How much play should the kickstart shaft have?

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My kickstart lever shaft in the gear box has about 1/16 inch or a little more of back and forth play. Is this OK?
 
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That is too much. You might experience gearchange difficulties and apparent clutch drag when the box is warm.
You can fit shims behind the kickstart pawl mechanism and need to aim at 5 to 10 thou end float (0.1 to 0.25 mm). Rear isolastic shims do the job and are available in various thicknesses.
 
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Thanks. I will be fixing that in the next few weeks. Since I don't know exactly what is going on with this much play in the shaft, I wondered if I could possibly do harm to the bike by riding it before fixing the problem?
 
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To reask my question: Is excessive end play (.060 - .090) in the kick start shaft reason enough not to run the bike until I fix it? Also, does replacing the pawl and shimming behind the pawl require taking off the inner gear box cover. From the exploded view, it looks like the outer cover would only need to be removed. Thanks.
 

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The inner cover must be removed to access the pawl. Also the shims fit between the kickstart shaft and the inner face of the inner cover, so removal is necessary.
 
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