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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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should I be able to shift?

I am rebuilding my case and after watching Roaches videos I made sure the gears were in neutral when I put the halves back together. Someone said before I go too far on putting everything back together I should make sure I can shift through all the gears. Well I put that theory to test and I can shift into first and then back into nuetral but then I can only shift into 2nd...
Did I do something wrong inside and need to tear it apart or is it because the bike is not running that it doesn't shift up any higher than second gear? Thanks

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Can you rock the gearing some way...??? I'm thinking you have everything out of the bike, and if you can rock the gearing back & forth and shift you are probably OK...JMO...
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yeah everything was dismantled and I put the halves back together and was putting on chain guides when someone suggested I make sure it could shift-if it don't shift on the bench they said it wont shift on the bike...

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oh and I am just doing it by the foot lever, I dont have anything connected to 'pull in the clutch' like the hand grip does

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If it is a Vulcan, you should only be able to shift between !st and neutral on the bench. That Kawasaki positive neutral finder thingy.
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yes it is a vn750 kawasaki
so is it bad that i can go into 2nd?

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oh good then I am carrying on in putting it back together....thanks!!!

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If I remember correctly, there are 3 little balls in there, like ball bearings. That is the dreaded positive neutral finder. If it were mine, and I had it tore down that far, I would leave those out. Kawasaki is the only one that uses such a setup, and I have no idea why. It seems like they caused a problem trying to come up with an answer to a problem that didn't exist.

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When selecting a gear one is attempting to mesh one set of "dog" teeth sideways into a corresponding set of slots in order to lock two gear wheels together. with everything stationary one cannot know if the dogs line up with the teeth, you need to turn the output shaft (big splined bit that drives the bevel box, or if bevel box still fitted then the bit that drives the drive shaft), or the input shaft (engine) to produce relative motion in the gears one is trying to mesh. Simply, turn the output shaft by hand while trying to select gears. this will allow the dog teeth to slot into their respective slots. Since you can already find second it would seem the neutral finder is not an issue for you.

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