So I've searched and found good info - I know how to do most things regarding the swap (in theory) but wanted more input cause my issue is kinda' slightly different here.
So pulling the engine isn't an option here. I can't split the case myself as I have no tools to do the full job and no room.
Over a year ago the bike fell pretty hard onto its left side, cracking the stator cover and potentially causing this mishap - because I got hit by a car and have since replaced the cover leaking oil, and fixed my problem except this.
Okay so the problem:
My first gear slips out of first into neutral. This will happen when I give it too much gas (above 8-9k RPM) and or I am downshifting coming to a stop, I hit 1st gear, and then it'll just pop out into neutral as if I didn't slam hard enough (I do lol...). NO OTHER GEAR DOES THIS. 2nd - 6th are FINE.
I mitigate this issue by holding my foot down onto the gear shift lever, and sometimes I can feel that it doesn't shift into first all the way (level is still loose as opposed to a solid feeling when you hit first and can't kick down anymore). So I kick down usually multiple times, and hold my foot on it. Been doing this for over a year now.
I don't have the cash to pay a mechanic to fix it, since it'll easily be $1k+ in repairs and I know how to switch the shift forks from a DIY here. Not afraid of that. Just got a question on what the hell that vice grip looking tool is in this thread: 05-06 ZX6R/RR Change out shifting forks - KawiForums - Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums
Anywho - what do you guys think it is from my symptoms? Worn shift fork not staying in gear under heavy torque? Dogs? Drums? If it's the last two and I gotta' split the case, I'm just gonna' sell the bike for $1000 and down pay to a new zx6. I really don't wanna' get rid of my bike, and I don't think anyone would buy it like this anyway.
Also - I have 28k miles on it. I've put about 20k on her, never abused or stunted.