How are you guys. Ima new 1980 xs650 owner and have had crappy luck with my mechanics. I have read almost all of the starter 4th gear repair and instructions. But I went ahead and paid a mechanics to do the fix for me because I though I would have him do it in no time and I'm on the road again. Apparently has he as trying to do the bendix fix, some how he finds a loose gear which he claims to be attached to the starter shaft inside the engine by the crank shaft. He doesn't know if this loose gear was a result of his work or if the gear was already like this. He claims he cannot take this loose gear out due to it's logged position within the engine. We have to split the cases and remove or fix the problem form there. Is this possible? I have read the starter threads and there is no one speaking of a gear slipping throughout this process into this area. At this point I really don't care about the starter and willing to kick start it in only 25. I just want to enjoy my bike and ride.