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2008 FLTR Starter-Motor, Compensator, Questions

My starter motor is not working. I can hear it spin. But no engagement. Searching this forum I found that the starter clutch may be the problem. Appears to me that it is easier to replace the entire assembly (clutch + electric motor), than merely the clutch. BOUGHT "All Balls" 1.4KW to replace my '08 OEM.

There could also be a compensator problem. When in neutral, I shift to 1st and there is a loud clunk. Loud enough that even with my hearing emparement and PDA music buds in my ears I can easily hear the clunk. Only interested in a new compensator to cure a possible fault, and not because I want to change the gearing. Considering Baker.

I am otherwise very happy with the '08; not longing for a newer year replacement. Reliability on extended rides is most important to me.

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Is your 08 stock???
The 08 is a 96 inch engine stock and there is no need for a bigger starter motor even if the engine was upgraded to a 103, the stock starter works just fine.
The main problem with the 08 is the compensator and the compensator may be your main problem, if your compensator is the OEM original or the older SE version you could have starter problems.
The OEM compensator was absolute junk and it will cause starter clunk , grind and stall and if it is kept in the bike it can lead to starter motor and ring gear failure.
The stock starter motor will start your bike just fine so while inside the primary just replace the compensator and check the ring gear for damage and replace the starter if needed.
I am still using the OEM starter on my 08 and it has performed flawlessly, my 08 has had 3 compensators the OEM and 2 older versions of the SE compensator and it is ready for a new compensator now.
My 08 has been upgraded to a 103 and I don't use compression releases either and the starter turns the engine over just fine.
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Is your 08 stock???
The 08 is a 96 inch engine stock and there is no ... just fine.
Excellent & informative comment.

My engine is internally stock. Hope to upgrade to 107.

Looking for compensators. Thus far have only found hopeful threads on Baker. Not sure when they will be sold, or where.


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I ordered a Baker compensator right from Baker and it is going to be shipped this week according to the sales rep at Baker so we will see if it works or not.


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Emailed Baker and asked about their compensator. Informed price is $499+$20 and back ordered 3 to 4 weeks.

So, considering the Vulcan at Compensator Eliminator , 06+ Dynas, 07+ Softails, Dressers - Motor Sprockets & Shaft Extensions | Vulcanworks.net - American Made Parts for Harley Davidson Motorcycles

Any thoughts + or - on the Vulcan Works Compensator. I do not aspire to a monster engine. Perhaps one day I will go to a 107" from my 98".

Comments + or - on the Vulcan appreciated.


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Excellent & informative comment.

My engine is internally stock. Hope to upgrade to 107.

Looking for compensators. Thus far have only found hopeful threads on Baker. Not sure when they will be sold, or where.
You might want to wait a while on the Baker, having some issues with the early production units...
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I have an '09, had similar problems, but mostly on a hot start.

Had my compensator replaced with the SE Compensator kit and have had zero issues since.

Shop where I go said this is a very very common issue up until 2012, yet HD won't issue a recall. They just made the upgrade kit.

Nice, eh?
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I have an '09, had similar problems, but mostly on a hot start.



Had my compensator replaced with the SE Compensator kit and have had zero issues since.



Shop where I go said this is a very very common issue up until 2012, yet HD won't issue a recall. They just made the upgrade kit.



Nice, eh?

Same issue on the '13s. Had it replaced with the SE. No problems since.


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You might want to wait a while on the Baker, having some issues with the early production units...
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The HD SE Compensator at Screamin' Eagle Big Twin Compensator | Engines, Transmissions & Components | Official Harley-Davidson Online Store
Has an MSRP of $409.

The plastic glue-on deflector looks to be a cheesy design. The street price of the Baker likely to be more in line with the HD SE.

How does the one piece Vulcan compare to the multi-piece SE?


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