I posted this in another forum too. My friend has rebuilt my '97 yz250--crank bearings & top end. When he was done he went thru the gears with it on the bench & said it seemed that neutral was between 3-4 gears. He also noticed that the shift drum had left marks on the inside of the case. Not sure if the 2 are related. He may have said it was hard to shift also...I can't rember now as I started getting worried. I did some searching here. Is the reason for nuetral being in the wrong spot due to the nuetral indention mark on the drum being in the wrong spot? Or is it worse than that? As far as the marks, no clue. This is my first bike in alot of years...never had one apart before. My friend is top notch at sleds & pwc's & has done some bike motors but not a ton. He said the tranny is back in the way it came out...nothing looks out of place & is pretty puzzled. Could this all be related possibly to the shift pawls/shaft/drum alignment? Just need a place to start looking. Thanks for any help.