looking forward to shifter Jig!


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looking forward to shifter Jig!

Postby yamaha96 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:11 am



I talked to a friend of mine at work, and he said there is supposed to be slack in the gear shifter, but i know i have a hard time finding netural , i am looking forward to trying out this Jig, what do others think, just my thoughts,Mike.



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Re: looking forward to shifter Jig!

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:25 am

Well, I have the first year model of the 1500...It has a bit over 50k miles...When I bought it(near 2 years ago) it had a sloppy shift lever and a leaking shaft seal....I also had trouble shifting and finding neutral....
"Suppose to have slack???" not likley...It didn't have it when it was new and my other bikes don't have this problem

If this modification works like the one I did to mine,you should immediately feel a tighter lever action and a more positive shift into the gears....

I still miss from 1st to 2nd once in a while but that's related to my foot action....I just get tired and light on the lever....
This video is what I first saw..


And here's the shifter shaft as it comes out of the block....There's defanitly a problem...



The shift lever before the mod...


And the lever after the mod..


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Re: looking forward to shifter Jig!

Postby thrasherg » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:19 am

That sure is a lot of play, I have never seen that much movement on a shift lever on any bike I ever worked on, it would definitely lead to a few missed gears, I am surprised you don't have more oil leaking out from around the shaft!! Anything that reduces that movement will be a positive thing.. My RG500 had a plastic bushing on the shift shaft that wears with age, someone came out with a needle roller bearing replacement that does not wear out and greatly reduces the free play/slack in the shaft, that made a huge difference to the feel of the gear lever and changing gear..

I cannot believe Honda engineered the bike with that much slack/play so I assume something has worn.. All the best in getting it improved.

Gary

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Re: looking forward to shifter Jig!

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:39 pm

yes indeed.The video was after i cleaned most of the oil off.I already modded mine 2years ago.
different method but the "for sale mod" should be the same results

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Re: looking forward to shifter Jig!

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:51 pm

thrasherg wrote: My RG500 had a plastic bushing on the shift shaft that wears with age, someone came out with a needle roller bearing replacement that does not wear out and greatly reduces the free play/slack in the shaft, that made a huge difference to the feel of the gear lever and changing gear..Gary


Actually the(my) 1500 uses a needle bearing for the shaft support...the shaft is loose in it...I figured if it didn't last 50k miles,there's no reason to expect a whole new bearing and shaft replacement would last any longer...I felt it was a just poor design and just improved it...




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