I got one of those boat anchor V1 KS motors from treats, replaced the crank, mag, stator, gaskets, bearings, etc (woulda been cheaper and easier to buy a whole bike from Italy...)
Had it running, then the kicker shaft popped out because there wasn't a circlip inside, so took it off and shelved it, until now.
Pulled the kickstart mechanism apart, and found this masterpiece of butchery:
Looks like a cotter pin rigged in for the pin that the return spring hangs on.
So I punched it out, and my question is, does the pin float in the gear? Is it pressed in? Is there a shoulder on it that keeps it from going in deep and grinding on the cover?
Does it matter? Can I just make a pin and weld it in place?