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1995 Sportster 883 Custom. Had stator issues so had to get a jump to get home. Rode maybe 10 minutes and bike died. Tried to jump it again and wouldn't start, just cranks. Replaced ignition sensor plate, new plugs, and still nothing. Has good spark and compression, fuel sucks on to hand if if I cover carb when cranking.. Please help!!!
 

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Carb or EFI bike? Try a sniff of start fluid or brake clean, if it fires it's in the fuel system. Do you have fuel in the tank? Reserve on? Fuel pump run at switch on?
 

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Did you fix the charging problem? It will crank but not start with a weak battery.
 

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Adjusting the timing plate? Charging system problem? What else have you done to the bike? You didn't mention that in your original post.
 

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If it's got spark and fuel, it may be a timing issue since you replaced the plate.

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I replaced the timing plate since it looked kinda melted, but since it won't start setting the timing has been an issue. i just positioned the plate dead center and went from there. Is it possible to have spark and have a faulty ignition module? Thinking I may have fried it when I jumped my bike.
 

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If you've got spark you probably don't have an issue with your ignition. Did you try starting fluid? Are the plugs wet with fuel after trying to start?
 

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Don't have any starting fluid, plugs are wet with fuel after cranking. Just drained fuel tank and filled with fresh fuel. Fuel was about 3 weeks old. Hopefully this works, running out of ideas.
 

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Check the old plate for the screw marks and locate the new plate in the same position.
Check that the timer cup behind the plate is positioned on the pinion locating notch and that the screw is tight.
Check that you got the wire colors matched at the harness connectors.
Use the choke to start the engine not the throttle or you'll saturate the new plugs with fuel.
 

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tried shooting fuel out of spray bottle directly into carb throat and starting, nothing but backfiring out of carb.... Plugs are wet with fuel.
 

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Ok, so Schmidty gave you some good advise. You have fuel, and spark so the spark is coming at the wrong time. Use the tips Schmidty gave you and post back.
 

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I'm trying to static time the engine at this moment, I have the front cylinder at TDC. Where should i be trying to set my spark time? Apologies, this is my first time attempting to static time. The old sensor plate was too beat up to see where the screws were mounted.
 

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I'm trying to static time the engine at this moment, I have the front cylinder at TDC. Where should i be trying to set my spark time? Apologies, this is my first time attempting to static time. The old sensor plate was too beat up to see where the screws were mounted.
Does the new timer plate have a LED for timing ? If so set the front cyl. to TDC verifying both valves are closed then rotate the timer plate until the LED lights.
FYI the engine should start with the timer plate centered unless something else is amiss. What brand timer plate did you get ? Some replacement timer plates require a different timer cup.
 

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I replaced the timing plate since it looked kinda melted, but since it won't start setting the timing has been an issue. i just positioned the plate dead center and went from there. Is it possible to have spark and have a faulty ignition module? Thinking I may have fried it when I jumped my bike.
Per Ronniespartsfinder the '98 Sportster has an integrated ignition module, everything under the timer cover.
Does the OP have something else ?
Oh forget this post, OP has a '95 883 ... duh !
 

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Ha! Schmidty you're correct once again... Just went to the Dennis Kirk website to verify which plate I purchased. Its only for 88-94 XLH.... F$%$ MY FACE!!
 

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Disregard last post... I did purchase the correct plate. Bike just cranked and cranked ... nothing. Starting to think I may have top end damage. That would be strange to happen from just getting a jump start, right?
 

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The ignition timing wouldn't cause top end damage. Take plugs out, either replace or give a really good cleaning and drying.
Wet plugs are most likely fouled, bench charge battery, not a tender, a real charger. then have it load tested.
Sounds like a fouled plug problem. Never start with throttle open, very easy to flood engine.
 
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