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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-21-2011, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone refresh my memory on what year they started putting the heavier internal shift rods in our bikes? Tried a search will no success.

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I think it was the same year they went from an Allen head drain screw to a Phillips head.........................









They changed the shift rod????

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yes KM.. the shift rod was changed due to the snapping... i can't remember the years, but would assume that the newer the better
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cheapcycleparts and others used to list the old number (and it's replacement) on their parts diagrams for the older bikes, but now they just show the newer part. Was wondering what year they made the change as I'd like to get a used one and need to know when the change was made.

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Hey fc, I read somewhere the model year that the shift shaft was upgraded.
I remember it because it was the same model year as my bike, a 1991.
So, anyone with a 1991 model or later should have the heavier shaft. (~8 mm diameter compared to the earlier ~5 mm shaft)

EDIT: Picture of both rods in Roach`s video to compare diameter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_ib5k7Fa1Q

There was someone on here who replaced that shaft this summer without splitting the engine case, but their identity eludes me at the moment.

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Thanks, OH! Picture is worth a thousand words! IIRC, 91 is also when they switched from a rectangular master cylinder to a round one.

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Thanks, OH! Picture is worth a thousand words! IIRC, 91 is also when they switched from a rectangular master cylinder to a round one.
Right you are sir, about the master cylinders.

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I want to know how to change the shaft w/o splitting the cases. I have both my side cases off of the engine, and the shift shaft is nowhere to be seen.
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The shift rod is not the same thing as the shift shaft. The rod they replaced with a heavier one is inside the cases, and you have to split the cases to get to it.

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I think I have one of the newer ones out in the garage somewhere if anyone needs it.
Free to a good home if I can find it.

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