GL1500 shift shaft stabilizer mod. No drilling.


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Sorry for not getting back to you sooner . Did the mod was a bit different with heel toe and floor boards but when all said n done works great shifts like never before. Sure glad you loved your 1500 and went the extra mile to perfect this modification.


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cbx4evr wrote:I finally got out on my GoldWing today. Ya, I know, it's been a long winter.

So I start out having done a bunch of work over the winter. First thing I noticed was how well it shifted. I thought about it for a minute and then remembered about adding the stabilizer. Like wow this is a BIG difference. No more clunking shifts. Just nice soft clicks.

Thanks again for the R&D on this great product.
I have to agree - this past week was the first I got some real seat time on my GL1500, where I was in traffic and doing lots of shifting. The first thing I had to get used to was FINDING the shifter - the combination of the shifter no longer sagging to where it used to be, plus new riding boots without worn soles (I had worn a hole through the soles of my old ones) meant I kept missing the shifter when trying to downshift! That took about five minutes to get used to.

Now that I have some miles on it, I can say that it is a TREMENDOUS difference. The shifter is solid and precise, you can pre-load it accurately, and there is zero slop. What an improvement!
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My wife and I will be going to Americade Wednesday through Saturday, rain or shine. I will be promoting the pivots randomly to 1500 owners. I hope to meet a few of you.
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peppilepew wrote:My wife and I will be going to Americade Wednesday through Saturday, rain or shine. I will be promoting the pivots randomly to 1500 owners. I hope to meet a few of you.

You can tell people from me that IF they own a 1500 ...they need to have this on it !
100,000 miles plus on Goldwings (126,000 on my current ride) and it never shifted better .
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Wingsconsin wrote:
peppilepew wrote:My wife and I will be going to Americade Wednesday through Saturday, rain or shine. I will be promoting the pivots randomly to 1500 owners. I hope to meet a few of you.

You can tell people from me that IF they own a 1500 ...they need to have this on it !
100,000 miles plus on Goldwings (126,000 on my current ride) and it never shifted better .
At 202,000 miles plus....it also made a huge difference!! :D
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We got out this past weekend for a nice long ride. The bike shifted flawlessly. Previous to installing the brace, I would have trouble getting down into 1st gear, now it works like it should. Great Job on inventing the brace, easy to install and works great!
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Did mount it yesterday, but had a small problem doing it. The heat shield betwen exhaust pipes and engine had to be modified, before mounting it. After that it was okay.
After that i drove a short spin around the block. When changing gears it was clear that the kit is giving a more precise and crisp feeling.

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Where can I get this kit? I would like to order it after I get back from my trip.
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I installed my shift stabilizer on July 2nd. Other than having to remove the lower front shield a couple of times to make modifications to the shift shaft tunnel trim job, the install was perfect. I also had to trim some metal off of the heat shield behind the exhaust manifold adjacent to the mounting point of the shift stabilizer. Easily done with a Dremel Rotary Tool and cut off wheel. Of course, with 146,000 miles on the bike, I also had to replace the shift shaft seal.

It works smooth and crisp. I love the way the shifter feels. Thank you peppilepew.
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I installed the shifter fixer kit about 2 months ago and while it does feel good shifting from 2nd on up through the gears, the shift between 1st and 2nd results in a chatter on the gears and sometimes a missed shift. I noticed another post that complained about the same thing, Any ideas to fix it would be appreciated

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bcarnold wrote:I installed the shifter fixer kit about 2 months ago and while it does feel good shifting from 2nd on up through the gears, the shift between 1st and 2nd results in a chatter on the gears and sometimes a missed shift. I noticed another post that complained about the same thing, Any ideas to fix it would be appreciated

Bob
Were you having 1-2 shifting issues before installing the pivot? The add-on is designed to stabilize, not repair an existing mechanical condition with the transmission. If you were having issues with every gear, then I would think the pivot assy could be the culprit. I would view the install video once again. Recheck the installation. Indexing and alignment of the pivot/shaft extension is essential to smooth trouble free operation. You can also contact me directly.

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Hi Clint,

When I installed the shift stabilizer it appeared to be self aligning. Once installed I did visually check for proper alignment and it all seemed OK.

When I put the bike into first it goes in solid, no slop like it did before the mod. When I shifted into second I heard chatter and it required a slight bit of effort to get into second, then from 2nd to 5th it was all smooth and solid. Downshifting is the same, smooth and solid. After using it for about 2 months I came to the consultation that I maybe I just did not shift it hard enough or quick enough to move into second.

But after several months it does feel better, but I still have occasional chatter when shifting into second. It does not matter how quickly or slowly or if the RPMs are high or low. I have shifted slow and low RPMs and sometimes it slides right into second, and other times I get a little chatter and the same for a normal shift at a higher RPM. I have not had the opportunity to loosen it up and re-check the alignment, but I hope to look at it this weekend.

Other than the chatter annoyance, the shifter mod has been a great improvement

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You may need to trim some metal off of the heat shield behind the exhaust manifold adjacent to the mounting point of the shift stabilizer. It sticks out a little bit and can contact the moveable part of the stabilizer.
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bcarnold wrote:Hi Clint,

When I installed the shift stabilizer it appeared to be self aligning. Once installed I did visually check for proper alignment and it all seemed OK.

When I put the bike into first it goes in solid, no slop like it did before the mod. When I shifted into second I heard chatter and it required a slight bit of effort to get into second, then from 2nd to 5th it was all smooth and solid. Downshifting is the same, smooth and solid. After using it for about 2 months I came to the consultation that I maybe I just did not shift it hard enough or quick enough to move into second.

But after several months it does feel better, but I still have occasional chatter when shifting into second. It does not matter how quickly or slowly or if the RPMs are high or low. I have shifted slow and low RPMs and sometimes it slides right into second, and other times I get a little chatter and the same for a normal shift at a higher RPM. I have not had the opportunity to loosen it up and re-check the alignment, but I hope to look at it this weekend.

Other than the chatter annoyance, the shifter mod has been a great improvement

Bob
If it is getting better, then I am thinking there is a bind issue that is loosening with time. The bushing is highly resistant to wear, so the actual pivot point may be wearing into misalignment. Try removing the block.
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I will look at it this weekend and let you know what I find
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Clint,
I had the opportunity to remove the shift kit and found several issues but most note worthy was that is was wearing into misalignment. I noted wear at on the outside of the stationary piece at the 12:00 position and on the inside at the 6:00 position. I reinstalled it and ran it through the gears and it felt better than before. I reinstalled the cover and noted binding where the shield was not trimmed back far enough but a pair of tin snips and a hammer provided enough clearance for the shifter to operate smoothly.

I still have an occasional rat-a-tat-tat when shifting into second but my guess is that is a transmission issue and not caused by the shift kit.

Thank you for your suggestion about the misalignment.
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This looks like a fantastic product by what everyone is posting. I just put in my order on your website and look forward to getting it installed. I have only had my 1500 for a month now and I have noticed that Neutral can be difficult to find at times and the shifting in the lower gears is not always smooth. If this can smooth that out I will not have a single complaint about my bike. Thanks for you hard work on this. From reading this thread it is obvious you put a lot of time, hard work and passion into this pivot.
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CWJ73 wrote:This looks like a fantastic product by what everyone is posting. I just put in my order on your website and look forward to getting it installed. I have only had my 1500 for a month now and I have noticed that Neutral can be difficult to find at times and the shifting in the lower gears is not always smooth. If this can smooth that out I will not have a single complaint about my bike. Thanks for you hard work on this. From reading this thread it is obvious you put a lot of time, hard work and passion into this pivot.

Thank you for the order.

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I have a limited supply back in stock. Cyclemax will be getting a small order soon.

Thanks cliff,
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Bump for those new members that are not aware of this fix. ;)
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Peppi. I finally got a chance to try out the shift brace I bought earlier this winter and I must say everything I have read about this is true. Shift is much crisper, almost no effort to find the lower gears and in particular Neutral. A fantastic upgrade. Every 1500 needs this. Thanks for all you effort getting the shifter brace made.
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CWJ73 wrote:Peppi. I finally got a chance to try out the shift brace I bought earlier this winter and I must say everything I have read about this is true. Shift is much crisper, almost no effort to find the lower gears and in particular Neutral. A fantastic upgrade. Every 1500 needs this. Thanks for all you effort getting the shifter brace made.
Glad you are happy.

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It has begun. Counterfeit pivots on ebay. I remember selling a pivot to the fraud. I was hesitant to send one to Russia for this very reason. The way of the world these days.
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peppilepew wrote:It has begun. Counterfeit pivots on ebay. I remember selling a pivot to the fraud. I was hesitant to send one to Russia for this very reason. The way of the world these days.

I've never bought anything from a Russian seller on eBay and never would. Revise your eBay description warning about the Russian knock offs. I doubt they come with instructions or a lifetime warranty and customer support.
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Looking at his feedback & profile (the Russian), it appears that he only has 1 shifter pivot brace for sale. It's possible that he purchased it from you and can't figure out the installation process and is now trying to sell it. He has, according to his feedback, only sold Goldwing patches & hoodies. I certainly wouldn't buy anything from the Russian federation. I have had one of yours installed for over a year now and love it.


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