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Offline albngore

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How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 11:50:37 AM. »
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I have not yet dug into the manual, but I took a look at the cycle seeing what it would take to replace (or clean and grease) the splined shaft to which the toe and heel shifter levers are attached.

It looks like there is one allen socket bolt holding the inboard side of the splined shaft and I believe I can reach it from the front of the cycle to loosen and tighten. So, after I remove the foot shift levers, will the shaft simply slide out for replacement? Are there internal bushings and such that I have to look out for? At replacement of the shaft I believe I would use some anti-seize on the shaft. Would a grease be better?

Is there a better way to do this than I described?

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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 12:00:48 PM. »
I have a 2000 rk. I did not like the heel shifter. It also rattled when it idle'd

Took allen off front, there was also a allen on back of shaft. Took it loose and slid out shaft.
Mine has a grease fitting on shaft housing.

I can only tell you my experience, dont know about your year.

I also used a small thin rubber washer on back to keep the metal off the metal and no more rattles.
Did not want to spend 40-50 on the fancy chrome spacer to take the place of the rear heel shifter so took a craftman socket that was the right size and sanded it shinney, slid it on.

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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 01:16:21 PM. »
Shaft slides right out after you loosen the inboard lever, bushings rarely wear but the shaft does.
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 01:26:13 PM. »
You need to completely remove the bolt to free the shaft. Just loosening it won't work as the bolt intrudes into the shaft.
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 01:59:50 PM. »
 :agree: sorry, didnt expand on that, I take to much for granted.......  :embarrassed:
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 02:26:15 PM. »
Did you try the simple fixes first for a loose lever?
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 03:03:09 PM. »
Yes, the fix I chose was to remove both shift levers and clean the shaft splines very well with brake cleaner. Then, I used Blue Loctite for the toe shifter splines and replaced the rear shifter. After 24 hours the lever seems solid with the shaft just with hand pressure. It has been raining so I could not go out for a real world test.

Thanks for the responses.
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 03:06:50 PM. »
Info above is correct on removal.  You didn't state what the issue is.  Either loose or seized would be my guess.  I recommend when you remove the shaft, drill, tap and install a grease fitting in the housing so you can shoot a little lube to it periodically.  The shaft on my 05 nearly seized up on me before I did that.  It was a bear just removing the shaft. Earlier models had a grease fitting there from the factory.
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012. 03:59:46 PM. »
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I recommend when you remove the shaft, drill, tap and install a grease fitting in the housing so you can shoot a little lube to it periodically.

 
 :agree:   HarleyHogs  Got a Grease Zerk in your Primary at the Gear Shift shaft? If not see THIS

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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #9 on: Thursday, January 12, 2012. 06:49:52 AM. »

I keep meanin to add that zerk mentioned above and so far I've always forgotten in real time - as for replacing that shaft.............I always replace both toe/heel shift levers along with the shaft AND sometimes the inner lever as well...........'Gracie' (2001 FLHR) has a plastic bushing in the primary 'tunnel' (for lack of a better term) that the shaft goes through

at 140,000 miles I think I'm on my 3rd or 4th set of levers & shaft - and I promise I am as gentle as possible when shifting
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #10 on: Thursday, January 12, 2012. 07:37:13 AM. »
Did you replace the bushings too, looks like they are going to be tough to get out?
Don't know if its just the shaft or both!

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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #11 on: Thursday, January 12, 2012. 08:01:02 AM. »
I replaced the bushings in mine when I added the grease fitting. I used a hacksaw to split the bushings then they fell out. I also sawed open the split in the new bushings to get them in.
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Re: How to replace toe/heel shifter SHAFT?
« Reply #12 on: Thursday, January 12, 2012. 09:09:40 AM. »
I replaced the bushings in mine when I added the grease fitting. I used a hacksaw to split the bushings then they fell out. I also sawed open the split in the new bushings to get them in.

 :agree:    Yes I replace the bushing also - as I recall my indy has some cylindrical hunk of scrap metal he uses to drive out the old bushing
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