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November 15, 2018, 08:07:10 AM
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Nowhereman

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Was too good to be true with no mechanical issues for sometime.
Bike for some reason when attempting to start, gives me a slight engine turn over that almost starts the bike but doesn't.
Battery is fully charged makes no difference. After a handfull of attempts, I let it sit for a bit then hit the starter and it fires right up.
About five years on the motor and it is tight. Starter I installed with the new motor back then.
Could it be the solenoid, or is the starter going south?
A few times I have put the bike in gear, rocked it back and forth then started it but not sure if that was related.
A new starter for this beast is five bills.
- Nowhereman

November 15, 2018, 08:28:01 AM
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AbueloBill

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Ronnie's HD has a complete starter for $290.49 and a repair kit for $51.49.

http://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche.com/ronnies/showmodel.asp?Type=13&make=hdmc&a=287&b=14&c=0&d=1998%20FLSTF%20SOFTAIL%AE%20FATBOY%20(BM)%20ELECTRICAL%20-%20STARTER%20ASSEMBLY
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November 15, 2018, 10:40:38 AM
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HDBitchin

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You might try installing a solenoid bypass button. I have one on my Heritage as I occasionally get an issue like you described. A simple mechanical push button replaces the starter solenoid end cover and eliminates the handlebar button, relay and wires.

https://www.ebay.com/p/17762mu-Solenoid-Covers-With-Starter-Button-for-Big-Twin/730337875?

November 16, 2018, 08:01:20 AM
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maniacmac

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If the starter is trying to turn over the engine it's probably not the solenoid at fault. I would check amp draw when engaging the starter to see if your starter motor has gone bad. I suspect you have faulty battery cables or connections.
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November 17, 2018, 07:33:15 AM
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Nowhereman

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Thats the agenda for today; to check down all wiring / connections.
Will report back this afternoon my findings.
- Nowhereman
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November 18, 2018, 09:36:42 AM
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Thats the agenda for today; to check down all wiring / connections.
Will report back this afternoon my findings.
Well?? What was the outcome?  ^*?
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November 19, 2018, 06:11:22 PM
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Crickets chirping!  ;D  ^-^
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November 21, 2018, 06:40:49 AM
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Nowhereman

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Didn't get to it.
Wife had Knee surgery so that put a major damper on any guy activities.
I will get it done but we are having a bit of rain now.
Surgery was successful but she found out she will need a knee total in the summer.
When I get the chance, I will post for sure.
- Nowhereman


November 21, 2018, 07:08:07 AM
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HDBitchin

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@Nowhereman

Hope things with the wife get better soon. I know two people that have had knee replacement surgery and they are doing great.

November 24, 2018, 07:22:16 AM
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Nowhereman

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Thanks, She's getting around better everyday now. We just need to plan for her total in the summer.
Age gets us all in the end I guess. I just choose to ignore it till the end, lol ..
It's been raining here pretty good and everyone is happy about it.
The fires are gone and you see blue sky in the mornings now.
It makes you realize how small we really are and who's hand is involved in our lives daily.
My next day off is Wednesday and I will tear into the starter thing then.
Should have her 100% and road worthy by next week end.
It's funny, all my buds but one have hung up their gloves and do the cage thing now full-time.
I still get restless if I'm not getting rides in every week.
- Nowhereman
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