Re: Clutch problems/ high resistance and reversed lever
To move the clutch lever by hand you can use a box-end wrench if the cable's not attached yet. Slide it over the clutch lever and use it as an extension lever. Otherwise I'll sometimes lock a pair of vice grips (or just use pliers/channel locks)on to the clutch arm where it pivots and turn it from there (not the nut on top, it comes undone to change the position of the clutch arm relative to the mechanism).
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