Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: North-central Florida
Re: Illium shifter extension
When I first received my Ilium shift extender about a week ago I had the same experience as you when installing it. I subsequently took the shift arm plate off the bike, disconnected the shift linkage so the assembly was free, and went to the work bench. I braced the elbow of the shift arm on a block of wood and whacked the end of the Ilium piece with a plastic mallet. Now it's seated nicely. Perhaps more effort than necessary, but actually only took about 10 minutes.
There may have been a trick with WD-40 or something that I didn't think of or try, that would have made the initial installation easier.
1999 K1200LT (probably getting an FIII sidecar)
1992 GL1500 (now for sale)
2004 Burgman 650 (wife's)