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This is the second time in less than two years that the splined shaft for the shifter and the arm between the splined shaft and the shift linkage has stripped out on this bike ..

Go Figger , my 52 , 71 and 77 have never failed me yet ...
 

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since it is stripped twice maybe you could take this one and drill it for a set screw that you could tighten after install not rely on the pinch bolt to hold it tight .

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Happened to me twice on my 05King. Once at 30K and again at 65K. Only on the toe side. I think it is because I press pretty hard down while in first. (making sure I am in first)
 

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dont know when they quit cause I went from an '88 TG to this '08 RG and the splined shaft housing used to have a grease fitting on it ..
 

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I've had to replace mine twice. My shifter was falling apart on rides and I was having to reassemble it on the side of the road. I've finally learned to tighten everything whenever I service my bike. Loctite helps too. As the hex loosens, you get minor vibrations which wear away at the spline. Finally, there's no grip and you're screwed. I'm not sure what the part is called but be sure to grease the shaft if you replace your assembly.
 
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Same problem on my '03 RK. Had to finish my morning commute in third gear. For ten miles. Not happy!!
I took it apart, cleaned all the metal filings off the shaft. reassmbled everything with loctite and torqued the hex bolt as tight as I dared
Then put another 20k miles on it before I sold it. The buyer is still riding it to this day. Just make sure to check it every time it is serviced.
 
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