Could really use some advice...
So I've removed the exhaust, rear tire, changed oils, changed belt, inspected/cleaned/replaced some variator parts, given it heart and soul, etc etc but now I can't get the damn rear tire back on. Although it appears the grooves are lining up, it just doesn't go past what you see in the photo, so I can't place the washer, nut, cover and cotter pin and finish getting my Ray back on the road.
I did have to use a breaker bar and an extra set of hands to help get the nut off as it was tight, but it doesn't look like the protruding piece that connects to the tire is bent, or too bent that I shouldn't be able to at least get the tire on and go from there. The picture doesn't show how well the grooves seem to align..but it does make it look at little bit more bent that it looks in person.
In learning how to remove/replace tire by watching videos (big ups HappyParrot and Robot) I noticed it was ok to use mallet to remove tire, but not so much to put it back in as I imagine it can ruin the grooves. I put anti-seize which should help it glide in, and gave it a lil mallet anyway- but nothing worked.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.