I checked the starter and it appears fine, took it loose from the flywheel and checked that the starter worked freely. It did.
Does it look like anything is missing here??? Reason for this question will be evident later!!
With the starter off the kick starter still wouldn't turn the motor over??? So I pull the tranny...and this is what I found....Look at the metal at the bottom of the picture. Is this part of the clutch or maybe something off the starter?? I was able to turn the motor from the flywheel side, but I did feel some metal binding a little. After a few turns the metal flakes freed themselves. Where could this metal come from
. A good thing is that the tranny turns over freely w/ the kick start and at the input and output shafts. I'll pull the clutch and maybe see something.
The only symptom I had was that the starter was getting slow to engage when pushing the starter button. Actually not slow it just didn't do anything and after pushing the button a few times it would work.