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Harley starter motor install instructions

I need instructions on how to re assemble and mount my stater motor and soleniod on my evo softail

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  • soot_e
    soot_e Oct 11, 2008

    sorry i didnt make myself too clear on that one...i meant more to do with the electric side of things

  • soot_e
    soot_e Oct 12, 2008

    yeah you could say that...i took the starter and soleniod rite out the other day when taking off inner primary.trouble is i didnt tag n bag anything because it seemed to be pretty straight forward but now im putting it back together along with the wiring it aint firing up.instead with the run switch OFF im getting a click (one) from the relay when i hit start button,if i change a wire on the main c/breaker to the other post i get a click from the relay when the run switch is ON but still the starter isnt being engaged.the rest of the wiring seems to be fine..the lights and flashers work fine.

    i thought maybe if i got a link to pictorial or something along those lines i mite be able to get it sorted

  • soot_e
    soot_e Oct 14, 2008

    mitchy i thank you for your patience!ok heres whare im at:my starter motor was in pieces but since putting it back together im having this problem.the wiring config is as follows...the '+' term is on the solinoid pole, from the '+' term on my battery i have a wire to the the copper ploe of the c/breaker, from the '-' term the battery is first grounded then i have from the '-' term i have the rear loom

    the relay is like this: 86 is hooked to the silver ploe of the c/b

    87 is to the starter motor conection at the rear of it

    30 is to the silver pole of the c/b (aswell as the volt regulater wires)

    85 is a mystery!!iv tried many things inc...grounding it to the bike (bike

    doesnt crank but seems to be the best place?? if its on the copper pole it only

    clicks the relay if the ignition is off aswell as the run/off switch being off too.of on the silver pole the

    ignition can be on but the off/run switch must still be off.

    the wires to the coil come from the ignition (dash)

    if anyone at all can see what i am doing wrong PLEASE HELP!!!!!! i should mention that this system is not a harley loom but a custom loom bought from ebay (BIG MISTAKE!!!) with bits added on to as time has gone.this bike was working fine prior to me pulling the starter out while changing my inner primary recently

  • soot_e
    soot_e Oct 15, 2008

    indeed it does

  • soot_e
    soot_e Oct 15, 2008

    hey just something else to throw in the mix...2nite i pulled out the starte and bench tested it...if i connected the + term from the battery to the starter and the - term to the solenoid plug it should of wound up shouldnt it?

  • soot_e
    soot_e Oct 15, 2008

    YES PLEASE!! that would be great!! depending on your diagrams,im thinking about ripping this dodgey one out and starting from scratch.did you see the question i posted about benchin my starter?

  • soot_e
    soot_e Oct 16, 2008

    Mitchy you have gone above and beyond man!!cheers for that.i bit the bullet and went and bought a new starter today so i will fit it and using your diagrams as a guide will fix some of the wiring then that should do it....just wanna get on the blardy thang n ride it!!!

  • Mabel Margaret
    Mabel Margaret Jan 08, 2014

    Thank you for posting information on harley starter installation process!

  • Mabel Margaret
    Mabel Margaret Jan 29, 2015

    Good instructions on starter motor installation.harley starters

  • Orrick Owen
    Orrick Owen Dec 29, 2017

    Wonderful Post Keep updating.



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Its not a complcated procedure. You'll need to open your primary. You install the jackshaft into the starter after its mounted. Make sure you put plenty of ani seize into the bushing on the outer primary and watch out not to over torue the jackshaft bolt - the spec is 5 lbs.

heres a couple of links that will give you more info. One is for a spyke starter install, but all starters install the same. The other is for a belt drive install which talks some about the starter

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  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 12, 2008

    Is your starter and solenoid in pieces ? Is that it ?

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 13, 2008

    Well, with the run switch off, there should be no click when u hit the start , so change to the other post .... Check your battery cables for a good connection and check your battery with a volt meter for a full charge. This link should go thru the process for you... its four pages with diagrams

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 14, 2008

    On a stock evo softail all u have is the positive battery lead and solenoid wire. If thats connected and all u get is a click your battery may have run down or not be getting a good ground

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 15, 2008

    Ya know that part where I said it wasnt complicated ? well - forget that. Doesnt sound like u have a wiring diagram, so - heres a few things to try. (may or may not apply to your harness, this is sorta general stuff) There should be a wire (heavier guage, yellow?) from relay to solenoid. A lead from the relay to chassis ground (black). also on the relay - a copper post ( 30 amp breaker?) is wired to the + bat term and the silver post is wired into the loom. Does this make sense to u ?

    Step 2 in a minute

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 15, 2008

    OK - just rechecked a few things, but it doesnt sound like u unhooked any coil connections - so i wont go into it. I can hook u up with some wiring diagrams if you need em

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 15, 2008

    Bench test should have extended the starter shaft - let me get u a flow chart for that (hope I can find it)

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 15, 2008

    Several wiring diagrams

    hopefully u can access this - u may have to join the site first (its free) ..... which is a very good site for you anyway

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson Oct 16, 2008

    My pleasure bud .........

    Keep the rubber side down.....



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Posted on Jan 30, 2016


Great link,cheers.still leaves the question of the starter and how its it just the batt terminal lead on the top pole and the solenoid on the bottom?nothing from the relay or anywhere else?

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