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I have a 2000 Softail "Fatboy". The problem is overheating/starting. On several occasions after riding in high heat on several trips say in the 75 to 400 mile range the bike will not restart and clicks like it is the battery however it will push start. However after the engine cools down it will start normally. I have replaced the factory battery with an upgrade and recently replaced the relay switch.

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This is going to be a problem with the starter. When a starter is getting a bit on the worn side, high temps will cause the electric motor not to engage creating the same clicking sound as if the battery was dead or had a bad contact.

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