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post #1 of 10 Old Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:41 am Thread Starter
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Dense moment with the shift linkage

After reading several posts about the importance of keeping the shift linkage lubed, I decided to check mine.

Maybe it's too easy, and that's what's stopping me, but how the heck do I disconnect it after taking out the three hex bolts and two screws?

From the pics I've seen, there's a wire contraption to hold the ball into the socket, but I couldn't figure out how to remove that.

End result is that I can wiggle the thing around, but can't get it off the bike!

I read in a post that someone found it a little easier if they pulled the lower left fairing so I did that for the first time ever, but still couldn't see how to disconnect the linkage from either end. (And when I gave up and put it back together so I'd be able to ride to work, I learned a few things about order of assembly, too.)

What obvious-to-everyone-but-me step am I missing?

(And of course, once off, how do you maneuver it back on?)

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Re: Dense moment with the shift linkage

I highly recommend the Paul S. LT service DVD's.

I was not going to service my linkage, figuring it was done by previous owners and the book was stamped by the dealer. Was I wrong!

Most of the seals were missing, little was left of what was there to begin with, and the clips were badly bent. It was a mess in there.

My eyesight requires the use of trifocals or up close, nothing....so it was a real task for me. Took me probably a couple of hours.

Helped to have some long needle nose pliers, a couple of the Sear's scribes and bent thingies, some new seals and clips, and a lot of patience.

After seeing how badly beat up some of the parts were, I then ordered a spare linkage set on the forum, just in case.

I have no intention of going back in there any time soon. You only need to remove the one panel to access the linkage. The rest is all technique.

I made some notes as to which direction the pins went in and rotated, should I need to replace anything. If I were 30 years younger, this would have been no big deal. No garage and working on a stone driveway made it that much more difficult.

So, before it falls apart, I would suggest buying at least the seals, some good grease and at least half a dozen new clips.

I found taking off first and putting the clip on the side panel last worked best for me, from what I can remember.

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I highly recommend the Paul S. LT service DVD's.
Where can this DVD be purchased?

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Where can this DVD be purchased?
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Re: Dense moment with the shift linkage

But...but...but...

What are the steps that I have to do to disconnect the plate with the footrest and shift lever from the rest of the bike?

(I'll look into the DVD, but in the meantime...)

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But...but...but...

What are the steps that I have to do to disconnect the plate with the footrest and shift lever from the rest of the bike?

(I'll look into the DVD, but in the meantime...)
1. Remove the 3 bolts holding the plate on.
2. While holding the plate in one hand,pull it out gently,reach behind it and locate the pin holding the ball in the back of the plate.
3. Rotate the pin 1/2 turn and pull it out of it's hole.
4. pop the ball out of the socket on the back of the plate.

Helps to have small hands and needle nose pliers.
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Re: Dense moment with the shift linkage

Ahhh, so I do have to remove the pin. Small hands and needlenose pliers is right! (I have the latter but guess I'd better add a set to my tool kit.) I have to admit, though I knew the pin was there and could see it, I couldn't get hold of it to rotate it. There didn't seem to be a way to move it at all.

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Ahhh, so I do have to remove the pin. Small hands and needlenose pliers is right! (I have the latter but guess I'd better add a set to my tool kit.) I have to admit, though I knew the pin was there and could see it, I couldn't get hold of it to rotate it. There didn't seem to be a way to move it at all.
The pin comes out of the hole and then wraps around the shaft just back of the socket. Feel for the end of the wire as it wraps around and pull out for the half turn and then pull out of the hole.

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I'll give that a try next time I'm in the garage. Thanks, Dan.

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Re: Dense moment with the shift linkage

This article should get you in the ball park:

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