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.
Will this also work on the rear?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.
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As you can see, the stock setup is crap, but easily fixed to be better than new.
Thanks, will do. Mines not sloppy, I'm just looking to make it bullet proof.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.
I replaced both linkage joints today. These are much heavier than stock. I feel a lot more confident now. Thanks Kainam.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?