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Motorcycle transmission 2004 883 sportster, my gears... all of a sudden became hard to change gears...seems to be some "play" when moving the gear lever...notice a little oil on outside of bike in that area....doesn't seem to be the clutch....i can change gears but only by moving lever up and down until it gets into gear....harder to get to higher gears....

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There is a spring inside the Primary that pulls the shifter back to the neutral position....it is broken......common problem with the Sportster.

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