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Old 15 Apr 2010
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Kickstarter assembly 43F???

Hello all,

I'm hoping someone can bail me out of a slight problem relating to reassembly of the kickstarter on my 43F 1986 xt 600.

I stripped down the kick assembly to replace the main shaft as the exposed end was quite chewed up from an ill fitting kick lever.

When removing the gears on the shaft I neglected to note their orientation.

The important part in this assembly is, shaft/rachet wheel (smaller kick gear with finger sticking up)orientation.

My Clymer manual states:

for XT :align the dot on the end of the kickstarter shaft with the dot on the ratchet wheel and install the ratchet wheel. Make sure this alignment is correct!

My problem comes about because I have an alignment mark on the shaft but none on the ratchet wheel?????

for TT the manual states:
align the dot on the end of the kickstarter shaft with the straght surface on the ratchet wheel. Make sure the alignment is correct!

So for the experts out there who have taken these things apart sucessfully.

Is it ok for me to apply the the above stated TT alignment proceedure to my XT???? Or will it go boom the first time I kick the bike to life?

If I can't apply the TT rules above. How can I ensure the alignment is correct?

A caution to others:
I had never taken one of these apart before so mistakenly marked the two Kick gears in an attempt to orient them. This was wrong. The important orientation is between the shaft and the smaller gear with the finger. This only becomes an issue if the parts are not punch marked from the factory as they are supposed to be.

Thanks to the experts for their assistance in getting me on track.


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Well I dug up a photo from when I was disassembling the motor.

I shifted the offending gear to various positions on the shaft and compared it to the photo. I'm 99% sure I have it right. Same alignment for the TT as described above. If it goes boom I'll report my findings.

Good thing I took some photos while disassembling the engine!

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