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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-26-2014, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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possible broken shift shaft?

long story short i am replacing the stator the old fashion way. when i went to install the shift lever it didnt want to go on so i was tapping on it. i guess i tapped too hard because the shaft slid into the stator cover. it didnt go all the way in.

i already tried to take the cover off and i'm not sure if the stator and the drum have such a great magnetic force that i cant pull it off or what but i couldnt get the cover to come off....yes i had all the bolts out and had ample clearance from the frame. oddly enough the shaft stays in position now. so did i break it? im not familiar enough with that mechanism to know how it being pushed in like that would do to the functionality.
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Have you tried shifting while the bike is off? If you can shift OK, you probably have only broken (or dislodged) the circlip that holds it in place inside the casing... If that's the case, just cut a piece of rubber hose to length on the shift shaft from the cover to the shift lever (I used 1/2 in. heater hose from True Value). Replace the shift lever and you should be good to go.

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yes it was the circlip that got came out of the groove.... i've already brushed out the splines of the shaft so the lever will slip on more easily. it does seem to be shifting properly but i'll know for sure once every thing is back together..... i'm just pissed that i tore the gasket taking the cover off.....another couple of days before she's ready to go.
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If the shaft came back out all the way and you got the clip back on your good as for the gasket permatex that sucker and get on the road brother my whole bike has silicone for gaskets except the base gaskets head gaskets and cam covers and no leaks any where

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If the shaft came back out all the way and you got the clip back on your good as for the gasket permatex that sucker and get on the road brother my whole bike has silicone for gaskets except the base gaskets head gaskets and cam covers and no leaks any where
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