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post #1 of 21 Old 04-12-2006, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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locktite the shift lever nut

Going to work today, I went to down shift and I had no shift lever. Pulled off onto a side street and the shift was dangling by the linkage. I managed to get the pivot nut tightened a couple of turns by my fingers. Rode the rest of the way to work and got a pair of pliers and tightened a couple of more turns.
Went to the hardware store a bought a snap ring wrench and locktite over my lunch hour.

I think I have seen this mentioned before, but here's another reminder.
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Re: locktite the shift lever nut

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Going to work today, I went to down shift and I had no shift lever. Pulled off onto a side street and the shift was dangling by the linkage. I managed to get the pivot nut tightened a couple of turns by my fingers. Rode the rest of the way to work and got a pair of pliers and tightened a couple of more turns.
Went to the hardware store a bought a snap ring wrench and locktite over my lunch hour.

I think I have seen this mentioned before, but here's another reminder.
I guess I been lucky, I read about this and have been keeping a close eye on it. I got 4k now on the Strom now, what milage is the average when this happens?
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You know, I'm not the brightest bulb in the pantry, but I've checked all around my shift lever and can't seem to find the bulb being discussed. It it at all possible for somebody to take a pic and email it to me or post it? If you email it to me, I'll gladly host it and post it in this thread to avoid further confusion

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I'll take a picture when I get around to loctiting the nut. I won't be home until next wed.

It is the nut/bolt that goes thru the rear of the lever. It has a snap ring on the end. The shift lever pivots on the outer stud portion of the bolt.
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Got it, thanks for the description, pruav....I'll see if I can't snap a quick pic this weekend of it.
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Gear Shift

Checked mine today and it was loose.Got about 3800 miles on bike.Believe it would of fallen off eventually if left unchecked.Better keep an eye on it! :wink:
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post #7 of 21 Old 04-19-2006, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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This is what the lever looks like when it comes off and is dangling by the linkage




Here is a close up of the bolt with out the lever on it.



It is a 5 minute fix if you have a snap ring tool and locktite.
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For anyone that does not have a snap ring pliers. An awl or other sharp pointed tool and a small screwdriver can also remove the ring. It isn't rocket science and you sort of have to work the ring off but it works. I did use a pliers on mine a week ago but I ended up distorting the ring a bit. Your local hardware stor should have a replacement ring.

PS -- i don't spell or grammar check in most cases, but props if you can use my quick typing to debunk the factual foundation of my arguments!!
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Thanks, all -- good pics pruav! I was able to get my snap ring off with some pliers, also. It would be easier with a snap ring tool, though.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-12-2006, 09:26 PM
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The same thing happened to me on my SV650 and I didn't have but 875 miles on the ODO. I was down shifting and between 5th and 4th gear the linkage was dangling down. I pulled over to the side of the road and with my skinny fingers managed to thread the bolt on 3 or 4 turns. Road it home tightened it a little tighter using a thin open end wrench.
I just had my 600 mile service done three days before it fell off. So needless to say I took it to the Dealer to fix.
I have 1975 miles on my K5 wee strom and checked the shifter bolt and its still tight.
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