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Smile Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

While greasing the linkage I removed the pivot point between the two. There's a metal sleeve in there that I also lubed and now,,,, the bike shifts like butter!

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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

Tim any pictures of this and what type of lube did you use?

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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

C'mon Tim,

Give a fellow Coasty some detail on this. Mine seems to be shifting a little hard and this sounds like something I could benefit from.

Easy to take apart? any "special" tricks? For those of us non-master mechanics we need details boy ! ! Details !!

Thanks in advance.

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Tim any pictures of this and what type of lube did you use?
For many of us use lithium grease in the ball joints. Been the recommend grease for as long as I've been a member of this list.

Part of my 12K maintenace is to pull all those linkages out, clean them up, give the a shot of lithium grease and put it all back together. Let's me check the parts for wear and make sure that nothing is on the verge of cracking. So far, I've not had issues missing shifts and haven't used any of the spares I carry in the side case. I did give one away at CCR last year to keep MOP-Man running though.

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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

The last 2 rides my linkage has been very stiff. I get out when the weather is decent. 2 rides in the last four weeks.
Both times the first shift or two are very stiff. I don't force it, but let it warm up then it seems fine. I just assumed it was because I had left her sitting for a few weeks in the cold weather..
I take it you have to pull a cover to get to the linkage.. If it wasn't freezing in the garage, I'd get more work done on the LT..
Lithium grease is on the list now.
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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

Try this out for more info on the linkage:

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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

"...haven't used any of the spares I carry in the side case"

I have heard several times during various posts that there are "linkage parts" that are kept handy. Using the first picture in this link, what parts are recommended to keep handy ? Which ones fail ?


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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

The only one I have seen fail (and have helped repair on other bikes) is the item #3, ball stud. Even though this comes with dry, red loctite, they often work thier way loose. Once loose they are prone to snap at the threads. If you inspect these at every service interval, check for tightness and keep them lubed you will never have a problem. I always find one loose on my inspections and have even found the bell crank pivot bolt loose once.

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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

Sorry guys, I've not had a chance to look at the board for awhile. I used a white lithium (marine grade) grease. It was kind of a pain to get the black pivot point out; but the sleeve inside was so dry.

For the linkage arms, when putting them back on, really press the linkage hard into the ball and then install the safety pins.

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Some may know this but there are after market linkages that require NO grease and will out last the bike.

I have installed on my 99 and it shifts very smoothly without added grease

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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

Could someone clarify why Powergrid market 2 linkage arms ( one short and one long ) for the LT, when I can only see one on the gear shifter, which seems to be a short one.

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See my previous post and follow the link. You will see the short and the long.

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Tried but canīt open it, possibly a software problem (new laptop).

Any other road ?.
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OK, another question !.

In this drawing

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...61&hg=23&fg=05

2 different ball pins are shown, # 07119901736 and # 51247010221

Presume that they are different and that the second one is the one that breaks most ?.
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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

The 512... PN is the new (05 and up only) ball pin on the shift arm. This is very robust and should not fail.

The other PN is those that fail when they become loose else where in the linkage. This is also the ball pin in the shift arm for pre-05 bikes.

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Just buy both the short and long after market replacements and have your dealer install at your next service.

OR tear into it youself.

They work great with no worrys now

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Re: Greased the linkage - butter smooth now

Thanks John and Steve.

So, being the owner of a 05, and to be safe before buying new linkages, I will buy a spare # 07119901736 ball pin.

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