Installing new shifter brace

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Installing new shifter brace

Post by DenverWinger » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:13 am

A couple weeks ago I tore into tupperware and put new timing belts, Fiamm horns, LED cornering lites, and fresh silicate-free antifreeze into this new-to-me girl. I looked at the air filter, it wasn't really all that dirty, but I did find about a dozen dried-up things that looked like they might have been cherries at one time.... so the mices have visited at least once (next time opened I'll have a new filter and some screen for the air intake).

I found where the PO hid the Alpine CD-Changer controller/FM Modulator, it was in the left side fairing pocket (I actually don't have fairing pockets anymore, they are replaced by 6" round speakers) and disconnected the bluetooth receiver (I didn't know I had that, either) from the AUX input and replaced with a little cable I can connect to my MP3 player. I don't use bluetooth anyway, if I need to connect my iPhone I'll just plug the MP3 player cable into the phone's headphone jack. I'm thinking of cancelling the CD changer too, it takes up a lot of space in the right saddlebag.

My order of farkles from CycleMax included a set of JIF screwdrivers, Oil filter wrench, Battery Tender Jr, Sub and Cruise air filter, tapered seat bolts, 40 PSI "view" tire pressure caps, and a gear-shifter brace with new oil seal.

While I had the girl apart, I looked at installing the shifter brace, that's kind of a difficult spot to get to while she's on the ground. I do have a HF motorcycle lift which works well, but I'm thinking maybe the easiest access to the shifter brace installation might be to just give the tires a rest and lay the girl on her crash bars.

Question here - does anyone note problems with laying the bike on it's side for extended period? Do these carburetors dump the bowls into the manifolds, or are they OK like that? I suppose I could just disconnect the power to the fuel pump and run the carburetors out of gas..... I suppose I'll get a pretty smoky (oil) start first time after I pick her up....

They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: Installing new shifter brace

Post by ka4yqi » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:13 am

I layed my 89 wing over on on jack stands when i had it. I changed the shifter seal, valve cover and seal around the bolt/screw. I had no problems with doing. Sure was easy to work on that way.

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Re: Installing new shifter brace

Post by Wingsconsin » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:26 pm

Even though I have a lift - I just gathered my tools and laid down on a cushion next to the bike
Changing the oil seal and adding the shifter brace was time consuming (not a lot) but not difficult to do -
I did this on 3 GL1500's - mine. my sons, and a friends - all 3 showed improved shifting and no leaking from the seal.
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Re: Installing new shifter brace

Post by cbx4evr » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:50 pm

When I installed my shifter brace I just had the bike on the centre stand. I do have a bike lift but figured it would just be in the way. A platform lift would have made it a little more comfortable to do.
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Re: Installing new shifter brace

Post by SG_Jay » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:41 pm

I took off everything that was in the way while it was on the center stand. Then when I was at the point of needing better access, I put down a couple of packing blankets, told it a bedtime story and gently laid it down for a short nap.

Stood it back up when I was done, back on the stand, put it all back together and started right up. There were no issues and I love the brace. I compared shifters with a coworker and the amount of slop he had in his vs mine was amazing.

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