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Default Primary Cover Starter Shaft Needle Bearing

I just picked up a pretty nice primary cover off ebay. But with no needle bearing installed and not machined for it. What kinda of reamer do I need to do the machining? And what size?
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If you are talking about the starter drive needle bearing, it is HD# 9063, or Torrington B-1210. Specs show 3/4" id, 1" od, 5/8" length. Is the cover you got for a kick only?
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Yes, 9063. It does have the hole for the starter shaft , just not machined for it...I dont think its kick only, how would I tell?
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I think I would just take the cover with the bearing in to a machine shop and have them ream it. They would have the right size reamers, and can make sure it is aligned correctly. Would be pretty tough to set that on a drill press and try to get the hole perpindicular to the mounting face without building some fancy jig.

I just assumed since it wasn't machined for the bearing that it was off a kick only bike.
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I ended up bringing the primary to a local guy who said he would do it. I went to install and when putting the cover on, the starter shaft gets stuck in the bearing...I told him about it and he said he would take out an thousands. Got it back and its better but I could see the starter being constantly engaged because the shaft is stuck in the bearing...now what???
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My 77 XLH was fine then stopped engaging the starter. I've replaced half of the starter assembly parts now and come to find there was no needle bearing or thrust washer on the primary case.. I ordered the parts but no way in hell this bearing will fit. Were you able to get your primary case machined to accept the bearing and work properly?
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The shaft does remain in the cover, it just has to spin in the bearing
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