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  • Wed, Jul 19 2017 12:30 AM

    • Butsch
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    99 sportster electrical problem.

    Hi guys I bought my first harley today,its a 99 sportster 883,ran great on test ride and all the way to courthouse,on my way home I noticed that the spedo and odometer had stoped working and then it started to sputter like it was running out of gas,then died,tried to start again and battery was dead,got a jump and it all popped back on took off got a little ways down the road and it happened again,it did this twice before I got it home,any ideas what I should be checking , Thanks James 

  • Wed, Jul 19 2017 5:42 AM In reply to

    • Ironhead
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    Re: 99 sportster electrical problem.

    Butsch - first, welcome to the forums - what part of the country are you from?

    If you are going to turn wrenches yourself, I strongly suggest getting a shop manual that covers your bike - I like the Clymer manuals - J&P should have one for your bike.  <enough of the soap box>

    the first thing I would check is the battery (charge it and get it load tested) and charging system - if the battery isn't holding a charge you will get all kins of electrical problems.

    Hope this helps

    The first tool out of the box should be the "book"  Geeked

  • Wed, Jul 19 2017 6:35 AM In reply to

    • FX
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    Re: 99 sportster electrical problem.

    Butsh, of course check the battery first, but it may not be charging. A service manual will tell you how to check what might be wrong. First, get it running, and put a volt meter across the battery terminals, it should read over 13 volts...


    Don't force it, get a bigger hammer.

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