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Almost finished D10/D7 mix
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GlenAnderson
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March 21, 2021 - 11:37 am
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With regard to the kickstart, as you have already learned, the levers are a bit fragile. To be honest, the whole kickstart mechanism is only just up to the job, and if you have a reluctant starter it’s really easy to damage something slogging away on it. It’s not a bad idea to practice the art of bump starting. If my bike has been standing more than a week or two it’s almost impossible to start on the kickstart, so I don’t even try because I know it will go instantly with a bump. 

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Good advice Glen.  I will weld a tube over the broken end for now, but intend to replace it later.  Will a folding arm lever work on my bike?  In the mean time I will learn the art of solo bump starting, otherwise have to always have an assistant with me.

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March 22, 2021 - 12:00 pm
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Yes, a folding lever should fit. 

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March 22, 2021 - 1:10 pm
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As previously stated a folding kickstart should fit. As you may already know, you will need a small spline kickstart. Many kickstarts on sale at the moment are for the larger spline kickstarts.
Unfortunately some sellers say that their kickstarts fit all models or just don't specify. This is not correct. D1-D10 all had small splines. Later D14 and all B175s had the larger splines.
From memory the small spline measures 3/4" and the large is 7/8" but not sure of those figures.

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March 23, 2021 - 9:25 am
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Thanks Mike, Glen.  I did wonder about the size after checking them out in the internet.  Spent hours getting the side panels to fit properly.  Perhaps they never will.

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March 23, 2021 - 11:55 am
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The side panels are a pain, they’re different from D7 to D10 to D14 and the arrangement of bolts, screws, spacers and brackets is bewildering.  If you get hold of a parts book the exploded diagrams are good. 

“There’s nothing new under the sun”.

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You are not kidding. Easier to build the engine.

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