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Sportster/Buell Model: 1979 XLS
Sportster/Buell Year: 1980
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 1980 XLH
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Default Another Starter that Failed to Engage

On my 1979 XL motor, I was hearing the high speed whine of a starter gear spinning without engaging the ring gear. Like so many other owners, I checked the battery, ground, wiring, and bench tested the Solenoid and Starter. All was good. I reinstalled the combo and as I was putting the primary cover on I noticed what appeared to be a washer located between the starter shaft Spacer and the starter shaft Nut. This washer/ring appears to have been material sheared from the inside of the Spacer. I’ve installed another Spacer and I’m back in business.
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