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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-24-2015, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Gear shifter play

Just a general question about the play in the gear shifter itself. Is it normal to have play and on my bike the gear shifter can rub the frame while shifting down is it normal or ok?

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Try to push the shifter rod into and out of the engine.

Sit on the ground, on the left side of the bike. Grab the shifter, and try to push it into the engine, and pull it out of the engine.


If you have play, maybe an inch or two, I know what happened!

Let me know.
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Exactly what it does...
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 10:07 AM
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Exactly what it does...
There is an internal Cir-clip which holds the shift rod outward....(beneath the damper gear).....
Cut a piece of hose of proper length, split it lenth wise, install over shift rod....thus holding shifter outward.

Mine has functioned as such for years.

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Dampers went out @ 13+K !
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Nice! Thanks
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 12:53 PM
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I have the same thing on my second Vulcan. The hose trick works great! I'll probably repair it since I'm redoing the dampers this summer, though.

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Yeah there are two circlips. Someone probably hammered the shifter on, like me, and knocked the circlip off. I'm going to try this hose trick though!
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