My first post in this section...hello all.
Please forgive my lack of proper terminology.
Ok, (venting) I experienced a crazy electrical problem. I hit the start button, heard a crazy whine then my starter smoked. Smoked alot. I found the fried components (starter, solenoid & starter lead cable), bought new, installed & still had the same problem but this time I only had the positive battery cable clamped on and was able to pull it off quickly before further damage. After scratching my head for a couple hours I figured out what had happened. An inner primary case bolt had fallen out & lodged between the bottom of the primary and the big gear that the starter drive gear engages. This locked everything up tight and for whatever reason, wasn't letting the solenoid cut power to the starter. It just stayed on...until it melted the starter lead, solenoid and starter.
Here's the bolt,
Here's where it came from,
And just behind the clutch you'll see the large gear that it locked up...
So I've cleaned the inside thoroughly (drain plug has a magnet that caught the majority of the shavings) and reassembled everything. Now I need to refill the primary and would like suggestions about what is best and how much does it require.
Sorry for the rant...it's been 30 degrees here all week and today it's supposed to get to 60. I'd love to ride it one last time before it snows.
Thanks in advance!