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Kick Start Installation Advice Needed

3293 Views 10 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  TW-Brian
One of my first attempts at wrenching my new-to-me 2009 T-dub is to install a kick start kit from North Bay Yamaha. Unfortunately, I'm evidently a slow learner and need a bit of advice.

After removing the pressure plate from the clutch basket, I attempted to use a 24mm socket to allow removal of the clutch basket. No good, the entire bolt spun (probably, I now believe, because the engine was in neutral). At that time, though, I braced off of one of the 4 posts into which the springs and bolts that hold the pressure plate in place. Snapped off the post (btw, a new one costs $54 from the good folks @ North Bay Yamaha).

At this juncture, I can't seem to get the engine out of neutral. Tried turning the engine by hand - no go. Replaced the pressure plate (with the 3 remaining bolts & springs)& turned engine over - likewise, no go.

Any suggestions to 1) Get engine in gear, so I can then 2) remove the clutch basket?

Also,during all this a single large ball bearing (approx 7 mm) appeared on the ground. Any suggestions where this might belong?

Thanks for any suggestions. Learning new stuff is fun. Learning the hard way, less so. Time for an attitude adjusting 12oz., I guess. Happy Friday, y'all.
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I went through this process in Feb. I found the perfect tool for holding the clutch basket; a c-clamp visegrip. It worked great for holding while losening the nut as well as tighening and torqueing it.

Happy Trails All

Ron in Boise
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