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How to remove starter from ultra classic. engine in frame with exhaust hooked up.engine still assembled. will the primary have to be removed. battery disconnected.

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  • ultra00 Apr 18, 2009

    starter removal . flchui are there any special tool required to pull jack shaft gear off. what holds the jack shaft in place.



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Yes, The first thing you do is disconnect the battery ,,,Harley says to pr3vent accidental starts, but if you dont, your going to short something out..... You are going to have to remove the outer primary to get to the jackshaft. Disassemble and pull the jackshaft then you can unbolt and remove the starter ,,,,,

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    Mel Jacobson Apr 20, 2009

    No special tools .....its held in by the center Jackshaft bolt


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Nope disconnect the battery pull the leads from the starter and solinoid remove the two bolts that hold the starter in to the primary pull the starter towards you and twist it will go back in just as easy

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Does the starter have two different springs that go to it?

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