Hi joe and Ziggy,
To answer your questions
Joe I believe the return spring is in the right place (how could it be in the wrong place? The tapered end is towards the out side extremity of the bike (the wider end of the spring closer to the center of the bike.
Ziggy: Yes there is free play on the clutch plate. How could you adjust if there wasn't though. Assuming it is assembled properly, there is no adjustment of free play.... correct??
Check out my updated Clutch post if you're interested
Talk to you soon,