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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 18th, 2006, 3:07 pm Thread Starter
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Sticky Gear Selector

Hello Guys,

I mentioned a few weeks ago about my gear selector being sticky. I have to bring it back up with my foot and send it back down also, it is not returning to centre on its own.

I was reluctant to take it completely apart so I just sprayed some copper grease on to the linkage but as some else here mentioned at the time, I will have to strip it all.

So today I stripped it, and removed the two ball and socket joints. The were filthy, but moving quite freely, I completely clean them and go them ready for re-installation with more copper grease.

However, I think that the friction I am experiencing is not coming from the linkage, but the bolt and washers that are used to hold the actual gear pedal in place.

It is held in place with a large allen bolt. When I finally removed this, I saw traces of nut lock, at least that is what I thought the red stuff was anyway.

Then I allow this bolt to sit loosely, the pedal is free as a bird, but when I tighten it, it makes the pedal quite stiff. There looks to be a sort of bearing in the middle of the hole in the pedal, but it does not look to me like it is freely moving. The washer on the big bolt also seems to be making a friction joint with the pedal and the more I tighten the allen bolt the more the gear pedal becomes stiff and less free.

Firstly, any of you guys got a more precise understanding on how this is supposed to operate. Should I leave the bolt loose-ish and hold it in place with nutlock as opposed to friction?

Do I need a new gear selector or a new bearing, if so, how do I get the bearing out.

Should I dare riding the bike at all without nutlock in the bolt again?

Any additional comments gratefully received.


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post #2 of 5 Old Mar 18th, 2006, 4:35 pm
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We call it Loctite over her, but yes use it. The bolt is a shoulder bolt and when it is tight the pedal bushing should be free to move - Never mind I checked the manual, its not a shoulder bolt but it holds a bushing that should be fixed and the pedal (with its bushing) moves about it. Try pressing out the bushing (could be gunked up) and clean it up. Hope that helps.

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post #3 of 5 Old Mar 18th, 2006, 5:47 pm
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I have mine apart and in my hand. Don't ask why. Gear selector has two plastic bushings One on each side pressed onto shifter. There is a open space in the center between the two bushings. Open space may be for extra grease? Shifter is held on by a oval head screw M10X50 6mm allen head and a washer on the outside The screw goes through a metal bushing. The metal bushing is what gives the shifter the proper spaceing when the oval head screw is tight. The metal bushing does not move, the shifter only moves on the bushing. The only way it can't move freely is if the metal bushing is woren and allows the oval screw to bind against the plastic bushing. Does the metal bushing (spacer) move smothly on the two plastic bushings? Plastic bushings could be bad, but if the spacer moves freely it not the plastic bushing. I have never heard of the metal bushing wearing to be out of speck or the plastic bushings in the shifter being bad. I know I didn't fix your problem. I hope David reads this he may beable to help.

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Originally Posted by markbreen
So today I stripped it, and removed the two ball and socket joints.
Did you do the tranny ones?

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post #5 of 5 Old May 30th, 2006, 12:12 am
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sticky shifter

My LT shifter got sticky too. Had to 'toe" it up. All because I had dropped it on L side, bending the lever so it rubbed on the fairing. Took me a while to figure that out. Steve

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