Kick starter conversion/rear cover questions


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El Taco
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Kick starter conversion/rear cover questions

Postby El Taco » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:49 pm



I've put a 78 engine in my 77, and now I'd like for it to have the kick starter. I have the rear cover removed, and it has a gasket. What I've read is to replace it with silicone. Is that the standard procedure?

Also, I'd like to polish the cover, or at least the vast majority of visible surface area. I'm considering shaving the chrome heat shield, has anyone seen one shaved before? Will my left ankle hate me for it?



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Re: Kick starter conversion/rear cover questions

Postby JellyBelly » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:41 am

Just curious...why would you want the kick start. I mean that's fun and all, and the easiest kick start in the world...but still. Just wondering.

Shaving the heat shield....doesn't sound like a good idea.
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Re: Kick starter conversion/rear cover questions

Postby El Taco » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:09 pm

I've already decided to make a gasket for it, and to keep the chrome. I'd like to swap the parts because aside from the fact that I like the secondary starter, it came with the option and I have the lever.

Now the bike's been parked for a while, and a puddle of oil is under it, looks like it came from the clutch adjuster. I'm going to be swapping the cover, so should I look at the oil pump behind the clutch while I'm in there?
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