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I was riding and all of a sudden the gear shifter stopped working and is lose and not connected. I was in first, so I took in 5 miles home in 1st.

What is my fix it instructions.

I saw something about a ball baring or something that came out, can any one help, thanks.
 

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take the lh drivers foot plate of they are in behind there, there is a little clip at the base of the outer ball that you swing around then pull up to remove, once that's off the ball will come out, you may as well remove the lot and check and re grease them all, when they come loose they break easier, that's why it good to check on a major service.
 

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Iceman, fill out your profile and add a location. There may be someone local who can assist you.
If you were in L.A. I would even give you the replacement part.
Your issue was common with LTs from 1999-2004, and relatively easy to fix.
 

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9.9 times out of 10 the cause of broken shift linkage is neglect.
It's understandable, because the BMW maintenance schedule doesn't mention a thing about it.

On a positive note... Once you've got it fixed, you'll never have trouble with that part of your bike again.
(I believe that the factory parts are ok to use, as long as they are kept tight... & lubricated)
 

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I was riding and all of a sudden the gear shifter stopped working and is lose and not connected. I was in first, so I took in 5 miles home in 1st.

What is my fix it instructions.

I saw something about a ball baring or something that came out, can any one help, thanks.
On early models, there is a weak part in the shift linkage of the K1200LT. You can avoid most problems by inspecting it and greasing it every year (more or less).

A good video tutorial to remove and inspect shift linkage:
http://www.illinoisbmwriders.com/se...-bikes/28-k1200lt-shifter-linkage-maintenance

And also a written tutorial that you can print - sometimes easier in garage unless you already have a CLYMER shop-manual:
http://www.bmwlt.com/files/displayimage.php?album=15&pos=44
You will need to click on top ICON of MsWord to start download of document.
 

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Hey Icepick,
Here is the exploded view of the shifter mechanism. You don't need to remove any tupperware to pull the front left footpeg plate, just the 3 hexbolts and one tupperware screw. The shifting mechanism on my bike was repaired before I bought it at 17K, from what I remember from forum reading, it seems the most common break on the mechanism is the ball that attaches to the shifter arm itself, which is listed as #1 on the exploded drawing, the shifter arm comes off with the foot peg plate, so is easy to get at that ball. I watched the video from the Illinois bmw club, and it wasn't as clear as I thought it could be about how the clips attach. If you didn't get it from the video, you first rotate the clip off the ball end, and then you lift it, as the end of that clip actually slides into a little hole. once you do it, it will be real obvious. anyway, Good Luck!
I'm heading up to the mountains Monday morning to reassemble the bike, and ride it home! I hope you have received the check OK, And Thank you for all your help!!
Rich
 

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also found this from a post from JZ:
No felt was why it broke. These will last forever (almost anyway) if they are properly maintained. The grease escaped and water got in and loosened the ball stud. The loose ball stud snapped. If they are tight you can stomp on them and they won't break. It is on my 12K schedule to check and re-lube as well as replace any broken felt seals.

I would get a replacement ball stud as soon as possible to minimize damage to the ball cup.
07119901736 BALL PIN0.02 3 $3.29


And the felt seal.
23417650149 BUSH 3 $1.20
 

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also found this from a post from JZ:
No felt was why it broke. These will last forever (almost anyway) if they are properly maintained. The grease escaped and water got in and loosened the ball stud. The loose ball stud snapped. If they are tight you can stomp on them and they won't break. It is on my 12K schedule to check and re-lube as well as replace any broken felt seals.

I would get a replacement ball stud as soon as possible to minimize damage to the ball cup.
07119901736 BALL PIN0.02 3 $3.29


And the felt seal.
23417650149 BUSH 3 $1.20
It takes 4 felts. a spare stud on the bike somewhere will ensure that you never need it.:D

Robert
 

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If you happen to be one of those folks who likes to "kick" the shifter when it doesn't pop right into first gear try this instead....... Press lightly on the shift lever and slowly let the clutch out. Just as soon as there's movement in the drive train it will pop right into gear. Same technique works great for running the gears down from fifth to neutral after a fast stop where you haven't been able to downshift. Not saying this is how yours got broken, but I suspect that rough handling kills many of them.
 
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