Next step in Kawasaki KZ650 engine assembling was connecting rod installation. As usual, I applied mix of engine oil and Liqui Moly LM48 molybdenum grease to connecting rod bearing inserts.
After this I greased crankshaft bearing inserts with a mix of molybdenum grease and engine oil and installed the crankshaft into its place. In this way the upper half of the crankcase was mostly ready for assembling.
Meanwhile I proceeded to lower half of the engine case. First I had to install a kickstarter mechanism. There are three retaining rings (circlips) to be installed on the kickstarter shaft. They all may look identical, but in fact only two of them are identical. Third retaining ring size is slightly different, so mind not to mix those rings up.
With the kickstarter mechanism correctly assembled and in its place my next step was assembling the gear shift mechanism. I did it by the book using a new lock washer for shift drum guide bolt and cotter pin for 3rd gear shift fork.