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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

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.


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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.


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.

VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

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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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