Shifting my goldwing

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Shifting my goldwing

Post by Lrbeaner72 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:36 pm

Im having trouble shifting my gw from 1st to 2nd. When I want it in neutral, it doesnt want to go in and when im shifting to 2nd, it goes into neutral and trying several times, it finally goes in. How can I correct this problem?

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Re: Shifting my goldwing

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:59 am

First thing to check would be the clutch system.

Check the clutch master and slave cylinders work properly, any leaks, smooth operation, fluid level etc.

When was the clutch fluid changed, how is the color of it?

Did you bleed the fluid properly, is there air trapped in the system?

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Re: Shifting my goldwing

Post by Bigbiker0 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:34 am

GL1500 shift shaft stabilizer mod. No drilling.
This thing should help a lot.
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Re: Shifting my goldwing

Post by dvcruz » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:45 pm

Had the same problem with my new to me '93 when I bought it last year. Sometimes had to shut the engine off just to get it back into neutral. Took apart and cleaned the clutch slave cylinder and totally fixed the problem.
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Re: Shifting my goldwing

Post by Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:23 pm

A while back, I installed the shift pivot that is talked about on these pages. During that install, I discovered quite a bit of "slop" or looseness in the shift lever. It was responsible for much of the shifting issues I was having. The shift pivot is definitely an improvement, but before that, check the tightness of screw #23 that clamps around the splined shift shaft. You may be surprised. You could also check screw #21 for the same issue, if you can access it.

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Re: Shifting my goldwing

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:45 pm

Check your Clutch Lever Bushing to see if it is worn, and not allowing the clutch to declutch entirely.

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Re: Shifting my goldwing

Post by wingdings » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:43 pm

I would defo agree with wing admin - try the clutch bushing - I own a 1989 k - wing - I tried and stripped everything on the clutch side - I even fitted a pivot shifter brace too - but what finally fixed the hard shifter problem - with changing the clutch bushing and changing the motor oil and the clutch fluid to - all jobs that you can do yourself - with how to articles to be found on here ... a lot written by wing admin too !! ... :D :D :D :D

P.S - have a look at the shifter pedal itself - make sure it lined up right !! - when I got my wing some one had had the shifter pedal off and had not aligned it back up correctly - if you look at the end of the shaft - there is a dot on the end of it - make sure that your shifter pedal is lined up dead center to this - if its not - there could be your problem also the gear shift is very sloppy a big improvement to this is to fit a pivot shifter brace - takes the wobble out of shifting gear and makes changing gear more positive and firmer too !! .. :D :D :D :D

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