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restless
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starter relay

#1

Post by restless » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:09 am

Hi when I push starter button nothing happens but when I take a screw driver to solenoid bike starts. So I thought I would replace
The starter relay my parts book says # 71457-67 .
I found # 71455-67 on ebay Will this work or is there better relays now days .
Thanks Bill



Bosheff
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Re: starter relay

#2

Post by Bosheff » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:08 pm

What year are ya talkin here? 65 was the only pan with lectric start. 65 pans and early 66 shovels didn't have starter relays at all. I'm thinkin it was was a mid 66 intro....bosheff

Cotten
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Re: starter relay

#3

Post by Cotten » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:52 pm

Restless!

Most '65s and early '66s have had a relay retro-fitted, as is most sensible.
(Four years before America put a man on the moon, H-D had no clue what a relay was!)

If you can hear a click when you push the button, it is most likely not the relay.

A very common problem with solenoids is that the copper-coated contact washer and cap terminals have burned spots that prevent conductivity.

The cap can be carefully opened and the spots dressed. (Disconnect the battery ground first!)
The washer is on a removeable plunger, and it can even be reversed to use its backside.

Beware of Accel replacement kits, although I know of no alternatives at this time.

.....Cotten

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Re: starter relay

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Post by Cotten » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:55 am

Restless!

I see that I have received three PMs from you with nothing in them but a quote of my post above.

Please feel free to ask questions here on the forum, as others probably have better answers than I!

....Cotten

Bosheff
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Re: starter relay

#5

Post by Bosheff » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:33 pm

Just as a sidenote, battery boxes for 65 and early 66's don't have factory provisions for bolting on the starter relay. Not sure if the parts book makes this distinction or not....bosheff

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Re: starter relay

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Post by Cotten » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:49 pm

Bosheff wrote:Just as a sidenote, battery boxes for 65 and early 66's don't have factory provisions for bolting on the starter relay. Not sure if the parts book makes this distinction or not....bosheff
Bosheff!

As you probably know,
most '65 folks just hang it upon a kickercover stud, in nearly the same position.

....Cotten

Panhead Ed
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Re: starter relay

#7

Post by Panhead Ed » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:10 pm

One more thing to note is that the soleniod mounting tab hasnt bent slightly causing the unit not to set square with the inner primary , a very common oversite .

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