Not sure if I would pull it out all the way. Maybe try the 1 1/16" to 1 1/4" spacer mentioned in the threads.
That means I have to open the cover, drain the oil etc so I can install a spacer in there?
Edit: "If all you did was knock off the clip inside the case, you can just pull the lever so it is as far out as you can pull it , then measure the space between the shifter lever and the case.
You just need to take off the shifter and install a spacer or a stack of washers that are add up to that measurement to keep the shifter from moving in towards the engine case."
From one of the threads. Seems like people in that thread recommended pulling it all the way out, then installing a boat load of washers, copper pipe, pvc pipe etc. Whatever that would hold it out - and let it have a little bit of play.
Sorry if I'm nagging, haha, but I'm just a month away from a very long trip where I'm visiting 3 countries. Kinda nervous doing this on an old ass bike, so I want it to be as tip top as possible.