4 speed transmission kick start assembly

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4 speed transmission kick start assembly


Post by panhead_kicker » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:07 pm

Hey folks,
I notice as I kick through several times quickly, one of the kicks will feel like it "slips" and loses contact with the rest of the transmission while making a single "clack!" noise, letting the kick bottom out real fast and end.
Once again, I am in pretty new territory, and I haven't found anything that sounds similar in the knowledge base, nor anything in the service manual that would seem to indicate the problem.
Before I open up the tranny, does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of wear I should be looking for that could cause this?

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Re: 4 speed transmission kick start assembly


Post by jim50EL » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:47 pm

You have something loose or broken under the kicker cover. Most of the time it is a loose fastener. Usually you would know if something broke. Kicker may be serviced without pulling transmission. Good luck...jim

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Re: 4 speed transmission kick start assembly


Post by Cotten » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:36 pm

As Jim suggests,

When the kickshaft itself becomes so worn within its bushings that the copper-dipped pawl upon the kickgear slips upon the clutchgear inside, it does does as you describe, and can hurt your leg and knee badly.

You would see teeth marks where the clutchgear 'walks up' upon the pawl, as well as slop between the shaft and bushings.

Open it up, and replace everything that is worn, and the problem should 'come out in the wash'.

Finding quality replacements will be your next trial.

Good luck!


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Re: 4 speed transmission kick start assembly


Post by panz4ever » Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:56 pm

Baker drivetrain offers what looks like some quality replacement kicker parts.

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Re: 4 speed transmission kick start assembly


Post by 58flh » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:17 pm

I already assumed you checked your clutch-settings!----Richie :shock:

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