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I have a 05 KLT. I am checking the shift linkage and going to clean and grease the ball joints. I am having a hard time taking the pin out of the ball . I have Paul Sayegh's DVD to guide me . The pin just does not want to come out . Help
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The pin is a bit tricky to remove as you need to pivot it out before pulling out straight.

Of course this becomes obvious... after the pin is removed and it is much easier to put back in when you are done.:rolleyes:
 

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yep once you get the first one it will become easy I think you just twist it off the ball then lift straight out and reverse to install good luck
 

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I did rotate the pin and pulled straight up on it ...it is not moving ....maybe it is bent .... I see what looks like a bolt that holds the linkage to the plate . If I remove that it looks like the shifter and linkage will come off the plate . Is that right?
 

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Often this happens with side force on the joint. I had a miserable time on my first go at it. It was seriously bent, the clip that is. There was just not enough room for my meat hooks to get in there.


I have since found the best way is to remove the lower faring so you don't have to pull out ward on the plate. This prevents bending the clip. This will also give you enough room to pull the clip on the other end of the rod. Once you have the plate off the bike it is easier to use a pair of pliers to remove the bent clip.

Also look here for more info:
Linkage Article
 

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I did rotate the pin and pulled straight up on it ...it is not moving ....maybe it is bent .... I see what looks like a bolt that holds the linkage to the plate . If I remove that it looks like the shifter and linkage will come off the plate . Is that right?
I need to compress the ball joint together in order to slide the pin out. I don't know many who have the same issue as I do so you might be another one with this tight fit problem. Once I take out the pin the joint pops right apart indicating there is some pressure in there putting resistance on the pin. Same procedure for installing it. there is no way that pin is going in without holding the ball and socket tightly together with pliers or a clamp.
 
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