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shadow57
15th October 2009, 22:22
has anyone ever put a starter on a kick start only ironhead before? what kind of cost would i be looking at ?

IronMick
15th October 2009, 22:56
has anyone ever put a starter on a kick start only ironhead before? what kind of cost would i be looking at ?

J&P Cycles and others have a kit for this.

Bob F
16th October 2009, 00:26
has anyone ever put a starter on a kick start only ironhead before?

No.









Kidding, easy job. It's only a matter of time and money for the parts. A cheap basket case may be your best option, sell all the extra parts on Ebay. My 2¢.

Here's a 1972 XLH I restored in 2002:

http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/Left_Done.JPG

http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/medium/Right_Done.JPG

dave76
16th October 2009, 00:47
You'll need, an XLH battery box, XLH oil tank and what ever bracketry to hold that stuff on, now the hard part, you'll need the electric start cam gear case cover and sprocket cover with the cutout, oh and also the whole starter assembly. I'll bet ebay has everything.

Starter assem:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Harley-ironhead-sportster-iron-head-starter-electric_W0QQitemZ170393384393QQcmdZViewItemQQptZM otorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item27ac3cb5c9

Oil tank:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Sportster-Oil-Tank_W0QQitemZ110445901503QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotor cycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item19b716b6bf

Its a start.

bustert
16th October 2009, 01:23
figure atleast 1000 bucks. you have to change the oil bag, battery setup and a tad bit of wiring and switches. easy job and i got confindence in you as you can do it.

one note: do not go for the original "T" post battery, adapt to the newer battery. the old wet lead acid battery does not give consistant good performance and the cost to upgrade is 30 bucks or so. i put the electric foot on my 74 ch but i still like to kick it off sometimes.

your sprocket cover probably has the cut out for the starter already, just have to cut it out, atleast mine did. there should be a semi-circle embossing that the upper parts has to come out. they all came from the same mould, just some were cut for xlh.

IronMick
16th October 2009, 01:55
... you'll need the electric start cam gear case cover and sprocket cover ...
The sprocket cover, yes. But the gearcase cover?

dave76
16th October 2009, 03:03
The sprocket cover, yes. But the gearcase cover?

Yeah you can probably just cut the little notch in.

Hopper
16th October 2009, 05:30
Gearcase cover has the e-start cutout web cast in the back of it. Just cut along it with a fine fret saw and file it smooth.

As well as the above mentioned parts, you will need also the large ring gear that needs welded on the back of the clutch, for the bendix gear to engage with.

JP's kit seems like it is mostly their no-name Taiwanese starter motor, bendix gear etc. I would go for the better USA brand name parts, Cycle Electric, Accel, All Balls etc as all are much better made and more reliable. So it would cost easy $1000 by that route. I know this cos I looked into doing it on mine once. Decided to fix the kicker so it doesnt slip instead. Mucho cheaper. Keeps me fit too.

Swap meet parts or the above suggestion about buying a basket and selling the excess on eGay would be cheaper.