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Gear linkage problem

The gear linkage fell off the pinion on the back of the gearbox on my Metal Stone yesterday. Simple enough to put back on. But is there a trick to tightening the bolt on the clamp that attaches to the pinion? I spent two hours with fingers jammed into the frame with a L-shaped allen key trying to tighten it. I'm not happy about how tight I've manged to get it. The bolt head is on top of the clamp - if it was beneath the clamp I could get my 6 T-bar hex onto it and tighten it in a jiffy. If I remove the battery

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Does the battery tray remove easily to allow acces to the pinion?What if you replace the allen cap screw with a hex cap. Mine is a hex and it's fairly easy to remove and install with a 10mm wrench. Of course I'm talking about a different model here? Just a thought.,

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