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Old 05-21-2007, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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starter clutch

Looks like I am going to join the ranks of those needing to replace the
starter clutch.
Just started last week. Hit the button and starter motor spins but nothing
happens. Have to hit the button a couple of times for the engine to
start spinning.
Anyone happen to have parts numbers for the starter clutch parts for
a 98 evo?
Guess I need to read up in the manual a little.
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I got mine off eBay. It was at a great discount over Harley and from the part I used, is great! a lot less than the Factory part price,even with the shipping. The Harley part number is 31663-90. It's the same part used from 1990. Good luck.
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the heads up.
Boy, the service manual sure is lean on discussing the starter removal/
assy.
Looks like the starter has to come off rather than go in through the primary.
I guess I'll pull the battery and then pull the bolts for the oil tank (softail)
to get some hand room. Did you replace the o ring called for in the manual?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RidingJerry
Looks like I am going to join the ranks of those needing to replace the starter clutch.
Just started last week. Hit the button and starter motor spins but nothing
happens. Have to hit the button a couple of times for the engine to
start spinning.
Anyone happen to have parts numbers for the starter clutch parts for
a 98 evo? Guess I need to read up in the manual a little.
Hey Jerry, see some of the previous post on this issue. Like you'll read, I replaced the starter clutch on my '96 Evo for $50.00 vs the $100+ that Harley wants AND it's a much stronger setup.

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Old 05-22-2007, 11:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks again for the heads up.
Looks like the all balls clutch is half the price of the oem.
sounds like a no brainer.

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Glad the EVO bump starts

Well,
The starter clutch decided to completly quit at work yesterday.
I had thought it would just be aggravating until I replaced it.
Going to get a clutch today from the local Indy.
Had to bumb start the springer in the parkig lot at work to get home.
Sure am glad I learned how to do this with the XLCH. (not that it is
too hard)
Started worked perfectly well yesterday morning but wouldn't grab
at all at lunch or in the afternoon.
Warning!!! If your starter clutch is starting to go, replace it. I wasn't expecting it to give up the ghost so quickly. From the first time it didn't
work properly till failure was only about 10 starts.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RidingJerry
Well,
The starter clutch decided to completly quit at work yesterday.
I had thought it would just be aggravating until I replaced it.
Going to get a clutch today from the local Indy.
Had to bumb start the springer in the parkig lot at work to get home.
Sure am glad I learned how to do this with the XLCH. (not that it is
too hard)
Started worked perfectly well yesterday morning but wouldn't grab
at all at lunch or in the afternoon.
Warning!!! If your starter clutch is starting to go, replace it. I wasn't expecting it to give up the ghost so quickly. From the first time it didn't
work properly till failure was only about 10 starts.
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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update

Made enough time Sunday to tear it down.
I finally decided to pull the oil tank so I could see what I was doing.
(now that I've seen it, I think it can be done without pulling the tank)
My Indy got me the wrong clutch. The 98 softail uses the shorter
of the two clutches, just so you know)
Once I get the correct clutch, it should be a pretty straight forward
assembly.

BTW, the clutch works properly in your hand with the little bit of torque
you can make with your fingers.
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