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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-23-2016, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Check this out, my club called for a ride last weekend, very nice day, in North click, so I get geared up, pull bike out started her up. I went to the first stop sign in my hood, stopped, down shifted and took off. The bike bogged down like I wasn't in first. So, no problem, I got on the road and came to a intersection to get on main highway. I tapped down but didn't get any resistance. The gear shifter just went to the floorboar. I pulled into a gas station and parked it, well, I almost fainted...lol. My whole gear shifter had fell out. I mean out whole. I said easy enough, the screw must have vibrated out or broke or something. The screw was totally intact, and was not loose at all. Talked to another rider who has a 15 CVO and he said the same thing happened to him also. So I get it together and get over to my local dealer, they fixed it with no problem and no cost to me, and they had the parts in stock. When I asked why wasn't this a recall they had no answer, apparently it only happens to the bikes that are sold at that store, 100 bikes
so far and counting. Has anybody else experienced this....?

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-23-2016, 01:40 PM
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It's not rare for the shaft that the shift lever rides on to strip it's splines. There are aftermarket solutions. I always try to shift fairly gently, for that reason, rather than stomping on the shifter.

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Not a uncommon problem, been happening since Harleys been made. HD puts on cheap gear shift rods because they want you to upgrade to a better hemi joint shifter rod for $100+.


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Yea happens way too often, on one of my brothers bikes his came off less then a mile down the road on ride home after he bought it


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I have fixed a couple of bikes with the stripped heel toe shifter. The heel shifter takes a beating, in my opinion, I removed mine when I first got the bike. 91k miles later never a problem with it. May be something to consider or pay attention how much weight you are applying to the heel.

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Identical problem on my 15 CVO. thankfully made it to a dealer, repaired the bike at no cost and on my way. Agree with Redfish-Joe the heel shifter takes alot of abuse.


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On the shifter arm that goes on the transmission shaft, it's always a good idea to buy you a grade 8 allen head bolt and replace the bolt that is in it. With the grade 8 you can really cranck down on it without stripping out the allen head. Once you do this, normally you will never have another problem with it. Been a problem with Harley for years.
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Another fix is to add a small lock washer to that bolt so it will squeeze the shifter arm clamp around the shaft a little tighter.
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Question, what did they do to fix it? My 11 w/ 36k is getting sloppy on the tranny shaft. Bolt is torqued down, no difference, still sloppy. Did they put on a new shifter arm? If so did they pull your primary to install new arm? Saw that someone makes a replacement but don't know how you can get a dremel in there to cut off old arm. Anyone install this new arm?


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Question, what did they do to fix it? My 11 w/ 36k is getting sloppy on the tranny shaft. Bolt is torqued down, no difference, still sloppy. Did they put on a new shifter arm? If so did they pull your primary to install new arm? Saw that someone makes a replacement but don't know how you can get a dremel in there to cut off old arm. Anyone install this new arm?
Don't have to pull primary to install new arm. Put a grade 8 bolt in place of the allen,you can crank down on it. Did my 10 RGC 60k ago,still good. I check it every oil change.
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