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Old 21st December 2009
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I used the V-Twin kit several years ago when I fitted a kicker to my '78. At the time I wasn't on this forum so didn't know a lot about the aftermarket quality issues (hadn't had an Ironhead since 1979). However, before I installed the parts, I assembled the ratchet plate, bushing spacer and ratchet gear to see how they fitted together. The teeth on the ratchet plate and the gear meshed quite well and I was happy with the quality. I didn't have any OEM parts for comparison but I was satisfied the parts would work OK. Since the install, I've never experienced any slippage or problems with the V-Twin parts. Granted, I don't use the kicker very much but when I do it functions perfectly. Maybe I got lucky with the V-Twin parts or perhaps their quality control is a little better than it used to be.

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People tend to exaggerate the low quality of the Tedds stuff. As a shop owner, I often have to use his stuff, because of availability issues, and I can usually make it work OK. I, for one am really grateful that he still repops this stuff, since the alternative is nothing but used and hard to find stuff. All of the major suppliers used to sell repop stuff for older bikes, and back then it got it's bad rap. I think the worst of the offshore stuff has been reworked and now you can get by with the repops, for the most part (pun intended).
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People tend to exaggerate the low quality of the Tedds stuff. As a shop owner, I often have to use his stuff, because of availability issues, and I can usually make it work OK. I, for one am really grateful that he still repops this stuff, since the alternative is nothing but used and hard to find stuff. All of the major suppliers used to sell repop stuff for older bikes, and back then it got it's bad rap. I think the worst of the offshore stuff has been reworked and now you can get by with the repops, for the most part (pun intended).
Do not buy from Tedd's I can tell you from experience on that . Epic Fail
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Old 26th March 2010
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As well as those parts, you will need the sprocket cover support bracket. (If it is not already there, but not sure if they fitted them stock to the e-start bikes)
If you dont fit it, you will in short order break the locating bosses off your gearbox casing and the bend the kicker shaft. That is what happened on my early 77 that was made without that support bracket.
It bolts to the rear engine mount and to the extra hole in the late77 and all 78 sprocket covers.



Im adding a kicker to my 74 sportster and want to know, is what you said above, about needing a sprocket cover support bracket to prevent damage being caused, something i need to do for my 74 sportster too.
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That support bracket is specifically for 1977 and 1978. Not needed on 1974.

Put kicker support in the SearchThisThread and you will find this post. One of the guys designed one for his '74 ...
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...rt#post2496731

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If you have a battery ignition, points or electronic, it will not start if the battery is dead. The only thing that will start and run with a dead battery is a magneto equipped engine.
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If you have a battery ignition, points or electronic, it will not start if the battery is dead. The only thing that will start and run with a dead battery is a magneto equipped engine.
True, but a battery/points ignition will start with a kicker if the battery is low. I have to do this on my '77 periodically if I don't ride it enough. Battery is too low to spin the motor on electric start but she fires right up using the kicker. Fortunately, points don't need a lot of voltage to still work, unlike most electronic ignitions.

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I installed a kicker kit on mine (1979) about 2 years ago and it has got me out of a bind a couple of times.. I ordered my kit from j&p cycles and it came with everything needed.
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