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Shift Lever(s), shaft, bushings .... opinions

Been hearing a rattling/vibration, metal sounding, especially at speeds around 70 and up coming from somewhere in the front. I checked everything up on my jack and I've narrowed it down to the shift lever and or shaft and bushings. the front lever had come loose in the Spring and I probably stripped the teeth some before it gave completely. I was able to tighten it when I got home but there is some slop still. seems to be a little in the shaft as well. I pulled the front and rear off tonight and the teeth are a bit worn on parts of the inner shaft as well as the lever. The were both labelled '1' on the inside so I just swapped the rear to the front, still on the inner teeth but its firm. I don't ever really use the rear but I can get a new (used) lever on ebay for $20 so may. The shaft I will probably replace as well since they're relativel inexpensive also, under $20. I saw one on ebay for $18, aftermarket.
I'm thinking about doing the bushings too since they're cheap enough but the tool to do it goes for $90 and I'll probably do it once. Thoughts?

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I ordered one of the levers from ebay for $20 (free shipping) but I'm going to see if I can get the shaft from my local dealership (not the way it sounds). I'd rather an OEM one rather than aftermarket just to be sure the tolerances aren't minutely off to see if I can get away without replacing the bushings first.

This is the tool though for replacing the bushings. The tool mfg says that the life of the bushings are about 20k miles so might be worth doing it anyway.
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got the parts at the local Dealer. The shaft was $22. I could've got one for $12 on Amazon but aftermarket. Probably no difference but I'd rather support the locals and eliminate any possible tolerance differences
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got the parts at the local Dealer. The shaft was $22. I could've got one for $12 on Amazon but aftermarket. Probably no difference but I'd rather support the locals and eliminate any possible tolerance differences
While you have it apart, think about drilling a hole in the case boss and installing a grease fittiing. I did mine. It's not something that I can give any proof of extending the bushing's life, but it made me feel good.

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While you have it apart, think about drilling a hole in the case boss and installing a grease fittiing. I did mine. It's not something that I can give any proof of extending the bushing's life, but it made me feel good.
Oddly, I've not seen anyone even mention a dab of grease in any of the videos. They sell shafts that actually have a fitting on the end to apply it though. I doubt I'll get through that much trouble to drill and install a fitting as you recommend but your post at least inspires me to put some grease, lithium or otherwise on it when installing it.
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Oddly, I've not seen anyone even mention a dab of grease in any of the videos. They sell shafts that actually have a fitting on the end to apply it though. I doubt I'll get through that much trouble to drill and install a fitting as you recommend but your post at least inspires me to put some grease, lithium or otherwise on it when installing it.
I like that idea. Wonder if they have them for Softails?
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I like that idea. Wonder if they have them for Softails?
I lube shaft , thin film when I take it apart after a good washing of entire bike. About once year. Then again we don't get as much rain out here as some of you have to deal with. Clean and lube it pushing 45K so far so good.

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And our shift lever bushing is nylon IIRC. But yeah I just used some marine grease last time I had mine apart.

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