RE: $600 2003 Vstar 650?????
i replaced the 5th gear set on my 2000 650 classic, took 2 8hr days and about 200.00 for the gears and gaskets, i had to use my friends press to change the main shaft 5th gear, i used cardboard templates for the bolts ( their are many lengths ) and little wire tags and pictures, it's not a complicated engine, strip the engine in frame as much as possible to lighten it up, or you'll need help twisting it out of the frame, i used shop rags and pull ties to cover the frame so it wouldn't get scratched taking the engine out, to get at the shift drum & forks you do need to split the cases, if the stopper bolt came lose you fix that with the engine in the frame, it's behind the clutch basket, pull the clutch completely out and tell me what you see, the shift shaft spring should straddle the stopper bolt which sometimes backs out. not for nothing but is 5th gear making any noise yet on your classic, kinda sounds like a fan belt hitting a shroud, my old 5th gears were pitted something awful, the early 650s had problems with 5th gears disintegrating
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