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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2019, 12:01 PM
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a working temporary fix is putting an appropriate sized piece of hose on the outside of the case, between shift lever and case, to hold it out into the same position
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I ran across another video from years ago of someone with exactly the same problem as you, so there's a recurring problem that is more than just a popped-off circlip. Was the bike dropped on the shifter or something similar before this happened? I'm wondering if the dog-leg on the interior end of the shifter rod got smashed against the far case and was bent towards the shift lever, eating up some of the rod's length? There's a window between the two halves of the crank case to allow oil to flow back and forth ... I wonder if you could stick a dentist's mirror through there and see what's happening on the other side.

Or, you know, slap some hose on there and ride.

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After I realized there was an issue but before I took the cover back off I had thought about a spring on the outside but decided to open it back up to try to fix it properly I was thinking about a spacer on the shaft because it wouldn't wear as much a hose and it wouldn't rub against the oil seal on the outside of the case. To me, it seems to be a more "permanent" rigged fix (because I know myself and as long as it works I'm not going to worry about it anymore) so as long as there is enough space between the shifter and the gear next to it I shouldn't have an issue. Is there a reason that hose on the outside may be better?
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If the seal happens to be slightly below the edge of the case, a washer could be used to prevent rubbing the seal.

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I have had to replace that seal, and I *think* the actual sealing surface is recessed a bit. but yes, a washer between hose/spacer and seal should prevent any wear there regardless of whether or not the sealing surface is recessed

also, there is very little movement in the shaft in normal operation, so if you select a hose/spacer thats a tight fit to the shaft, you may be ok, as the hose/spacer will only move (rotate) with the shaft, and not spin freely due to vibration

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I think tomorrow I'm going to go to Ace and find a spacer i'll update you guys just so you know how it goes! I'm planning on putting the spacer on the inside of the case (between the inner part of the case and the C-clip on the shaft) so I don't have to worry about that seal ( plus it would be metal and not rubber so might last longer if I can keep this motor without blowing it up that is haha) if I can't get the right spacer then I'll go for a hose on the outside.
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