+1As I experienced myself, and many others, the stock sprag clutch is still a weak link. The replacement will be better. But won't be immortal.Do try to kickstart. It's easy, it's fun, it's vintage, it looks cool.When stuck in the mud then you may cheat.
I love my kick starter...use it all the time. It didn't start worth a crap with it when it was new but once the engine broke in it was one kick only..
Did you get to keep the damaged parts? It would be interesting to see a picture of them.
Sounds like the sprag clutch is going away. Learn to kick start it!Bare