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post #1 of 38 Old 06-14-2007, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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seeking smoother shifting

most japanese-made transmissions, especially suzukis, tend to get smoother-shifting with miles. but that is not proving to be the case with my vee. if anything, it seems to be a little more notchy than it was when new.

so i've been thinking about experimenting with:

1) removing the circlip and regreasing the pivot point
2) going with synthetic engine oil at my 3k service (i'm at 2.7k miles)
3) ???

any ideas? and thanks in advance ...
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Check your chain tension. Mine shifts much smoother when the chain tension is right. Something to do with backlash, I guess, but it makes a big difference on mine.

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Check your chain tension. Mine shifts much smoother when the chain tension is right. Something to do with backlash, I guess, but it makes a big difference on mine.
chain tension is cool.
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TouringDude,

You might want to take a look at https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8127

I know when I installed my Master Mike Spacers the shifting was greatly improved.

Just a thought.


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Changing to synthetic oil will help.
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TouringDude,

You might want to take a look at https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8127

I know when I installed my Master Mike Spacers the shifting was greatly improved.

Just a thought.

Thanks ... i've installed the new spacers. i wonder if perhaps they are not seated correctly?
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Changing to synthetic oil will help.
Ditto on the synthetic.

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weight of oil also makes a big difference. For example, 15-50 Mobil 1 shifts better than 15-40 Rotella. But I think the smoothest I have tried is 5-40 Rotella synthetic. As a side note, I noticed my cam chain on my 1st gen SV I had was noiser with the less wieght oil.

What oil and weight are you using?
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What oil and weight are you using?
honda 10-40 motorcycle oil. dinosaur juice.
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post #10 of 38 Old 06-14-2007, 07:41 PM
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Good Lord it's becoming an oil thread! Run for your lives!!!!!!


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