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1979 sportster transmission repair

Lost my gears shifter fork repair?

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You got it, bent shift fork. I think the manufacturers make them weak just to keep dealer service
departments in business. This is a pretty major repair.

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Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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SOURCE: 1989 1200 Sportster frozen gear shifter

take it back as the trans and motor are one piece they did not align the innards right

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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SOURCE: shifter noise on my 1985 sportster

The Sportster has a "cassette" type transmission. The transmission can be removed without the necessity of splitting the cases to get at it like most other motorcycles.

To remove the transmission one must remove the primary drive component that include the compensator sprocket, the primary chain, and the clutch assembly on the left side of the engine. On the right side of the engine, you'll have to remove the rear brake master cylinder, the front chain sprocket cover, and the front chain sprocket.

Going back to the left side of the engine and remove the four bolts that hold the transmission front plate (access cover) to the engine cases. There are two "pry points" on the access cover. Look around the edge of the cover and you will see them. Pry the access cover off gently and the transmission will come out of the engine cases. The shifter shaft will remain in the cases. When you reinstall the transmission, mark the shaft in such a manner that you can tell what position the shifter shaft finger is pointing. It should be level pointing to the rear of the engine as the transmission is reinstalled in the case.

If you can find a Clymer's manual #M428, it explains in detail the removal and repair of the transmission.

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SOURCE: i have a 1979 harley sportster. and 2nd gear acts

replace 2nd gear,,,the "dogs" are worn and it is having trouble "locking: in second [knwn to be a weak gear]

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Hi, Kam and the usual suspects are:
1. Shifter pawl improperly adjusted.
2. Shifter drum improperly adjusted or damaged.
3. Shifter engaging parts/dogs badly worn or rounded.
4. Shifter forks bent.
5. Damaged gears.
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Hi Anonymous, you probably have a shifter pawl broken spring, or a bent shifter fork, have you recently dropped the bike on it's left side? Good Luck

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Why are 3rd and 4th gears not selecting?

Hi Anonymous, here is a short list of usual suspects: shifter pawl, shifter cam, shifter cam follower, shifting fork. Good luck

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I have a 72 xlch 1000 sportster and I'm having some major shifting problems. At first I just had alot of slack in the shifter and it wouldn't go into 4th. Well then I lost 3rd. Now it won't hardly shift at...

I would check the clutch first. In some of the sportster clutch packs there is a plate internally that has rivets in it. If the rivets break loose you'll get some of the same problems and it will creep up on you . It won't happen all at once.

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My 06 harley sportster shifts up and now is stuck in 5th gear because it won't shift back down, the shifter moves freely going down, but won't change gears

Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are: shifter pawl, shifter cam, shifter cam follower, or shifter fork. I know you are crying your eyes out because you can't find the first and very best tool you ever bought for your Sportster to let you know which suspect it is. Well dry those pretty blues because for a mere $5.50 you can download another one, please visit website below:
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Sportster shifting problems pops out of first gear

Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are:
1. Shifter rod improperly adjusted.
2. Shifter drum improperly spaced or damaged.
3. Shifter engaging parts badly worn and rounded.
4. Shifter forks bent.
5. Damaged gears.
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I have 2001 883 Harley Sportster, it is hung up in gear, do you have any suggestions?

This could be a fault anywhere in the transmission from the shaft to the actual gear. When you push or pull on the shifter, you turn a disk with "bumps" called the detent. The actual mechanism you are moving when you shift is called the "pawl". The pawl moves the forks, which slides the gears left or right on the shaft.

I know, this doesn't tell you what's wrong. This is just a little background.

One thing that needs routine adjustment is the pawl. If the pawl isn't fully turning the fork drum, it won't force the gear to mesh with the one next to it. Therefore, your machine won't shift.

Adjusting the pawl is something that a "seasoned" do-it-yourselfer could do, with access to the service manual and simple hand tools.

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Needing a service manual for 2004 883 xl. money is tight and I need to split cases to repair shift assembly and shifiting forks

On your Sportster, you don't have to split the cases to repair the shift assembly or the shifter forks. All you have to do it remove the primary drive, (primary chain, engine sprocket, and clutch assembly) and the front belt pulley from the other side.

Then, there are four bolts that hold the access door of the transmission behind the clutch assembly. Remove these bolts and pry the door and both shafts of the transmission out.

I've never seen a problem with the shifting forks in ANY Harley transmission. I may have just been lucky but whenever I worked on transmission shifitng problems, it was always something else. Why do you think you need to pull the transmission. Odds are, your problem is in the shifter pawl. These are notorious for giving problems. Unless of course, you blew second gear trying to speed shift it.

Good Luck

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My bike dosent change gears its stuck in nutral its a 79 ironhead i just cant figure it out

Rock the bike backwards and forwards while trying to shift the gears. If the lever moves up and down but the transmission does not shift, the shifter shaft in the transmission may be broken. When doing this test, make sure the final drive chain is on the bike.

Good Luck

Jul 21, 2010 | 1979 Harley Davidson XLH 1000 Sportster

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