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  1. #1
    Hydrotoys's Avatar
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    Jul 2005
    Mesa, AZ

    Ultra 250 Reverse Lever Detent removal

    Actually I just cut off the lobe with a dremal. Even if you don't want to cut off the detent, at a minimum, put some grease on it. As it sits, it grinds like sandpaper.

    • -Take off the side cover.
      • 1 nut up front.
      • 2 bolt/nut top and rear.
      • Take off the gas cap at the chain.
      • GENTLY pull the cover over the reverse lever and gas cap.
    • Note which tab it rubs on.
    • Remove the reverse lever.
    • Dremel off the tab.
    • Put everything back together.
    I tested it completely yesterday.

    Upside of being removed:
    • You can smoothly, and quickly go back and forth from for/rev.
    • No more accidentally wretching the handle to the side.
    • No more blindly searching for the button.
    • No more wiggling the handle to get it over the detent.
    • It doesn't pop out of reverse, or forward.
    • No pinching your fingers on the lever.
    Downsides of being removed:
    • I scratched my paint before taking off the side panel.
    • I couldn't find a "neutral" position, very easily unless I held it there.
    • Don't grab the reverse at 10mph, or you will submarine.
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    May 2006
    Weston Florida (Ft. Lauderdale)

    Ultra 250 Easy Forward/Reverse Handle fix

    I for one have been having a hard time pressing that gray lever to
    release the forward/reverse handle. This Kawa seems to be running
    5mph in idle, little time to be fooling with it!

    Take off the left side cowling. You don't have to remove the rubber
    gas cap flange, the cowling will come off as it flexes. You do take off
    the gas cap by removing the chain.

    Unscrew the hex nut holding the handle on. It is secured with red loctite
    and is pretty stiff, it will come off with elbow grease.

    Once off you will see that the gray release lever is held on to the black
    plastic handle by one phillips head screw. Remove it with the return spring
    and reassemble. I used blue loctite (removable one) for putting the black
    F/R handle back on. Put cowling back on and you're done.
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