True. Thanks Josh but I kinda doubt that the plastic parts (totalling less than 5 bucks with tax) will as they appear to be designed to wear down sacrifically. One thing I didn't note yet is that while firing up the motor to check shifting operation (successfully I might add ...I noticed that the warmup lever is not working; I must have reassembled the link incorrectly when I put the control casing back together. So, I'll be pulling that off again for try number two... Stay tunedLooks good.
hopefully it will last the life of the motor.
Its great when you can make or fix a part instead of buying it...
Good job tracking down the culprit.