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Since you are manually activating the solenoid is the power to the relay still required or can it be detached?
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Glad to see that this old thread is still helping people. I finally fixed the pictures, they now all show up correctly in the very first post of the thread. It only took me 4 years to fix those pictures...
Thanks for posting the thread & fixing the pictures...

I added a link to this thread in the Starter Section of the Sportsterpedia:
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sweet!!!!! i already have the aftermarket push button, but mine stuck on me yesterday about 45 miles away from home. going to try clean everything up see if it works. after i put my primary side back together and throw some cat litter down where i spilled gear oil everywhere....haha
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Just came across this as the solenoid on my 2013 883 is clicking. It is less than 6 weeks since the bike was serviced and MoT'd and has only covered just over 5000 miles. Bit disappointed in the no start problem since my '81 CX500 Custom still starts fine.
The question I have regarding the mod is how far is the travel of the manual actuator as I wondered if it could be made shorter?
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The question I have regarding the mod is how far is the travel of the manual actuator as I wondered if it could be made shorter?

The travel distance is necessary for full pinion/ring gear engagement.


BTW your CX500 is much easier to crank than a Sportster engine due to smaller displacement. Your Sportster starter is an excellent unit and easy to work on. The little Bosch style starter relays don't last forever but they are inexpensive and common at auto parts stores. Bring old relay as a sample. Some owners parallel two relays for more current to the solenoid.

When you install a pushbutton take the opportunity to replace the starter contacts if they aren't in very good condition. They are the usual cause of sticking. Kits are cheap as these Denso OSGR Light Duty starters are on tens of millions of cars and trucks.


This example kit has all the parts you'll need to swap contacts. There are no special snowflake kits so don't pay a premium. You'll also need a primary gasket/seal kit and a starter motor gasket unless you can fiddle the lowest nut off the stud with the starter in place. I'm not that patient and my nuts are usually corroded.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In an emergency you can pull the stock solenoid cover (ensure trans is in neutral!) and operate the solenoid by pushing with a screwdriver. If you have a drill you can drill the cover, reinstall, then actuate the solenoid with a round screwdriver. The screw and spring trick is old and excellent.
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DogBunny-could you please send to me or re-post the pics? I'm rebuilding/repairing the solenoid to my 1979 Sporster Ironhead XLH

Thank you!
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Sorry, I wish I could help you, but those pictures are lost...
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