Ok, I got my bike back together with the new rear freewheel hub, new bearing and new grease. I ran it tonight cause I had the itch (even though it has been riding rough as crap). and low and behold, it was smooth as butter!
so I put my warranty plans on hold to see if it holds up...all my problems may have been coming from that rear freewheel hub.
so here's my next question: How do I cut off and shorten the length of my clutch cable so that it doesn't spur? I just replaced the old crappy one with a nice shiny new one, but it is about a foot too long...it needs to be bobbed off a bit. suggestions?