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It is a 1979 XLCH sprocket cover. To use it with a starter motor you just have to cut out part of it. I did that installing an XLCH cover on my 1978. See 1st pic in post number 17 above.

34872-79 is the only part number in the 79 to 85 parts catalog [99451-85A] for a 1979 XLCH. 34879-79A does not occur in this catalog.
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Zowie, I wonder how many 79 kick only Sporties were made?

Yep, I'll be doing the IRONMICK modification ( elec motor cut)
Yeah , I looked at a lot of non-Harley covers but they did not look right...probably better to send it out for chrome like you said.Some of the crome covers don't even have a hole for the grease fitting or the spring peg
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Gesus now I have to do all this too. I'm adding a kicker to my 77 electric only so I had better go through this too to keep from cracking covers. It just keeps coming...checking very long list...
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Mick, I bought that part from Billscustomcycles.com last year. Seems to me it was about 15-20 bucks. When I installed it I drilled and tapped the 1/4 hole on the support bracket out to 5/16 and then used a 5/16 shoulder bolt for a tight fit thru the cover. Havn't broken a cover since.
Bill's doent have them for that price or even close to it now. Just bought one from them for 31.00
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Zowie, I wonder how many 79 kick only Sporties were made?
141 XLCH kicker only.
Compared with about 11,000 e-start XLS and XLHs.

According to HD's Official 80 Year History by David Knight.
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Mishka...that would be a very rare bike. That is a cool tidbit I will never forget...141 kick only.

Ok...I got another for you....how many 79's had both kick and electric?

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Mishka...that would be a very rare bike. That is a cool tidbit I will never forget...141 kick only.

Ok...I got another for you....how many 79's had both kick and electric?

sorry off topic a little
Never heard of Sportster being sent from the factory with both as standard fitting. But you know what they say, never say never...
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Just got my kicker spacer.. WOW Bill's was way fast in shipping it to me! very impressed.
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Here's another take on building a beefier custom sprocket cover for earlier models, from a piece of flat aluminum plate, presumably with spigot welded on and bushing installed for kicker shaft.
Looks very XR-ish and would look good on a bobber.
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My 77 has kick and electric, started it several times with the kicker, it doesn't have the added support part, since reading this I've been reluctant to use the kicker, that button is just so easy anyway, might have to get that support part.
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