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06 Drz400s hard starting. Auto decompression?

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06 Drz400s

FMF exhaust

3x3 mod

Kick start kit.

59,000 miles original owner

My bike has a fresh top end rebuild, new stator, and a new starter, along with a kick start kit recently added. It is a bitch to kick over. Before the kick start was installed, the starter had one hell of a time turning the engine over.

I checked the valve clearances, and the are within specifications.

I have a concern about my auto decompression mechanism. Upon inspection, I found that it has some play. I can wiggle the mechanism side to side. Is play normal??

I have a slight abnormal ticking when my bike is running. I'm thinking that the play in the auto decompression, is that noise.

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Slight play is normal, ticking at idle as well. You can look at my post history for a video of how much mine ticks when turned over

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Thanks! I guess I will just light it on fire and ghost ride it off a cliff!

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So what do you mean by the starter struggling with the engine? Does it cycle many times before it comes to life? Or does it drain the battery fast? In my experience, the size of batteries that fit this bike is not going to crank for all that long.

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