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I have a 2005 Road King. My shifter goes through the gears just like normal with the bike off. As soon as I start the bike, the shifter just flops around and I cannot change gears with out turning the bike back off. Any ideas?
 

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Should be simple to isolate, there's nothing hidden in the shifting linkage to the transmission.

Need to identify where the slop at the shift lever is coming from first.
Is the lever at the transmission end bouncing around with the shift lever?




If you do find that the joints in the shift linkage is worn out, replace with heim joints with the part listed in the above pic.
Amazon.com: Aurora Bearing Company CW-5S; 5/16"-24 Stud - RH / Rod End Thread - RH: Automotive


As you can see, the stock setup is crap, but easily fixed to be better than new.

 

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Thanks for the quick response Kainam. The shift linkage is not moving at all when the bike is running. When the bike is off everything moves correctly but as soon as it starts it's like the shift lever is not attached to anything and it just flops around.
 

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How about the forward lever that connects to the linkage.

Does it flop around with the shift lever?
 

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Ok, so that isolates the problem to the shift lever itself.


Check this post by fourty2366
The bolt is supposed to pinch the splines tight to the shaft. Those spline will wear if they aren't tight.

The problem is that the bolt will bottom out in the threads on the shift arm.....

Put a small washer under the bolt head that will fit inside the recess in the shift arm. Then torque the bolt to 15-20 ft lb with a drop of blue loctite on the threads and you'll be good to go.

The washer shortens the bolt by just a bit, allowing you to fully tighten the shift arm to the shift shaft.
 

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Should be simple to isolate, there's nothing hidden in the shifting linkage to the transmission.

Need to identify where the slop at the shift lever is coming from first.
Is the lever at the transmission end bouncing around with the shift lever?




If you do find that the joints in the shift linkage is worn out, replace with heim joints with the part listed in the above pic.
Amazon.com: Aurora Bearing Company CW-5S; 5/16"-24 Stud - RH / Rod End Thread - RH: Automotive


As you can see, the stock setup is crap, but easily fixed to be better than new.

Will this also work on the rear?
 

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Homey; The flopping of the shift lever may be due to the rubber mount design. The whole engine shakes. The not shifting may be because the bike is not designed to shift when not moving. When it's running, try easing the clutch out a bit and back in and see if it will shift.
 

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Will this also work on the rear?
Yes, I replaced both heim joints on mine front and rear.

I was on a ride once with a friend, and his rear heim joint crapped out just as in the photo above. We had to use 2 zip ties to hold it together just to get him home. :what?
 

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I figure at $20 shipped for the pair, it's cheap insurance.
 

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while you have the lever off check the rear arm. It sits between the inner primary and the transmission. You will need a long hex bit or Allen wrench. I think it is a 1/4" socket cap screw, that pinches on a splined shaft. They do have a tendency to loosen over time, and will also give you a rattle or play in your linkage.
 

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while you have the lever off check the rear arm. It sits between the inner primary and the transmission. You will need a long hex bit or Allen wrench. I think it is a 1/4" socket cap screw, that pinches on a splined shaft. They do have a tendency to loosen over time, and will also give you a rattle or play in your linkage.
Thanks, will do. Mines not sloppy, I'm just looking to make it bullet proof.
 

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Yes, I replaced both heim joints on mine front and rear.

I was on a ride once with a friend, and his rear heim joint crapped out just as in the photo above. We had to use 2 zip ties to hold it together just to get him home. :what?
I replaced both linkage joints today. These are much heavier than stock. I feel a lot more confident now. Thanks Kainam.
 
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