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Sorry if this is in the wrong location, I didn't see a transmission section.

So this is my first Harley. It's a 98 RG, with 30-40k miles to the best of my knowledge. I just had it at my independent mechanic for a once over, state inspection, etc. He said the tranny fluid was very dirty and should be changed again very soon. I'm having a heck of a time getting it into neutral. I've also had a few "miss-shifts", where it acts like I'm between gears and in neutral (but not between 1st and 2nd). Also I can hear a decently loud wining when I'm in 4th gear only. Are these all signs that my tranny is about to shit the bed? How much is a new tranny?
 

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I would change all the fluids, oil, primary, tranny to start with, harleys are notoriously hard to get into neutral sometimes especially if the bike is not moving.
 

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I have never seen trans oil actually look dirty. If it does, then change it. Change it with a good gear oil like RedLine or BelRay gear saver. Just doing that might make things smoother.
 

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Make sure your clutch is adjusted properly.
 

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^^^What PGR said^^^

I use Mobil 1 75w140 or Valvoline 75w140 full synthetic gear lube in the tranny and you get get either one at Autozone. The other products mention will work good too.
 

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Thanks guys I'll look into the clutch adjustment. Just to be clear, my mechanic DID change the tranny oil (and primary and engine). He said it was very dirty so I should change it again soon to get more of the dirt out.
 

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Thanks guys I'll look into the clutch adjustment. Just to be clear, my mechanic DID change the tranny oil (and primary and engine). He said it was very dirty so I should change it again soon to get more of the dirt out.
It would have been nice to send a sample out for analysis. Lots of metals? Time for a tear down.
 
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