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post #1 of 4 Old 08-31-2009, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Shifter Replacement


Has anyone done a shifter replacement post or video? I will be replacing the shifter and clutch level soon after the bike took a small spill. I see the clutch level one that is sticky but dont see one for the shifter and I did a search. Thanks.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-31-2009, 03:20 PM
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Don't think anyone has done one, but it is simple really. You will have to have a circlip pliers or some means of removing the circlip that holds the shifter on the pivot. I put the shifter on, start the linkage and adjust the height, then lock the locknuts and replace the circlip once I know all is well. Simple really.

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-31-2009, 03:53 PM
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Yea, Replacing the shifter is real easy, you will need a pair of circlip pliers.

If your going to replace your shifter go with a Folding shifter. It will help prevent another break in future.

Hope this helps.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-13-2009, 11:48 PM
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Hi there ucfCIVIL31,

Find copy of post below - if you can get or borrow some external circlip pliers, they make it easier to do. But, real simple, place circlip pliers in holes, stretch circlip and remove, slide lever off, unscrew from link.

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Originally Posted by P76 View Post

The only thing left to do was replace the gearshift lever, which as you'll recall, snapped when I dropped the bike -

First thing to do is remove the busted item, which is pretty easy -

First, remove the circlip that holds the lever onto the frame -

I initially tried to prise it open with a screwdriver, but after gouging myself, I rang my brother (aka Mr. Kinchrome), and borrowed a set of circlip pliers (external) - circlip off in a jiffy.

Then loosed one or both of the nuts that attach the lever to the gearbox -

and remove the busted lever.

Then, admire your new Studebaker (I kid you not, that's who make this - even the logo looks the same)

drool over the folding tip -

and then marvel at the fact that a solid steel folding tip lever costs about $A55 delivered from the USA, while a Suzuki standard crap featherweight alloy item costs more than double from your local shop.

Fitting is the reverse of removing, remembering to clean and grease the mounting point. I found I had to get some pliers on the circlip, as I had streched it when removing (probably by using a screwdriver first, instead of the correct tool!), to bend it back. Then using the freewheel on the connector, move the gearshift to the best position.

I find that the new lever makes shifting more enjoyable - I think owing to the extra weight meaning less effort is initially required to get the job done.

Ready now for the next adventure!
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