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post #1 of 12 Old Oct 14th, 2006, 5:11 pm Thread Starter
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Shift Get Louder After Riding

I just finished a 1800 + mile trip two up. on my way home I noted that the gearbox stifted louder and harder then normal but only in 4 and 5 gear. and only after 200 or 300 miles of riding. It was soft and quiet when I first started out every morning. I did a 24k service about 800 miles before the trip. Changed all fluids over to full syn. Was wondering in the gear oil could be breaking down from heat? Maybe a thicker gearoil is needed?

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post #2 of 12 Old Oct 14th, 2006, 5:22 pm
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Steve, Synth is okay for the tranmission and rear end. What weight did you use??? If anything, it should shift smoother with synth. At least that's what I've seen on mine.

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Steve, Synth is okay for the tranmission and rear end. What weight did you use??? If anything, it should shift smoother with synth. At least that's what I've seen on mine.
I used Valvoline 75/90 full synth. It did shift easyer and quiter after the 24k serv. I first noted it about 900 miles or so into my trip. So that was about 2000 miles after the serv.

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Hmmmmmmmm, that should be okay. I'm not sure what to tell you at this point. But I'm sure we'll have more chime in as they quit riding for the day.

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Hmmmmmmmm, that should be okay. I'm not sure what to tell you at this point. But I'm sure we'll have more chime in as they quit riding for the day.
Yes I did my ridin early this morning now watchin the much need rain fall
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Did you check the fluid level to make sure none has leaked out the drain plug?

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Question Another thought...

Have you checked the shift linkage? It is supposed to be greased on a regular basis, but most people don't do it (mostly because they don't know about it).

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I agree with Zippy...Mine started to shift a little stiffly till I tightend up the linkage and lubed it. Changed out the neoprene washer/gaskets at the same time. They seem to stretch out and get a little dry which makes them crack and fall apart.....

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Update

I changed the gearoil, all was fine there. No metal shavings on the magnet, oil was clean as new. So..... I checked the linkage and it was VERY dry. After a good lube all is well. thanks for the advise Zippy

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I changed the gearoil, all was fine there. No metal shavings on the magnet, oil was clean as new. So..... I checked the linkage and it was VERY dry. After a good lube all is well. thanks for the advise Zippy
I am glad you caught it on time... Most, if not all, linkage failures are related to poor lubrication. You may want to add this little task to your next service. Many of us carry a spare. I replaced my stock unit with one made by Philjohn from this forum (around $40.00 IIRC).

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I agree with Zippy...Mine started to shift a little stiffly till I tightend up the linkage and lubed it. Changed out the neoprene washer/gaskets at the same time. They seem to stretch out and get a little dry which makes them crack and fall apart.....
Has anybody found a good alternative to those little gear linkage collars? I tried to cut some from felt, but they are too stiff and didn't last much longer. You have to make the hole a lot bigger to slip them over the ball.

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Has anybody found a good alternative to those little gear linkage collars? I tried to cut some from felt, but they are too stiff and didn't last much longer. You have to make the hole a lot bigger to slip them over the ball.
Maybe head gasket material, cut to fit??? OR, I think Grif mighta used some cork-lookin' stuff when he did mine 6-7 years ago.
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