Ok, no worries. Is there any chance you were sent the wrong springs? Any chance you have the wrong number of plates or installed in the wrong order? I assume you have slack in the cable and slack in the adjustment mechanism.
I think the Mobile One oil is unlikely the culprit, but you can always try switching back to whatever you used before.
By Nathanb: I have the 1982 GPZ550-H1
Clockwise then counter. .... If anyone knows something else that will keep it from engaging please let me know.
Did you try counterclockwise first? Since I already mentioned it, that would be the common sense thing to do. I'm pretty sure a 550 would be ccw then cw. Some manuals are ambiguous as to the direction, including some Kawasaki FSMs. The page below says ccw until it seats lightly & would apply to the later models, unless another change was made for subsequent years. My 650 manual says ccw until hard to turn.
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