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November 6th, 2017, 10:05 AM   #11
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yes you need the washer. yes you are right

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November 7th, 2017, 03:55 AM   #12
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Click into neutral before stopping and just after you pull the clutch in. ...dont coast first. If you miss the chance to do that.... when stopped reach down and pull it into neutral with your hand which has a more subtle use of force than your foot. Use the recommended oil.
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November 10th, 2017, 07:45 PM   #13
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Thanks Taff,

So now that washer has arrived, I've "reset" the kick starter, and timing is aligned (1 dot between 2 dots), old gasket peeled off, new gasket mounted. I've put some heat shrink over the water pump shaft temporarily, to ease into the water pump seal. New water pump seal on hand. So it's time for remounting the clutch cover, and have a few questions:

1) Not wanting the kick starter shaft to "unset" itself, is this easier done with bike on my service stand or on it's right side?

2) Should I seat the water pump seal onto the case, and then slide the whole thing over the shaft that way - or should I leave the seal off, and pop in after case is fully in? Not wanting to mess up the new seal ...

Thanks folks. Caveat - this is the first time I've opened an engine case, so this whole experience is new ground for me. Sorry if questions are obvious or dumb - I make no claim of skill in this regard....


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November 11th, 2017, 12:42 AM   #14
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put the seal in the cover. put a little oil on the heat shrink. the kickstart will not mind if the engine is vertical or on the right but your left cover gasket WILL appreciate it being on the right.

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