Question about Harley Davidson FXSTD Softail Duece Motorcycles
Sounds like the contacts in the starter solenoid are bad. Looking at the end of the starter form the right side of the bike, you see a 5-sided plate held on by three 3 mm screws. Remvove these screws and take the plate off. Behind the plate is a plunger and a long spring. Notice I didn't tell you to disconnect the battery. Remember there are things that are sitll "hot" in there so be careful of what you let touch. If you feel better about it, disconnect the battery.
Look in the solenoid and you'll see two large copper contacts. There is also a large copper "washer" on the plunger. You can see where the "washer" contacts the other contacts. If it looks burned away in a semi-circular pattern on one or both of the contacts, there's your problem.
You can get a "rebuild kit" from either Harley or on the aftermarket. Just take the bolts loose that hold the contacts in and swap them out. You can usually do this without removing the starter depending on the model of your bike. Remember too that he starter is Japanese and therefore requires metric tools.
Posted on Mar 14, 2011
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