Question about Harley Davidson FXSTS Springer Softail Motorcycles
It's kind of difficult to install a jackshaft incorrectly. It' will only go in one way and the little bolt ain't that much.
Now, when you hear the clunk, does there seem to be any delay between the time you punch the start button and when you hear the noise. If so, it could be the contacts in your starter's solenoid. Remove the five sided plate from the end of the starter solenoid. The plate is held on by three small screws. Remove the plate, pull the plunger and spring out. Look into the solenoid and you'll see two large copper contacts. Are they burned to where they are not smooth anymore but have a arcing "step" in one of the contacts that matches the radius on the plunger. If so, you may need to replace these contacts. They aren't that expensive.
What I think might be happening is the plunger is pulling the into the solenoid and that kicks the jackshaft out against the outer primary cover. Usually, the starter motor is running by this time but because your contacts may be burned, there's a slight delay in the motor starting up. This enables you to hear the "clunk" where otherwise all you would hear is the engine turning over.
Posted on Nov 07, 2010
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