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The first engaging tooth of my kickstart quadrant is mullered and occasionally locks whilst trying to kick over. I know that the first tooth is a half tooth lead in. Looking at the quadrant it looks fairly symmetrical and I was wondering if the other end first tooth was ground down to 1/2 tooth, could it be turned over and reused? I would doubt if all of the teeth are used at the bottom of the kick. Any thoughts?


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Normal bodge is to take off the first tooth completely and then take 1/2 of the 2nd tooth off and lose some kickstart movement. Your version would work as long as the indexing allows it which it does not.

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This one’s on a reversed quadrant, but Kommando’s procedure is the sensible fix.

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Thanks for your input kommando. I suppose I could do that bodge as effectively that is happening anyway but the loss of important movement is a nuisance. I am not sure what you mean by ' the indexing' though? Maybe you mean that the kickstart lever would end up in the wrong position?


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You’ll never miss the small arc of movement lost when you remove one tooth.


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As you can see here, the end of the quadrant is not as strong as the beginning. Reversing it could cause a breakage.

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It’s also worth saying that, even with all parts in perfect condition, it might still occasionally jam.


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What TT said plus the kick Start lever position will change, just look at the 6 splines and how they relate to the 2 recesses.

When your quadrant is worn the mating gear must also be worn, best to renew both.

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You have a point about the strength of the end of the train. I think I will be spending more money.


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