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I have a 99 fatboy and it wont start whenever i press the start button the start will not engage i replaced the starter and i still have the same problem i have charged the battery and checked wires to see if there is a short could u please give me an ides what this could be

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According to the information you've provided, you have checked/replaced: Starter Battery Wiring to starter
This leaves only 2 possible sources for you problem 1. fuse - locate the fuse box and check the fuses 2. starter switch - check the start button by disconnecting both wires, using an ohm-meter the resistance should be "open" or infinite with the button released, and when the button is pressed the resistance should drop to close to 0.
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The battery, starter, wiring and the rest may be fine but have you ensured that enough gas reaches the carb/injectors. Also check if the injectors are cleaned up properly. It is only when the gas and current reach properly that the starter can start the bike engine.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

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