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I have an 02 crf 450r, engines been fully rebuilt and runs but the kickstart mechanism sounds like it is dragging. When pushed in and forward the noise stops but when released it rattles about and clicks like the mechanism is dragging????

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If you push it in and the noise stops its more then likely the ratchet behind the pinion gear. teeth are probably warn down or chipped or something. The parts only like 35.00 but you have to take apart the whole right side of the motor to get to it just to do a visual inspection.

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A couple things to check after removing the side cover: the kickstart stopper plate could be bent slightly causing that, also IIRC there are two marks that need to be aligned on the backside of the kickstart spindle shaft and the kickstart ratchet. Hope that helps

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