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Default Starter/solenoid Issues

Im having some strange problems happening with my electrical. When I turn the ignition on, I have full lights on no problem but when I push in the starter button, some times I'll hear a short click then stall and other times no sound. Both accompanied by lights going out immediately. The engine was turning over and starting fine intermittently earlier while this was occurring, but now it seems the bike will do this consistently.

Tested the battery with a voltmeter and got a full 12v charge, so its not a dead battery. The terminals and all connections are clean and wires look fine. Did a voltage drop test between the battery and solenoid circut and we got 12 volts/open circuit and it dropped my way more than 1, indicating again problem with the solenoid circuit.

My question is, is this a problem in the starter/solenoid that would warrant replacing the whole unit? It's the og starter and has been sounding like the gears were getting old even before this problem. I plan to just buy a new/better replacement if thats the case, recommendations/suggestions welcome.
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Are you using a agm battery? if so it can measure ok and still not work. My last agm lasted 7 years and failed in a similar fashion.
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Common problem with Sportsters since the beginning of time: the Ground stud that the negative battery cable bolts to, comes loose or corrodes on the engine case causing this and other electrical gremlins. It,s hard to get to and is usually overlooked.
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Here's the Sportsterpedia section on the Battery cables, voltages and grounds:
Sportsterpedia - Check Your Battery Cables

Report here the readings taken from the battery tests...

And here's the section on the Starter Solenoid:
Sportsterpedia - Starter & Solenoid Function

Be accurate, be methodical, be thorough!

Have you checked your battery cables? Both Ends?

Especially check the grounding end on the rear motor mount bolt - And check the harness grounds on the other rear motor mount bolt!


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bad connection` s or a bad battery
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