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OK...I'm going to display my frustration for all to see. I had to pull my starter to install the positive cable. Now I can't seem to get the darn thing to go back in. it stops about 1/4" from going all the way in. I have wriggled, tapped, pushed, pulled, twisted, turned, and cursed prolifically. Still, it will not budge any further. What in the world am I doing wrong? Open to any suggestions!
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Shake the bike up & down while installing the starter, works every time!
 

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You might need to reach in and randomly spin the reduction gear between attempts until it happens to mesh.
 

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The o-ring (particularly an old original stiff one) can resist full insertion of the starter. I sometimes need to lever/pry them in fully. Be sensitive to the difference between the soft resistance of the o-ring and the hard stop of metal to metal interference so you don’t gorilla your way to a broken part though.
 

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The o-ring (particularly an old original stiff one) can resist full insertion of the starter. I sometimes need to lever/pry them in fully. Be sensitive to the difference between the soft resistance of the o-ring and the hard stop of metal to metal interference so you don’t gorilla your way to a broken part though.
Or the wrong section O ring.

Careful using too much force here. The cast idler gear {some are stamped} can actually be cracked or broken if the starter motor is forced in without the teeth meshed.

Use the right O ring with rubber grease. Things go together easier.
 

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I usually have to either gently lever them if in the frame or tap with a mallet to get the o-ring to start into the hole, even if it is lubricated.
BTW: The same silicone based grease you should have for working on brakes is also good for any other rubber parts like the o-rings.
 

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The caliper grease I have appears to be molybdenum based. I have a big tube of silicone grease for electrical and plumbing.
 

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