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Kick Start Installation Advice Needed

3296 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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Could you tell me what exactly the tool is that helps you keep the clutch basket from spinning while you take off that 24 mm nut?


You aren't alone. I managed to break off TWO screw mounts. Of course, it's equally broken whether it's missing one or two. I knew it was was a bad plan, but I was out of ideas. I wish I'd checked this forum 2 hours ago...
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When I called North Bay Yamaha to order the broken part, they suggested putting the clutch plates back in, holding the clutch basket with one hand and using an impact wrench. Just tried it and it worked great.
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