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Ok. I've run into a problem. I had the entire final drive apart, including the front bevel drive gearcase. I got it all put back together, and realized I had forgotten to put the clutch rod back in. Yeah, stupid I know. So I removed the bevel gear case, and managed to pull the driveshaft out of the rear gearcase. I figure there is a good chance I can get it reengaged at the rear, my question is, since it came loose, is there any possibility the spring could have fallen out on the rear end of the driveshaft, meaning I have to tear everything apart again?
 

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If you have the shaft out, then can't you see down the housing with a flashlight? You might need a mirror if you can't get your head close enough in there, but I would think you should be able to see if it's in there.
 

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Ok, I got it. I have never had the front gearcase off before, so I wasn't thinking. It just barely slipped off the final frive output shaft, but I realized I had no way of telling where the spring was. I went ahead and pulled the shaft out, and the spring was in the coupler. I put some more Honda Moly 60 in there to hold it in place, then slipped the shaft back in, and got it re-engaged with the rear output shaft. The spring is in place, because I can push in on it, and feel the spring compress.

Now I have another problem. In trying to get the bevel gear case lined up with everything, I damaged the gasket. Now I have to order another one. I have decided that the next time I do this, I will install the front gearcase first, then the rear gearcase. It is very difficult to get the front gearcase in place while trying to engage both the U joint and the damper, both of which have springs that try to push the gearcase out and forward at the same time. I also found that while the manual doesn't say so, you also have to remove the left side exhaust pipe from the head. So I also had to order a new crush gasket, and a new graphite gasket for where the pipe goes into what you guys call the goats belly, as the old one shreaded when I removed it.
 
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