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Old 22nd January 2019
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I have a 2005 Sportster XL1200C and about a few weeks ago my starter started acting up. The first clip shown in the video is the sound my starter makes when it fails to engage in the primary. After a few tries, you can hear it fire up. The second clip is the view of the chain through the primary cover. You can see the chain trying to move but will retract. That clip shown had no success in firing up. The picture shown last are the results of testing the battery itself. This picture was taken right after the second clip in which the battery was already being drained a bit from testing the starter / solenoid. I usually better luck firing up the bike when the battery is charged to the max. These clips were taken after replacing the battery AND the whole starter / solenoid.

This all started when I changed the handle bars and I had to rewire those connections. During that proccess, there was a loose wire for the engine cutoff switch that took me a while to find. This wasn't letting my bike start up at all. After fixing that, my starter would not engage all the time. It would take a couple a tries before it would actually start up. It would just make a whirring sound like it was spinning but not engaging. After a lot of research, I figured it might be a bad starter clutch or starter / solenoid as a whole. So thats when I went ahead and replaced the entire starter / solenoid. But it is STILL making the same whirring sound and it takes a few tries before it'll actually start up. You can hear and see what is going on in the video.

I've checked a lot of the wiring but can't seem to find where there might be an issue. I also replaced the battery and the wire that connects from the starter to the possitive terminal on the battery thinking that would help. But, no significant difference. What else should I check? What could be causing this?
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Not sure why the Youtube link didn't show up in my post but here it is:

https://youtu.be/FcJ2vua23Sk
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probably starter clutch on it's way out, common failure, easy to replace.
I switched to an all balls 1.4kw starter spins the motor up easy.

Edit didn't see that you had replaced the starter, i am stumped
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My first guess (based on the primary chain in the video & the fact you replaced the solenoid & Starter) is that you have a Ring Gear broken loose from the Clutch Assembly...

Glad you included that view of the primary chain...

From the Sportsterpedia section on the Starter:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...k:evo:engctl02




Does the engine ever 'just stop running'? Dies unexpectedly?

Just to cover your bases - You should check for voltage & ground issues - A weak electrical connection might not be pulling the starter pinion gear fully into mesh with the ring gear... (although I don't hear that in the video)

Follow the full advice listed here in the Sportsterpedia section on checking Voltages & Grounds:
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Not sure why the Youtube link didn't show up in my post
You put the URL where the title should be, and there was nothing between the tags, where the 11 character YouTube code should be:
[YT="հttps://youtu.be/FcJ2vua23Sk"][/YT]
It should have been like this (the title can be whatever you want, of course):
[YT="Starter Fails To Engage"]FcJ2vua23Sk[/YT]
Which would have produced:
Doesn't really matter though, since YouTube have deprecated video embedding.
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My first guess (based on the primary chain in the video & the fact you replaced the solenoid & Starter) is that you have a Ring Gear broken loose from the Clutch Assembly...

Glad you included that view of the primary chain...

From the Sportsterpedia section on the Starter:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...k:evo:engctl02




Does the engine ever 'just stop running'? Dies unexpectedly?

Just to cover your bases - You should check for voltage & ground issues - A weak electrical connection might not be pulling the starter pinion gear fully into mesh with the ring gear... (although I don't hear that in the video)

Follow the full advice listed here in the Sportsterpedia section on checking Voltages & Grounds:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...place_to_start


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At this point I'm starting to think it's a bad ground somewhere. Do you know where the starter grounds to? When I disconnected the starter, I only removed the cable that goes directly to the positive side of the battery and I removed the green wire the connects to the starter relay. I also replaced the starter relay recently thinking that would help.
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Where your Ground cable comes off the battery and bolts to the stud on the case, this stud can come loose under where your cable is tightened. Check to see if you can move the cable back and forth , if you can, you need to remove the cable and clean up the stud area and tighten it , before you put the neg. cable on it and tighten it. If you look thru Sportsterpedia.com, it shows pictures of all the rest of the grounds you can check and clean.
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At this point I'm starting to think it's a bad ground somewhere.
That's why I included a link to the Voltage & Ground Checks in the Sportsterpedia - Be sure to check the crossover ground UNDER THE BIKE at the torsion bar... And the two ground point STUDS...

Remove each grounding bolt/stud, clean thoroughly, apply copper-based anti-seize and retighten... (Only use copper-based anti-seize on ground wires - never on hot wires!)

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i am in mr. spitfire's boat
starter still engaged and chain stopped
if bendix clutch is slipping, crank speed is down and more noise
if ring gear issue, one he$$ a lot more noise and mechanical in sound
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if bendix clutch is slipping, crank speed is down and more noise
I suppose it could be a bad clutch on a new starter - stranger things have happened...

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