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post #1 of 9 Old 06-16-2018, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Shift Lever Fell Off!

I was enjoying a pleasant evening ride, cruising down a country road. Went to shift from 3rd to 4th and there's no shift lever!

Pulled over and discovered that the bolt that holds the shift lever on had completely backed out. Fortunately, I was able to get everything back together and headed straight home. Tomorrow, I'll disassemble, clean/grease, and reassemble, this time with red loctite.

For reference, I have Rick's peg-lowering/shifter-forwarding apparatus.

Should I have put red loctite on originally?
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-16-2018, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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After a little Google-fu, it appears this is not necessarily a rare event. Glad I could join the club.

Many posts suggest blue Loctite, but I'm leaning towards red. Opinions?

(My thinking is that red is bomb-proof, I'll just need a torch if I want to remove it.)



Also, as expected, several of the answers I found were from Greywolf. RIP...
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-16-2018, 09:25 PM
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Loctite blue should be adequate - you may want to remove it one day.
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I had to tighten mine up recently too. I thought about using a longer bolt with a nut and lock washer.

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-17-2018, 01:33 AM
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My first Strom 05 1000 had the same thing happen, did the blue Loctite treatment and never an issue again.

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Wow, cleaning and lubing the chain tonight and shift linkage, I spied the same thing before reading this thread. Everyone should check it I guess.

So many roads, so little time !
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-17-2018, 11:12 PM
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Just checked mine and found loose. Snugged up and I swear the bike shifts a little nicer. '13 DL650 kfh000
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Red loctite needs heat to release it if you ever want to remove it again. Blue should be more than adequate.
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Based on feedback, I used blue Loctite. All reassembled and functional. From now on, the shift lever will get a quick glance before each ride.
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