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post #1 of 5 Old Jun 24th, 2006, 9:03 am Thread Starter
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Question on shift linkage

Last night I got my nerve up and loosened the left side foot rest plate in an attempt to look at the shift linkage. Once the plate was loose (I removed the three bolts, but not the 2 tupper ware screws... so everything was kept in general position) I realized that this might not be something I want to mess with.

Here is my question...

1. Is it a big project (taking apart, cleaning and re assembling)
2. Did I disrupt anything by removing the 3 foot peg bolts?
3. What grease and locktite part number or brand should I use in the re-assembly process?

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post #2 of 5 Old Jun 24th, 2006, 9:53 am
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Last night I got my nerve up and loosened the left side foot rest plate in an attempt to look at the shift linkage. Once the plate was loose (I removed the three bolts, but not the 2 tupper ware screws... so everything was kept in general position) I realized that this might not be something I want to mess with.

Here is my question...

1. Is it a big project (taking apart, cleaning and re assembling)
Not very difficult. It is a bit of a chore to get it out from behind the fairing piece and get it back in, but other than that not very hard. If you do decide to go ahead, the type of grease is not so important. Also, when you have the linkages off, remove the pivot bolt (there is a nut on the inside you have to hold) and lube that and it's bushing also. Getting the little retaining pins back in after the sockets are snapped back together can be a little frustrating, as you have to get them lined up just right for them to go through all the way.
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3. What grease and locktite part number or brand should I use in the re-assembly process?
Any good grease will work, I used a teflon filled grease. I don't recommend Loctite on the ball studs. If one does break, the threaded part can usually be threaded back out without going to the drilling/EZ out routing, but if Loctited, that is not an option. I had one stud break, screwed the broken piece back out by turning the inside end that was protruding with a small pair of pliers until the front end was protruding enough to spin it out with my fingers. I put nearly 100,000 miles on the bike with no more problems at all. Keep them lubricated, and check the ball studs for tightness and they hold up well.

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Linkage replacement

I did the same thing you are thinking about doing, but the link will eventually break no matter what you do. Mine did at 23K. I would replace that POS now. High quality sealed units are commercially available for $10 each. I replaced all four.
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I did the same thing you are thinking about doing, but the link will eventually break no matter what you do. Mine did at 23K. I would replace that POS now. High quality sealed units are commercially available for $10 each. I replaced all four.
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I completely dissamble, inspect, lube and reassemble the shift linkage at each major service interval (12,000 miles). No failures yet (41,000 miles.)

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I struggled with my first attempts at getting to the linkage. I found it far easier to also remove the lower tupperware. That way you can reach in and undo the clips with out stressing them. I always seemed to bend the clip pins and then they refused to come out. You can also get to ALL the linkage that way as well. Much easier with the lower tupperware out of the way. Just my 2 cents worth.

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