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    Default solenoid lever starter

    Going to install a lever on my 1981 wideglide shovel. got a solenoid relay ford type from auto parts store. that instructions say is needed to install. Question is are there smaller versions that do the same job. There is few mounting place on my bike without welding or drilling in frame.

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    I have used this one before with that set-up, had no problems from it ...



    Used on 73-79 Harleys

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    Those relays are standard older style car/truck starter relays (Ford used them often, mounted to fenders and firewalls) so any matching automotive unit will do.

    You can try smaller or different shaped relays though they may not pass enough current. I use the Ford style in Dragstews pic because I choose function over form and the same noids have started my Fords for decades. HD choosing GM points and Ford relays was cheap and a great idea in an era when those parts were everywhere. In most of the US they still are.

    Electricity doesn't care about relay package shape. That size relay was chosen because it can pass enough current.
    Last edited by farmall; 03-30-2020 at 2:58 PM.

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    Nobody's happy with those levers for long,
    They simply don't stand up to regular use.
    Just do the feeler gauge trick

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