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Samurai 5th/reverse rail fork stuck

When you shift into 5th gear the rail fork gets stuck in an upward position, so you cannot shift into reverse. All other gears work fine, and if the fork is in the down position you can shift into reverse.

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Hi Amanda

This sounds very much to me like a linkage problem. I think your best bet would be to take it to your mechanic for him/her to have a look at it and fix it properly.

Hope this helps.
-Steve

Posted on Apr 02, 2015

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let me guess, easy, and cheap first. ok? no need to go hog wild on guessing, at your expense ,no?>



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