83 GL1100 shift mechanism blocked by plug


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Chazvegasnv
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83 GL1100 shift mechanism blocked by plug

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So I've had this 1983 GL1100 for a few months now and I bought it knowing it was stuck in neutral but I just recently found the time to start tearing it down. I opened the front cover to inspect the shift mechanism and noticed a metal plug blocking the shifter mechanism from shifting into gear. It appears that this plug requires some sort of pin to hold it in place so this doesn't happen but mine seems to be missing that pin. It looks like one of the previous owners shoved a copper wire in the hole to act as the pin but it must've wiggled itself loose. Here is a picture. I circled the plug thing in white and pointed at the odd metal wire.


So I went ahead and pulled the wire out and pushed the plug back in and the bike shifts without issues but I would like to prevent this from happening again as it would be a nightmare to be stuck in the middle of no where in neutral. But, the engine case has a lip that covers the pin hole on the side, so I'm not sure what to do from here. I also can't seem to get the plug to come back out with my weak magnets.


I really don't wanna drop the engine to fix this, so any suggestions are extremely appreciated. Thank you!


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Re: 83 GL1100 shift mechanism blocked by plug

Post by virgilmobile »

I've been looking for pictures..Found one..
Take a look at the position of the shift arm..In this picture it's much closer to the paw and seems to cover that plug so it can't slip out.Yours seems to be further to the left side of the bike.


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Re: 83 GL1100 shift mechanism blocked by plug

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There is a spring pin that goes thru the hole where your wire is and past the shaft on into the block. line your hole in the block to the shaft hole and run the wire in or up till it bottoms out. Looking for a broken pin still inside the block hole. If you wire goes on past to the top hole in the block then your good to go and install a new spring pin thru the wire hole. Be sure the pin goes on past the shaft. The spring pins do come in metric sizes, but measure the hole in the shaft and you will know. Thinking 4 x 8 maybe a 3 or could be a 5mm. Lets us know how it turned out.
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Re: 83 GL1100 shift mechanism blocked by plug

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That is one of the shift rails. Looks like someone split the case and forgot to put that pin back in. Short of splitting the case to get a pin in you could grind that lip away and drive in a split pin that is snug enough to stay in.
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I found a shop with a bunch of metal pins. Does anyone know what size?
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Here's some pictures I took of my 82 GL1100 when I had the cover off, if it's of any comparative help:








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