well, this is what has happened since I posted last.
I put it all together about three times and it was snug and tight (seemingly) and each time the same result. the bike started fine and ran and all, just the bell would come loose. I tried to use the replacement clips I bought, which someone else is running sucessfully in an e-50 now (with the exact same crank) and ... no dice. I used the old clips, no dice. Center, btw, does not have metric circlips. I honestly think they don't exist here.
anyway, today I finally tried a clip that was way too small. it should not have worked, but I tested it (and all the other clips) by putting it on and pulling on it to see if it would come loose. the smaller one would not come out no matter how hard I tugged. now, I had checked to make sure the clutch bell was spinning freely (each time I did this) and this time it seemed ... hard. I didn't think much of it and put everything back together and ... something is locked up. the rear wheel doesn't wanna move much and I am not getting free spinning anything. I can still push it, but it's .. hard ... WTF?! I am so over this shit. (to clarify, it does this with the clutch out ... it's not the clutch locking it up).
I am moving and have spent the past two days trying to deal with this, so ... I gotta stop for awhile ... it has been so nice out too. and all I wanna do is ride!
Brett. I drove by you in my red plumbing van the other day. you were blasting down Lincoln ... looked like so much fun!
James: Treats told me that I shouldn't worry about the stuffing coming out. I wanted to buy the unstuffed, but it was out of stock.
I guess I am gonna have to open the case up and check it out ... not sure what else to do now. Bah!