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I have a 1974 Honda 125XL that has a stripped out starter gear.  The gear that we removed has 30 teeth.  All the BOM's i look at for this model show a 29 tooth gear.  There is also a 30 tooth pinion gear that I need to replace that comes up as a 29 tooth.  Have there been any changes to the starter gear sets?

Thanks for your help

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Joe, Yes, there was an updated kickstarter gear set for the 100-125s models from Honda. You will have to track down the updated parts and change them as a set. If you have a dealer with old parts books or has been there for a long time, they may have the parts bulletins available, describing the change and the part numbers involved. You can't mix/match the gears.

Use the parts with 383 codes in the middle.

reference

http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xl125-k0-usa_model825/partslist/E++11.html#results

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.

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I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

Organizations
VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

Publications
VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

Education/Credentials
3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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