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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-19-2015, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Shifter linkage came loose!

I was riding down the road yesterday, beautiful weather, on a four lane route and all of a sudden my 2015 RGS would not shift! I ended up limping down the shoulder in 1st gear and stopped in the shade at a local bank. Stuck. I called the local dealer and with some hesitation they sent a truck and trailer to get me. While waiting, I examined the shift linkage and the shifter arm was very loose at the spline that connects to the front/rear shifters. I tried to tighten it, but the tool kit does not contain the 3/16" allen required for this. The dealer guy came for me and once there we got it ride able again. There was no service tech there since it was Sunday. I got it home and readjusted the shifters and applied blue Loctite to all three allen screws. All is good.

Lesson learned, Loctite everything. There is also now a 3/16th allen wrench in my tool kit. Why Harley does not include this in the first place? Saves them about $0.25 a bike. So far the MOCO has overtightened my windshield screws, cracking the shield, and under torqued my shifter arm, leaving me stranded. In their defense they replaced the shield and the dealership yesterday was very helpful and charged me nothing.

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More than likely the shifter shaft and arm need to be replaced. Mine and my wifes 2015 RGs and a few of my friends have done the same thing. They are stripping out. It is NOT a matter of not being tight enough. After hearing of others stripping out, I kept check on mine and it was tight and stripped anyway. The bolt was still tight after it stripped.
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My dealer in Durrham NC is replacing them for free

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Blue Loctite

I had the same thing happen on my Ultra so I put blue Loctite on the shaft as well as the threads. It held for 2 years until I traded it off on my FLTRX. No more slipping. Red would probably work better if you didn't want it to slip on the shaft for sure.

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If you want piece of mind, get a better lever, it has two bolts and and is billet stainless, I love mine no more slop.
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Mine stripped on my 2013 on the way to Sturgis. Cost about $125 and a 1.5 hour setback on the trip. The bolt was tight but there was play on the shaft. Had I fixed that, I probably could have avoided the inconvenience. I traded for a 2015 a month ago. Guess I need to keep an eye on it.

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If you want piece of mind, get a better lever, it has two bolts and and is billet stainless, I love mine no more slop.
1st there is no such thing as bI'll it SS, phone won't even spell it
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One or the Other

I guess it would be either billet (aluminum) or SS. LOL

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Well, I checked my rear shifter arm yesterday, and guess what, it was loose too, but not near as much slop as my front had. I cranked down on it with a 1/4" allen socket, all is good for now. I am going to talk to the dealership about this. The bike only has 5k miles on it. Either we are dealing with bad parts, bad workmanship, or both.

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Actually billet doesnt just refer to aluminum, there is billet carbon steel and stainless. Billet is machined from a solid piece of metal not forged or cast. Billet is not just one type of metal. Hope this helps
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