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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-19-2015, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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So my bike wasnt starting when I bought it. I had to assemble the starter clutch, but I did, and did it correctly according to the manual. I tested the flywheel off the bike like the manual says and everything worked properly. It turned clockwise and didnt turn counter clockwise and that was the test to show it was good. So I installed it and put everything back together. I went to start it and all I got was the starter solenoid clicking. So I figured it might be the starter. I then took jumper cables and gave power to the starter, and it was spinning but the engine wasnt trying to turn over. I've removed the starter and took it to work with me and took it apart and cleaned it. It was very dirty and greasy inside and a black powdery substance was in the cap with the electrical connections. I re-assembled it after cleaning and tested it again on the bench and it spins strong. I'm wondering if the gear that engages the starter clutch moves out to engage the starter clutch when it gets power? Or when I install it, does it already engage the starter clutch gear and then the internal gear inside spin up and grab the starter gear and then it engages the starter clutch. Easily put, does the gear on the end of the starter move out and engage or is it stationary? Also I'm open to any other ideas or opinions on what it might be. Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-19-2015, 11:18 PM
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the starter is always engaged, that is why there is a starter clutch that spins one way to free wheel after the bike starts.....and to engage the other way to spin the motor to start. If your starter is spinning and not turning the motor over, you'd better double check the clutch and also do a voltage test at the battery.

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