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Jeff Policky, Motorcycle Mechanic
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I had to replace the final drive belt when I put starte gear

Customer Question

I had to replace the final drive belt when I put starte gear back in its an 02 road king classic lined the washer back with the Grove and tightened the long little bolt that goes in the center tightened it and bent the tab over hit the starter button and it just backs the long bolt out of the center what did I do wrong
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Steve replied 8 months ago.

which way is the starter pinion spinning?

did you disconnect battery cables when you replaced the belt?

tell me everything you can.


Expert:  Steve replied 8 months ago.

I don't do phone calls.

please respond here.

thank you,


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Clock wise and no I did not disconnect the battery my ground goes to the starter bracket I disconnected that everyone I've talked to said thay have never had to deal with anything like it
Expert:  Steve replied 8 months ago.

you should never remove the primary drive without first disconnecting the battery cables. at least the Negative cable.

I have only seen the bolt back out when the battery is connected to the starter backwards.

since the pinion should turn CW, I see no problem.

I will opt out so the other experts can see you question. maybe one of them has seen this before.

best of luck.


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thanks for passing me on even the harley shop has never seen it happen

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