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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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tight downshifting

Ive noticed from time to time that my downshifting to a stop is much tighter than the upshift while accel. Is this normal?? Its not all the time that I notice it

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 01:58 AM
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+1 I have the same issue.

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If the speed isn't right mine will do that, but if I have the speed low enough It isn't a problem. Also check your oil. What type of oil are you using? What type of oil filter?

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sHELL hELIX 10W 40 Hiflow oil filter. Oil level is at the top of the range . Maybe thats it

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my oil level is above the HI line

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Oil level has nothing to do with shifting, if the engine runs alright. An oil level that is really to high will cause the crank throws to hit the oil in the sump, and seriously reduce power. But it would have to be a lot to full, as the sump is mostly empty at anything above idle.

The Vulcan 750 does not like to be downshifted at higher rpms. I don't start downshifting mine until I'm below 2,000 rpm, and then often blip the throttle while shifting to line up the gears properly. If you are used to an inline four, the Vulcan is a whole different animal. I had to get used to shifting my Goldwing, it also has a clunky transmission, but if you do it just right, you rarely ever get a clunk. There is no way to shift a Harley without a clunk, the transmission is designed that way. But a Harley is a large slow moving beast that should not be rushed.

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