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Difficult down shifting

Is there an adjustment besides clutch play?

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  • Rob Selvy
    Rob Selvy May 11, 2010

    The only adjustment on a Honda for adjusting the shifting will not solve your problem. All it does is center the "shift play" to a neutral position when adjusted usually in third gear. If you are having troubles down shifting you want to make certain that you have 1/8 in. of free play at the clutch arm on the case and about 1/4 in. at the lever. Make sure you use a good quality grade of Motorcycle oil for your engine. Automotive oils do not have the same additives to help with shifting and clutch usage. Do you have problems in any specific gear or is it in all ranges?

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Hi, There is no other adjustments besides clutch free play, however make sure you use proper oil type in engine/gearbox.

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