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Angry Shifter linkage

I was going out to lunch the other day on my 99 LT and when I went to downshift and lever went all the way down and was loose. I pulled over and found the ball pin up by the deflection lever was broken, has anyone ever had this happen to them, if so what might of been the cause, and what else should I be looking for when replacing the pin? Luckily I was in third gear and was able to make it back to work, where I took it all apart and machined a pin out of a 6 MM bolt to get me around until I can get the right part to fix it.
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...has anyone ever had this happen to them...
Happened twice to me. IF you use the forum's search feature, you'll find enough reading for days and days...
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Re: Shifter linkage

Common self fix issue, While a PITA at time of failure, an easy fix and upgraded parts available for little coin.

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I've got a bolt in replacement that is 50% stronger. The kit includes a left hand drill bit, an Easy Out, and the new linkage. I sell the linkage only for $40.00 and the entire kit for $52.00 delivered to your front door via Priority Mail. A personal check is fine.

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Re: Shifter linkage

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Common issue if regular maintenance is NOT performed. I check and lube mine every 12K. I often find a loose ball pin.

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Re: Shifter linkage

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*** From another BMWLT member ***
I've got a bolt in replacement that is 50% stronger. The kit includes a left hand drill bit, an Easy Out, and the new linkage. I sell the linkage only for $40.00 and the entire kit for $52.00 delivered to your front door via Priority Mail. A personal check is fine.

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E-mail him first at [email protected], and specify the year of your bike as the 05 and newer have thicker linkages.
I bought 2 kits for my 99 and 03 LTs and a third for my 05 LT.

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post #6 of 17 Old Oct 15th, 2008, 5:11 pm
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Just thought I'd throw this out there for what it's worth. I broke mine in a small town in eastern Oregon. Went down to the local NAPA store and bought a small (about 5 or 6" long overall) needle-nose visegrip pliers. Also got the same small sized regular visegrip plier. They proved just small enough to get back into the bike without taking everything apart and replace the broken parts. They're now a part of my tool kit.
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Re: Shifter linkage

This just happened to me, picking up a 1999 LT that I had just bought. The linkage broke about a mile from where I picked it up. I wired it together, with some shoestring (from my shoe) and rode home (just under 200 miles) in fourth gear.

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Re: Shifter linkage

Well the photo attachments worked!

Needless to say, I will keep the linkage lubricated from now on!

BTW, I thought the length of the first linkage arm was critical to re-installing the linkage. I learned from this site that it only relates to the position of the toe shifter, so depends on the rider. Its length has no affect on the efficiency of shifting. The length I set it at (center to center) is 9.3 cm.

I also understand to use locktite when installing all of the ball studs.

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Re: Shifter linkage

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This just happened to me, picking up a 1999 LT that I had just bought. The linkage broke about a mile from where I picked it up. I wired it together, with some shoestring (from my shoe) and rode home (just under 200 miles) in fourth gear.


I'll try to attach a photo, but I have a Mac and attachment didnt work last time!
Has to be the best "rigging" fix I have seen in a long time.

Nice job!

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Even though it has been mentioned many times before in similar threads, I feel it is worth repeating here: If your linkage breaks in the middle of nowhere you can still ride the Bike to civilization by hand shifting it into 3rd gear!

It is quite simple to do once you have removed the Footpeg plate, and 3rd gear will get you going with just a little clutch feathering as well as allowing you to cruise the slab if need be!

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Re: Shifter linkage

I completely agree with Mr Fish
Third gear was what got me from the "middle of no where" to the "town of darn near there".
Two things got me into trouble:
First, arrogance - I figured I was smooth enough that my shift lever would never break. Wrong.
Second was not being familiar with the shifting levers and the shifting process to begin with. Had I been, the repair would have gone much more smoothly and faster.
My intent now is to disassemble and lube it every year. But being familiar with it will allow a more assured roadside repair should it happen in the future.
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Re: Shifter linkage

Thanks everyone for all your help
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post #13 of 17 Old Oct 16th, 2008, 6:39 am Thread Starter
 
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Do you remove all your pins and pack the deflection lever with grease, and if so what type of grease are you using?

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I use Lithium Grease to pack mine.

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Have to say I have taken the more experienced forum members advice and added this to my 12K.

On my first 12K a few weeks ago, I did it and it made a big difference, and that in only 12K, well almost 13K because of procrastination on that first time jitters on that sweet gas/air filter arrangement

I though it important to see how it comes apart before I needed to see on the road at the most inopportune time possible.

I had the updated linkage from our own forum member but I did not put it in. I carry it in my tool kit as I have since I bought it. Now I know how to install it in an emergency.

I took them all off, cleaned with Dawn, toothbrush, and hot water. I used emery paper to do the ball of the pegs and the beveled receiving lip on the sockets. Easy does it. Sprayed it down with brake cleaner and used a molly grease I have.

One thing is if you get a lot of grease in the cup, when you go to push it on the ball it will be very hard so go easy, and push evenly to allow the grease to ooze out, wipe it clean, and insert the clip/pin.

Well worth the time to do on a 12K.

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...and don't forget to check all the ball pins to make sure they are tight. They come with dry - red loctite from the factory. I always find one that has worked loose - once that happens there is more stress on the threaded part and "snap".

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