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Hola - first post...just bought an aftermarket connector rod for my 2013 HD Electra Glide. I adjusted the length to match the stock connector rod it replaced and now it won't upshift beyond 3rd gear - any suggestions? Should I adjust it longer or shorter - I'm thinking longer. Tks - seahund
 

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The adjustment procedure is outlined in your Service Manual...
 

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Won't shift past 3rd? Doesn't make sense. The shifter doesn't move farther the higher the gear.
 

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for my 99 place in third and basically you should have equal free play and spring pressure in both directions... adjust linkage accordingly... don't think you need to adjust shifter pawl.
 

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There could be different distances between the detents on the shift drum. I'd start with the manual. I'd guess it needs to be a bit longer.
 

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The length of the shifter rod, only sets the position of the pedal. Might be difficult to shift if the pedal is too high or low but should not effect the shifting above a certain gear.
 

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The length of the shifter rod, only sets the position of the pedal. Might be difficult to shift if the pedal is too high or low but should not effect the shifting above a certain gear.
I did not know that. Learn something new every day....:thumbsup
 

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I did not know that. Learn something new every day....:thumbsup
I'm gonna be a bit nasty here. But, if you were paying attention to what you were doing you would have seen what is being said. Second, if you would have adjusted it a bit longer or shorter while you were trying to get right, you would have answered your own question. The rod doesn't adjust the shift position inside the case. It just adjust the pedal position. Adjust it to fit the boot or shoes you are wearing and what feels comfortable to shift easily. I personally only want to pivot my toes to shift, not lift my foot.
 

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Is it not shifting while sitting still or while you ride it?
 

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I'm gonna be a bit nasty here. But, if you were paying attention to what you were doing you would have seen what is being said. Second, if you would have adjusted it a bit longer or shorter while you were trying to get right, you would have answered your own question. The rod doesn't adjust the shift position inside the case. It just adjust the pedal position. Adjust it to fit the boot or shoes you are wearing and what feels comfortable to shift easily. I personally only want to pivot my toes to shift, not lift my foot.
I`ll return the favor.... First. If you had taken the time to read the thread you would have known it is not SoftailBilly with the problem. Which your response seems to be 100% directed at.
Second. No one, even you, knows it all when it comes to every little nut\bolt\ and nuance of Harleys. The myriad of adjustments that may be needed.
If a person never experienced the problem, changed the particular part, had reason to work on a particular component of their bike then they never had need to know or research it.
Chill.
 

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So, has the problem been found/solved?
I think an answer to the, "sitting still or riding it", question may help. Unless of course this is a one and run OP.
 

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There could be a small possibility that the linkage shaft going from the rod to the shifter peddle has excessive wear causing it to snag/bind. Disconnect the shifter rod and make sure the shifter shaft rolls both ways smooth, also it would not hurt to disassemble and lube it anyway.
 

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I'm gonna be a bit nasty here. But, if you were paying attention to what you were doing you would have seen what is being said. Second, if you would have adjusted it a bit longer or shorter while you were trying to get right, you would have answered your own question. The rod doesn't adjust the shift position inside the case. It just adjust the pedal position. Adjust it to fit the boot or shoes you are wearing and what feels comfortable to shift easily. I personally only want to pivot my toes to shift, not lift my foot.
If you had been paying attention. The shifter problem is not mine. I was only making a observation. But I will use the info to fine tune my shifter pedal so my other set of boots fits under pedal better. I also like to just use my toes to shift. Have great day.
 

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There could be a small possibility that the linkage shaft going from the rod to the shifter peddle has excessive wear causing it to snag/bind. Disconnect the shifter rod and make sure the shifter shaft rolls both ways smooth, also it would not hurt to disassemble and lube it anyway.
Agree with you. HD shifter rod is not a fine piece of engineering that's for sure.
 
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