Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Harvey, New Brunswick, Canada
hi fysty-1, I agree that you might have a starting circuit problem. First I would put a charger on that battery and top it off ....14+/- volts. Next I would check both ends of the battery cables. The positive cable runs to the Starter solenoid. The Negative cable runs to the frame/Engine ground.The cable between the starter and starter solenoid will need to be checked also. Next I would get my multimeter out and see if I am getting full voltage on the positive cable to the starter solenoid AT the solenoid. While the bike is on the center stand and in Neutral push the starter button and see if you are getting voltage through the solenoid. More than likely you not. If not Replace the starter solenoid. If you are, get a set of jumper cables or heavy jumper leads and connect one end to the battery and the negative cable to the frame. Make sure the bike is in neutral and the E stop switch is OFF,touch the positive cable to the nut holding the wire on the starter. If the engine turns over freely it's not the starter but more than likely the starter solenoid. If the starter won't turn over the engine than it will have to be removed and either rebuilt or replaced. I have seen several on ebay for not much money. Personally I would take it to a motor shop and have it rewound as they can make the windings a bit stronger if you ask them to.
I didn't see what year bike you have so just a note saying that the 84's are different than the rest. Same body but different mountings.
Hope my babbling has helped.
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1959 FLH Hydroglide
2003 Custom 124" Beast
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