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ok, I have a very metallic noise coming from primary side of engine. I have replaced the split gear spring with no change in the sound. The sound is very loud at idle and goes away as you rev the engine. I am almost sure it is coming from the starter gear trying to engage with the gear on the back of the clutch or perhaps just hitting the clutch gear. Any ideas on what might be going on and a fix?
 
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When you had it apart , did you check to make sure the starter ring gear is tightly bolted to the backside of the clutch basket ? Also , Have you heard any other 961's to compare the sound ? When you pull in on the clutch lever does the sound get better (quieter) ?
 
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Thanks for the input but I found the problem. Starter button spring was bad allowing contact(vibration) which meant the starter was trying to engage when the engine was running. Ordered a new started button/ kill switch unit from Amazon for $6.
 
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OMG ! Glad you found it . Let us know how you like the 961 .
 

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Thanks for the input but I found the problem. Starter button spring was bad allowing contact(vibration) which meant the starter was trying to engage when the engine was running. Ordered a new started button/ kill switch unit from Amazon for $6.

Might want to check what the pinion gear looks like after all of that contact with the ring gear on a running motor.
 
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I do need to check the condition of the starter gear. Can one look at it and tell whether it is good or bad?
 
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