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79 harley unable to get started.

Have a 79 harley fxef, just rebuilt. Changed out the starter, selanoid, relay add electronic ignition. As per the books it should start but now joy as of yet, any ideas

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  • 83fxr Jan 04, 2009

    83 shovel, POS. Just changed starter, new heavy cranking sealed batt., solenoid, bendix drive, batt. cables. All heavy duty. Tried starting it the other day (after keeping batt on trickle), very cold day. Starter, or something, Stuck. Batt got hot and bubbled inside. Disconnected batt. and took inside. Just tried again, turned once and that was it. Tried jumping w/hot box. Nothin. Now I don't even get Light from the headlight. POS is Dead, dead, dead.


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Electronic ignition on a 79'? you got some mods? check for spark at the plug; check for fuel; if you got fuel/air and spark physics mandates that you will have combustion so summpin aint quite thur. stop have a coldy enjoy the way it looks for a night and start with a not so fresh mind tomorrow. oh yeah you said just rebuilt. did you paint the frame while the motor was gettin done? if you left the paint on your motor mounts on the frame BINGO! the frame to motor bolt down spot just happens to be the ground pathway for yer ignition on a 79' shovel. you can show voltage potential all day but if there isnt a ground pathway then it's only potential and not current so scuff the paint off the mount positions and try again. if this is what happened don't freak just loosen everything up lift the motor just a bit and run some emery cloth through the space. let me know if you need more details.

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