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Starter swap

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Tech Talk' started by Razor, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Razor

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    I have a new starter to replace the defective OEM starter. It seems like a pretty straightforward job on a 97 heritage softail classic. Open primary, remove top pipe, loosen oil tank, swap starter, replace gaskets. Anyone have any advise or issues to keep in mind before I get started? The manual says that you may have to loosen mounting bolts for oil tank to remove the starter. I'm assuming that I don't have to drain the tank or remove any hoses. Any advise would be appreciated.
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    the factory service manual is pretty much the bible.......it is correct 99.9% of the time. i would trust it. you should not have to drain the tank or remove hoses.............unless someone replaced a hose and routed it in a different than stock location. i have seen that before..........
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    Loosen the oil tank, no need to take any hoses off.... using a long ball end socket makes it easier to get through the hoses and on the bolt
  4. Razor

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    Thanks Chucktx.
  5. Razor

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    Thanks Lucifer. That's what I was hopping for.
  6. Razor

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    Does anyone know if I have to remove the clutch shell to remove the starter or to get the aftermarket starter in? I didn't consider having to do it because the Harley service manual does not direct you to remove it. It simply says to remove jackshaft bolt and lockplate and them remove the starter from the right side of the cycle. It does tell you to remove the clutch to take out the entire jackshaft. I'm hoping I don't have to remove the clutch.
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    chucktx Moderator Staff Member

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    nope, clutch basket and all stays where it is.......
  8. Razor

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    Thanks for the insight.
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    Just so I get the entire picture, I have one more question before I remove the primary cover. I'm assuming that when I take off the lockplate clip and the jackshaft bolt, the jackshaft stays in the inner primary. I remove the starter from the other side and install the new coupling on the starter gear. Then slide the new starter in place. I believe that I don't have to remove the clutch because I don't have to remove the jackshaft.

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