Main Motorcycle: 2012 Tiger XC
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Webster Groves, Missouri, USA
Other Motorcycle: My RED '02 Sprint ST
Extra Motorcycle: 99 Thunderbird Sport
You should be able to "force" the plunger down. It will move. Then when you assemble it and turn your key on, it will extend to the closed position, then retract and open up. That's how mine works on my 02, but I AM ASSUMING IT WORKS THE SAME ON THE 99. If I'm wrong, please let me know.
2002 Sprint St, RaceTech Springs and GVE, Reworked Shock, Raised Rearsets!
Zero Gravity DB Windscreen, CF Tankpad, 18T Front Sprocket, Fuel Pressure Regulator Mod
Quick Turn Throttle Mod, Michelin PR3, CF TOR, Corbin Seat, Luggage Rack