Question about 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883

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My boyfriend has a 93 Sportster 1200 evolution. It clicks when trying to start but only fires up once in awhile. Also once he gets it going after a bit it will cut out or just completely shut off and will not start again. It starts to sputter like he's out of gas before he cuts out. Any suggestions?

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  • mirandadebro Apr 05, 2011

    Oops. Can tell im a girl. Its a 1990. Any other advice

  • mirandadebro Apr 05, 2011

    Its a 1990 Sportster xlh 1200. So not a bike person. Just trying to help him out



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Ok problem number one. Odds are that the large copper contacts in the starter solenoid are worn out. Look at the end of the starter from the right side of the bike. There is a five sided plate held on by three small screws. Remove these three bolts, 3mm allen, and take the plate off. Inside you'll see a plunger and a long spring. Remove these two parts and look for the large copper contacts inside the solenoid. The should be smooth across the top. When they burn, there is a half moon shaped low place in one or both of the contacts. Harley and aftermarket parts suppliers have a kit to replace these contacts. You should even have to remove the starter to do it but I would recommend going back and disconnect the battery.

Problem number two. Try loosening the gas cap and riding the bike. Don't take the cap completely off or you may wind up with a lap full of gasoline but loosen it enough so that the tank can get air. You may have a bad vent in the cap. If so, you'll need to buy a new cap.

Good Luck

Posted on Apr 05, 2011

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    wd4ity Apr 05, 2011

    1990 or 1993, makes no difference. Try this first and see if it helps. Sportsters didn't change that much year to year.



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