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1987 883 panhead w/1200 stroker kit

When I try to start it , It just seem's to be spinning the starter but not engaging. I can push start it !! Talk about an exercise program in itself. I've taken out the rear spark plug and it will start but not with the rear plug in. What do I do ? It's my first HD and it's putting a bad taste in my mouth. please HELP

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The starter isn't kicking out the jackshaft or bendix and engaging the flywheel or starter sprocket it sounds like.

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