first thing to do is to disconnect the battery. Then, you'll have to take everything on the right side of the bike off that impedes your getting to the starter. You may have to remove the exhaust system completely. Take the battery cable off the starter. Then, on the left side of the bike, loosen the lock nut on the primary chain adjuster beneath the primary and turn the primary chain tension adjuster bolt out about two turns or so. Remove the footpeg and shfiter from that side of the bike. Take the drain plug out and drain the oil out of the primary. Remove the derby cover and take the spring and lock nut out of the clutch release mechanism. Remove the bolts that hold the primary cover on. These bolts are different lengths and sizes. Make sure you make a drawing of which bolt goes where. Turn the clutch adjuster screw clockwise while you remove the outer primary cover. Do not take the clutch cable loose but rather just put the primary cover aside somewhere. Remove the two large bolts inside the primary located just above the clutch assembly. At this point, your starter should come out.

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To change the starter on your Sporty, first disconnect the battery. Remove the exhaust system and anything else that it is the way of the starter. Take the battery cable off the starter. Then go to the left side of the bike and remove the foot peg and shifter. Loosen the lock nut on the primary chain tensioner on the underside of the primary. Turn the adjuster screw out a few turns. Take the derby cover off and remove the spring and lock nut on the clutch adjuster. Then drain the oil out of the primary by removing the plug on the underside of the primary. Remove the bolts that hold the primary on. As you pull the primary cover away from the engine, turn the clutch adjuster screw in the center of where the derby cover came off in a clockwise direction. The primary should come off as you turn the screw. Once the cover is off, lay it aside. Remove the two bolts located directly above the clutch assembly. They are different lengths so make sure you remember which goes where. Once these two bolts are out, the starter will come off.

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How do you remove the starter from a 2001 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic? Thank you for your help. John

To remove the starter, first, disconnect the negative cable from the battery. The drain and remove the outer primary. Remove the bolt that holds the jackshaft on and remove the jackshaft. If you can't get it out, you may have to remover the adjuster plate in the center of the clutch assembly. Loosen the nut and slide the clutch assembly off just slightly. The nut has LEFT HANDED threads in it.

Then, go to the right side of the bike and take off everything that is in the way of the starter, exhaust system, etc. Disconnect the battery cable from the starter and take the two large bolts out of the starter. The starter comes right out.

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I have a 1974 flh 1200 shovel harley i am running a 2 inch primy belt drive with a primary cover over the top i need 2 know how to install a starter motor set up it has a 2 bolt removeble cover under the...

Well, it depends. On some open primary set-ups, you can use stock starter parts and on others you must use their starter plates and the starter they specify. Your '74 model had the Hitachi starter on it and a lot of the belt drive inner primarys and outer clutch shells are set up to use the later Nippondenso type starter. My best advice is to contact the people that made the belt drive on your bike and get their recommendations.

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I have a 1984 h/d fxr I got a new outter primary and it is getting stuck in the starter bearing I have oiled it and greased it but it still gets stuck,, anything you can think of

I don't understand exactly what you mean by the bearing getting "stuck" in outer primary. The starter shaft has bearing race on the of it. This bearing race is also a nut that holds the shaft and it's parts together. The outer primary cover should have either a bearing or a bushing in it. The bushing or bearing in the outer primary provides support for the starter shaft while starting the engine.

Now, take the starter shaft fork loose and remove the shaft. Put the shaft into the bearing or bushing and make sure it turns freely. If not, you'll need to take the shaft and the outer primary to an automotive machine shop and have the bushing fitted to the "nut" on the end of the shaft. If you have a bearing in the outer primary, the nut must be turned down to fit it but neither of these cases are common, matter of fact, I've never heard of it having to be done.

If the "nut" on the outer end of the shaft seems to fit the bearing or bushing in the outer primary like it should, then your problem is an alignment problem. The outer primary, inner primary, and starter assembly are not aligned. There should be a couple of alignment pins in the inner primary that aligns the outer primary when installed. There are also two alignment pins in the starter gear housing on the backside of the inner primary. You may have to remove these pins in order to get everything to align properly.

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Dear Sir. The engine oil flows through the starter clutch which acts as a centrfugal oil filter. Sludge builds up and causes the starter clutch to slip.

It is possible to replace the Benelli 900 starter clutch without having to remove the engine.
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