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1978 yamaha dt400 kickstart won’t return

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Hi everyone I’m back,

I’m so close to getting this to run properly. Just a few days ago when trying to start the bike the kickstart did not want to return all the way. I took off the side panel to take a look on what’s wrong but I can’t see any obvious problem so far. Just in case, does anyone know a YouTube video or or a photo guide on how I can fix the kickstart. Anything will help.

thank you everyone in advance!
09 Mar 2023 16:30 #1

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Replied by msavitt on topic 1978 yamaha dt400 kickstart won’t return

I have same bike, mine is kinda limp too, but does goes up all the way (albeit without a snap) so I haven't dug into it instead preferring less preload on old spring vs. stiff shaft, but my instinct is that if your shaft stays limp you likely need one more turn of preload
Last edit: 09 Mar 2023 17:24 by msavitt. Reason: typo
09 Mar 2023 17:24 #2

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Replied by RT325 on topic 1978 yamaha dt400 kickstart won’t return

Is it possible the stop hasn't been fitted in line with the dot on the spline [if its this type & i'm wildly guessing]. The dot would determine spring preload.
www.partzilla.com/catalog/yamaha/motorcycle/1978/dt400e/starter
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09 Mar 2023 18:10 #3

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Replied by Sneezles61 on topic 1978 yamaha dt400 kickstart won’t return

Just age that causes this? Never had mine apart (rt2) and it started that last fall..
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10 Mar 2023 05:29 #4

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Replied by msavitt on topic 1978 yamaha dt400 kickstart won’t return

hmm...a dot?  now I am going to take a closer look at mine
10 Mar 2023 07:47 #5

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Replied by Ht1kid on topic 1978 yamaha dt400 kickstart won’t return

Mauser is probably correct on the case screws my CT1C did the same thing but I was using a aftermarket gasket so I changed to genuine Yamaha because it was thicker and solved my problem 
10 Mar 2023 16:45 #6

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Replied by RT325 on topic 1978 yamaha dt400 kickstart won’t return

I'm guessing by looking at pics--but-- if the two dots are aligned & spring is a bit weak i'm thinking you would getaway with moving it one spline towards more tension or possibly two. No way could you wind it up half a turn without coil binding when kicking. Guessing, as i said.
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