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2 issues with my '76 XLCH chopper project. Engine is in the frame together but...

1. The kicking stroke will kick just fine a few times but eventually *POP* on the down kick like the ratchet teeth aren't grabbing. I can't feel any in-and-out play on the kicker shaft, and all the gear teeth are in great shape, but there is not a .007" shim installed. Could I need one or two anyway? Once in a while the kicker stays down too, and i have to bump it back up.

2. I've only got about 2" of clearance on this frame. The pedal just about hits the ground before finishing the stroke, forcing me to ratchet up, step on the pedal, then release again before being able to make another kick. If I adjust the assembly forward inside, the pedal ends up a little too far forward for an efficient kick. Any work arounds known? Thanks. kicker pic below.

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Well first ur kicker petal seems to b on facing the wrong way but I'm sure that's not the answer u needed

Next if the ratchet is slipping check out Dr dicks giving kicker slip the boot in the stickies ur bushing is probably toast but it'd a fairly cheap and easy ish thing to fix if u follow the sticky

Lastly for the kicker hitting the ground mine does it as well tho I have a bit more clearance but it can b a good thing for when the kicker does slip it will prevent over extending ur knee which is very painful several guys on here have ended in surgery from it
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Well first ur kicker petal seems to b on facing the wrong way but I'm sure that's not the answer u needed

Next if the ratchet is slipping check out Dr dicks giving kicker slip the boot in the stickies ur bushing is probably toast but it'd a fairly cheap and easy ish thing to fix if u follow the sticky

Lastly for the kicker hitting the ground mine does it as well tho I have a bit more clearance but it can b a good thing for when the kicker does slip it will prevent over extending ur knee which is very painful several guys on here have ended in surgery from it
It was indeed. Quick mock-up for pics, NOT how I was attempting to kick. I would deserve the broken shin for that one. thanks for the sticky link, My bushings were fairly new, could still be bad though. I'll follow his recommendations.
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I kinda figured it was just for the pic but u nvr kno lol
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kicker arm not returning could be binding on the bushing in the sprocket cover. make sure the bolts are tight. the next time you kick through and it sticks, loosen the cover bolts and see if it frees up immediately - if it does there is some kind of misalignment.
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Unfortunately a lot of them do this, leading to the dreaded "Sportster knee"...Mine does, so I usually use the button, I'm lucky to have both on my 75 XLH. Kicked it for years, though, and overextended my knee many times...Dr. Dick has the solution on the other thread, though..
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the .007 shim is to take up side play,on the kicker shaft.a,worn bushing in the ratchet gear is the usual cause of kicker slip.DR DICK cover's all the bases,in the link provided.
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The 007 shims, according to the FSM, are needed only of parts are worn.
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