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Kickstart shaft shimming

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Scout63, Jan 14, 2020 at 5:40 PM.

  1. Scout63

    Scout63 VIP MEMBER

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    is it possible to shim the kick start shaft while the gearbox is mounted in the motorcycle? I should have paid more attention when rebuilding the gearbox, but didn’t. It looks like I can pull the outer and inner covers in place. I’m worried about how to rotate the shaft sprocket when fitting everything back. I REALLY don’t want to pull the gearbox. End play is significant. I haven’t put a dial gauge on it but probably close to .050”. Thanks.
     
  2. NPeteN

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  3. comnoz

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    Piece of cake. I have installed new kicker pawls in the gas station lot without even draining the oil.
    But you will curse at it the first time.
     
  4. Scout63

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    Thanks both. I spent so much time on the gearbox rebuild It should feel like homecoming weekend.
     
  5. gortnipper

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    Do it on the side stand, so the tranny oil pools on the inside.
     
  6. Scout63

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    Great tip Gortnipper. I never would have thought of that.
     
  7. gortnipper

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    Like Jim says, I cursed it the first time. On the center stand.
     
  8. acadian

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    One of the benefits of greasing gaskets rather than using RTV, makes jobs like this less fussy
     
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  9. comnoz

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    When I have done mine on the road, I lay the bike clear down with a little padding under the end of the bars. Then I don't even loose any oil.

    I like original gaskets glued solid on one side and greased on the other. Then they stay in place for a long time through several disassembles.
     
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  10. gortnipper

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    And silicon fiberglass ones.
     
  11. Time Warp

    Time Warp .......back to the 70's. VIP MEMBER

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    I generally but not always wipe (wet) the gasket with Loctite 518 or was it 515.

    I have also found the best way to have a gasket not tear or be furbared in any way at removal is to buy a replacement gasket prior to removal.
     
  12. acadian

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    True, though I've only done that with rocker cover gaskets, hi-temp RTV on the engine facing surface, grease on the other
     
  13. comnoz

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    I use superglue gel on one side.
     

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