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Do I have to remove the primary cover to remove starter on a 2003 FXDL?

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Yes, you must take the jackshaft loose from the starter. Disconnect the battery. Drain and remove the primary cover. Just above the clutch, you'll see the jackshaft. Remove the small bolt and remove the jackshaft. When removing the jackshaft, there's a coupler inside the inner primary. This coupler goes in in a particular way. Mark the coupler as to how it came out. The tapered end goes inwards but mark it to make sure. When reinstalling the jackshaft use a new locktab on the small bolt and a drop of Loctite 242 (medium blue) to make sure it doesn't come loose. Torque it to 7-9 foot pounds.

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