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Old 07-25-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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Cry Kickstart Idle Gear

Hey everyone,

I am a long time lurker and have learned a ton from all the info on this site. A couple years back I bought a 1971 R 60/5 and now after a few good years with the bike I am trying to sell it before I go on active duty next year.

Unfortunately, the day before I was going to show it I hit the kickstarter and gear oil started to rush out of the back. After searching the forums, I think I've diagnosed the problem (the kickstart idler gear came loose from the cover), but I don't know the best way to do about dealing with it.

So far my options seem to be the following:

1. Take the gearbox out, remove the cover, then fish out the gear and drill/tap it and bolt it to the cover.

2. Take off the gearbox and send it away to be repaired by a pro.

3. Buy a new gearbox and stick it in.

While I do want to give the next owner a bike that's not about to fall apart, I would like to limit the repairs and cost (e.g. not doing a full transmission rebuild). Based on this, what do you think would be the best option?

As far as my experience level I have a fair amount of mechanical experience from my past work, but this is the first bike that I've wrenched on.

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Old 07-25-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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I say option number 1.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:40 PM   #3
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Thanks again for the input.

Besides what it says in the shop manual (I have Haynes) are there any tips to removing the gearbox/cover?
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:11 PM   #4
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Agree, option #1. I've done it a bizzillion times.
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:19 PM   #5
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If you have to remove the rear cover you need this tool (or something equivalent)

It is sold by Cycle Works. $74
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