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post #1 of 8 Old Oct 24th, 2006, 4:50 pm Thread Starter
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'05 LT Hard Shifting

My '05 shifts really hard for the first 2-3 miles when the outside temp is below 55 degrees. I assume this is fairly common. Does changing to synthetic lube help this issue?
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post #2 of 8 Old Oct 24th, 2006, 6:18 pm
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Take it in. My 05 shifts fine no matter and I have ridden down into the low 20's and it always shifts the same... Smooooooooth

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Depends on what grease is on the linkage and what oil is in the trans, but either way 55 is not cold enough to cause a problem unless they used some really stiff grease. Synthetic would be my choice for the oil. Seems to make them shift smoother all the time.

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post #4 of 8 Old Oct 25th, 2006, 7:00 pm
 
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My O5 shifts hard too when cold. Been hanging around 40 degrees lately. 27,000 miles with synthetic oil.
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What grease are you using on the shift linkage? I use a synthetic caliper grease and it is smooth as silk all the way down to 29 degrees (last October at Ironhorse). I lube it every 12K.

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post #6 of 8 Old Oct 26th, 2006, 7:46 am
 
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I have difficulty changing up from 2nd to 3rd, something I have never experienced when riding my other bikes.
I contacted the BMW garage and they said it was because the gear box is not sequential, but more like a car box. I asked how this could work as the gear lever can only travel up or down, and not sideways like a manual gear box, the reply was he didn't know.
I am begining to smell some bull doo doo or is it true ??
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post #7 of 8 Old Oct 26th, 2006, 9:21 am
 
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I have difficulty changing up from 2nd to 3rd, something I have never experienced when riding my other bikes.
I contacted the BMW garage and they said it was because the gear box is not sequential, but more like a car box. I asked how this could work as the gear lever can only travel up or down, and not sideways like a manual gear box, the reply was he didn't know.
I am begining to smell some bull doo doo or is it true ??
Please find another garage. The box is most definitely sequential. For quick shifts in low temps, give the 75W/90NS a try. I never had real trouble, but the jump from 1st to 2nd was an occasional miss when cold. The Redline cleared that right up.
http://www.redlineoil.com/products_g...5&categoryID=6
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post #8 of 8 Old Oct 27th, 2006, 4:39 am
 
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Sofitel505 - Many thanks for your reply, I thought it was a load of rubbish.
I will pay the garage a visit, just to say hello of course !! ( and for an explanation as to why I was told bull doo doo). I will try the Redline and see if that will make a difference.

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