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How do i remove starter from 1979 sportster i'm not sure on motor size how do i find motor size

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If your bike is indeed a 1979 model sportster, the motor size is 1000cc. with a four speed transmission. It's what we call an Ironhead sportster since the heads are made of iron rather than aluminum. Check the with a magnet.

To take the starter off your bike is simple. Take the large battery cable loose that comes from the solenoid. There are what looks like two nuts on the end of the starter. These are actually two long bolts that go all the way through the starter and screw into the starter reduction gear housing. Take the two long bolts loose but do not take them out of the starter. They also hold the starter together. Work with the starter and take it all off as a unit. If you take the bolts out, the starter comes off in about five pieces and can be difficult to put back together unless you have experience in doing this.

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