A wee pool....

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Hi Gazz , Just trying to explain something here. Sometimes the starter is leaking from inside out and not through the mounting gasket. You may have a mounting gasket leak OR it may actually be leaking through the starter housing seams. When the primary is spinning up all that oil onto the starter gear , oil gets into the housing where the starter gear comes out of and finds its way out through the starter especially if you don't have a transmission/primary vent . So try the gasket first and see ?
There are 4 places that I know of capable of leaking oil in the starter and only 1 of them is the mounting gasket .
1. Mounting Gasket
2. Sealed bearing behind starter gear (this must be a sealed bearing)
3. Shaft o-ring seal that starter gear rides on/from (this shaft must have this o-ring type seal)
4. The starter housing that contains these parts must be sealed with silicone RTV before final assembly. (Says so in H-D service manual)
Thanks Tony for explaining that, hopefully mine will only be the gasket, I'm crossing my fingers, I will post up when it's apart.. I have gaskets coming from Ollie in Germany ..
 
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Not the starter gasket but an O ring inside the started which was faulty since day one. Took forever for that info, so after cracking open the cases and resealing, installing a new starter gasket......changed the started and the problem ceased. This is when Norton factory was in denial and US dealerships didn't have a clue. Thanks to Matt Capri of South Bay Norton, no defunct, for sharing the info on faulty starters and telling me it was probably the most misdiagnosed problem on the bike.
I'm being optimistic and hoping is is just the gasket, we'll see when it comes apart ))
 
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I thought I'd give an update to my original post. My 'wee pool' has been fixed, it was the starter gasket, evidently there wasn't enough RTV sealant used when it was assembled. I bought the new gasket from Ollie in Germany which was of excellent quality and it was fitted Stuart at Motorvated during my bike's first service.

Evidently you can remove the chrome cover from the back of the unit to see if it's the seal which failed, fortunately mine was good. Happy days ))
 
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