Shifter Won't clear


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Wingnut95
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Shifter Won't clear

Postby Wingnut95 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:27 pm



Hello 1500 Community,

Finally time to replace the shifter seal and put in a pivot. Turns out the shifter won't clear the frame of the bike :( . Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

I've tried every which way to twist it out and no go. I'm now concerned about stripping the shifter shaft splines.
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Aussie81Interstate
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Re: Shifter Won't clear

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:49 pm

Can you push the shaft back into the motor a mm or two - it might then give the clearance you need?

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Re: Shifter Won't clear

Postby ct1500 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:49 pm

Grind a little material off the end of shifter or loosen the sub frame.
This is what I do
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golden highway
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Re: Shifter Won't clear

Postby golden highway » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:09 pm

I had the same issue. Remove the bolts from the sub frame and use a pry bar and it should give you enough room. Mine had a little extra material at the top of the shifter so I had to remove the bolts on both side of the sub frame and use two pry bars before it would clear. When I had it off I ground the extra material off plus some so now it clears without removing the sub frame bolts. Next time should be a breeze.

Wingnut95
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Re: Shifter Won't clear

Postby Wingnut95 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:21 pm

Truly appreciate this community. Thanks for the quick responses. I took the replies and had to remove the bolt in the motor mount and used a pry bar which gave me just enough room to pull the lever.

Gotter done!


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