Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Today was my turn in the barrel
Today I was riding my '00 LT when shifting from 2 to 3 gear I heard a faint pop, accompanied by an enornmous amount of shift lever play. I knew immediately, from reading this forum, what had happened. Sure enough, I limped a couple of blocks into my riding buddy's garage and we took the left footpeg panel off to find one of the ball joints on the shift linkage broken. Not the end of the world, and at least I wasn't stranded beside the road.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed as the old saying goes. Unhappily though, I'm one of those that tends to stick his head in the sand until the crisis actually happens. So, that is to say, I didn't act preemptively and have the needed parts on hand. I now get to go to the dealer tomorrow and order them, and wait two or three weeks for the parts to come in. While I wait, I want to pick some of your brains out there on two issues.
First, with the ball joint broken, what parts would you replace. I'm thinking all ball joints and the rubber washers (although, they were all in much better shape than those on the 02 RT). Is the collective wisdom here to replace the entire linkage, or just the set of ball joints and perhaps keepers?
Second, and very disturbing to me, is the ball joint that broke is the one facing to the outside of the bike just above where the left footpeg cover is. It is the upper ball on the most outward linkage. The inner linkage is still intact. The ball's threaded shaft broke inside the hole it goes into. I can feel a nut behind the bellcrank, and I can get a 10mm wrench on it, but I can't get that dang nut to turn at all. I've put more than enough pressure and I'm afraid I'll round the shoulders off the nut. It looks to me like this nut and the rest of the threaded portion of the ball should simply fall out of the bellcrank; but it's lodged in there pretty tight. Is this nut made on to the bellcrank and do I need to drill the rest of the stud out of the nut? Any and all assistance is much appreciated.
I think the LT is just getting even with me for taking the RT last week on a 2400 mile trip up to Mount Washington and back. It was a very enjoyable trip, but on Saturday I rode 775 miles home on the slab and the LT was sorely missed that day.
Thanks in advance for your input. I'll be looking forward to getting Emil back on the road so the wife and I can do some fall riding.