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post #21 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 06:54 PM
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Found three of the four levers loose ,slightly,when doing my 1000mi on my SGS. Removed added loctite tightened securely been good since. I have checked at each service. When I mentioned it to the tech at dealership he said that it was part of their fastener check during service. Good habit to check all bolts ,peace of mind.
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I could be wrong, but there are several talking about checking torques and such. I believe the problem that was originally asked about is the shaft that goes into the tranny. Isn't it behind the the primary? And you can't get to it unless you pull everything apart.


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I could be wrong, but there are several talking about checking torques and such. I believe the problem that was originally asked about is the shaft that goes into the tranny. Isn't it behind the the primary? And you can't get to it unless you pull everything apart.
no, there are the two on the heel toe shifter the front yoke on the front of the linkage shaft. on the rear of the shaft is the yoke on the shifter shaft coming out of the gear box. it's outside the gear box and behind the rear primary case. plenty of room to check torque on the bolt.
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Has your shift shaft stripped out yet?

^^^This.

Use an Allen key socket with a wiggler (or u-joint) and an extension on your ratchet. Probably best to break it loose by backing off a half turn, then re-torque it down good and tight. If you just try to go tighter to begin with, friction will probably prevent you from breaking tension to tighten it up.


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Once the levers are nicely tightened, the ball joints at both ends of the shift rod have a tendency to fail starting at about 25,000 miles. Replacing them with heim joints (spherical rod ends, whichever name you prefer) is usually a permanent fix.
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Indeed replaced mine, crap ball joints. Touch oil at each joint once a month depending on weather.
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^^^This.

Use an Allen key socket with a wiggler (or u-joint) and an extension on your ratchet. Probably best to break it loose by backing off a half turn, then re-torque it down good and tight. If you just try to go tighter to begin with, friction will probably prevent you from breaking tension to tighten it up.


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I took mine al the way out and put a drop of thread locker on it before I torqued it.
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If you strip your shift shaft then you are yanking it too hard. Keep your hands out of your pants.

Sorry I couldn't pass that one up.
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Stopped in at my dealer yesterday and they brought up an interesting point.....they told me that HD made that portion of the linkage (the lever that sometimes strips out) out of a slightly "softer" metal so as to make it somewhat "sacrificial". Meaning, that IF an owner has a habit of pounding down on the heel shifter, then rather than doing any damage to the transmission itself that portion of the linkage will take the hit and eventually fail to save the transmission.

Several, at the dealership pointed out that many who use a heel shifter have a tendency to really stomp on it and thus eventually cause the striping of that portion.....while others have a much "lighter" heel and never experience a failure. However, they all suggested that it's probably a good idea to wrench it snug every once in awhile, just as a precaution. They also commented that HD makes the linkage a bit more complex than needed and should consider a re-design somewhere down the road.
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Took the lame ass heal shifter off first day I got the bike and keep an eye on the tightness when doing a service.
Also never slam the gears.......No problems in over 50k miles.
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