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Shovel starter shaft assembly

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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 02:21 PM     #1
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Shovel starter shaft assembly

A few months ago the starter drive on my '79 fxs was binding; I had only owned it a week or so, and when I removed the case I found a cobbled-together five-post clutch that had cast a nut. The nut had been removed but the damage was done, to the starter drive and actuator-ring. Also the inner primary bearing was seized so i transferred the primary cases, starter shaft assembly and gear linkage from my '82 flh which is off the road as i knew i'd have a long wait for parts. Now i'm putting the flh back together, i'd like to know for sure if there is a thrust washer on the starter shaft on the starter (right) end, between the gear and the needle-bearing/housing? I've seen several parts diagrams which give a number for this washer up to '71, or '78, or '80, depending. Does this mean later bikes don't use one at all, and should the fxs have one?
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Re: Shovel starter shaft assembly

If you're talking about the end of the starter shaft that fits into the Primary Cover,then yes there is a brass or copper washer there. All the shovels and old shovel pans I've work on thru the years have had one.
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Re: Shovel starter shaft assembly

That copper washer was an end play as well as a support for the inside of the primary
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Re: Shovel starter shaft assembly

Thanks for your reply, but i'm talking about t'other end of shaft- the starter(right) end. Any ideas?
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Re: Shovel starter shaft assembly

Yes there may be spacers/shims in that end for end play of the commutator itself.They are thin shims.I don't know the spacing spec. though.
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Yes there may be spacers/shims in that end for end play of the commutator itself.They are thin shims.I don't know the spacing spec. though.
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I dont think there is an actual spec here, you will be able to feel a slight bit of play
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