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Highly overlooked service tip, that could cost you big labor dollars and time down.

You all know you have a shifter, with a piece of linkage that leads to the trans. Move shifter pedal = moves linkage = moves shift lever on trans.



Now.... grab that trans shifter lever (on the trans) and see if it's loose. Not front to rear as much as side to side. Check for both.

The shifter arm is a soft, cast metal. There's a 1/4" allen head bolt that holds it tight, like your shifter peg that your foot operates. If it comes loose enough, long enough, it's eventually strip out the teeth, leading to an inner primary removeal to replace it.

Using a 1/4" allen socket and a 3" extension on a 3/8" wrench, snug the allen bolt and all the play is gone/ Mine was super loose. 1995 bike with 37K. Food for thought....

 

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good advise..
I had 2 friends already this same situation happened to...
Its a MAYOR headache and if your not confident to be able to remove the inner primary, you're gonna spend big $$$$ having it done....
 

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very good tip. i had to take inner primary off to change mine last winter.

i check it at every oil change now
 

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Thank you for the tip. I will be checking that as soon as I get home from work. :thumbsup
 

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Checked mine and it is in good shape....

Thanks as always, and keep the tips coming, Dave and all.
Always appreciate the advice from all you guys.
DeeDay
 

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I finally remembered to check this today. The seal is leaking and there is a lot of play. HD shop will repair under warranty on the 23rd of September.
I assume it has been loose for a while, it is pretty worn. I just went over 14000 miles.

Thank you again Dave, I could have ended up stuck on the side of the road somewhere.

If I am in PA I will try to find you and buy the beer.
 

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I try to remember to give the pivots and ball ends a shot of Break-Free CLP or Zep-45 when I do an oil change.

WD-40 will attract dirt and gum up.
 

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Thank you for this tip. I just bought a running fixer upper and these are the very kinds of things to be checked out before hiting the road so as not to be stranded on the side of it.
 

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:thumbsuplove the tips you get from just reading through these posts. just bought my first Harley so all the tips are good. got a 3 year warranty and 2 years pre paid maintenance. so its all good , but i like to check on stuff myself.
 

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Funny. Talked to a guy just the other day who had that problem happen to him on a road trip. Bet he wished he'd read this thread...
 

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Look down between the inner primary and trans to locate the shift shaft. Move the foot shifter while observing the shift shaft. If the shift linkage moves a bit without turning the shift shaft it's loose.
You can try re-tightening the pinch bolt, it'll take a good hard turn to tighten it. You'll need a long Allen driver to reach the bolt.
 
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