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Harley sportster shifting problems broke belt

I rode it without oil in primary side dumb move wont upshift into 3rd yet wud down shift form 4th into 3rd and i added oil to primary went on a ride the gears did some weird random **** and then the belt broke and when i tried to down shift it wudnt down shift i hada slam it which led me to bend my dam shifter pls help its a 1995 sportster 883

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Hi Anonymous, things don't work well without oil. sounds like you fried your tranny. My sugestion would be to take it to your local dealer or reputabl shop and have pull it apart and do an estimate. Good luck

Posted on Apr 18, 2015

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SOURCE: transmission will not upshift between 3rd and 4th gear

It sounds like the shifter pawl might not be centered. This is located behind the clutch basket and is a pretty big job to get to, easy adjustment just a pain to get to. You will need a manuel to do it yourself.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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SOURCE: The trans is stuck in 3rd gear. wont shift

sounds like the shift lever shaft broke internally. if you know enough to take it apart and repair yourself, you will firure out how the gearing works. also check shifting forks for defects, make certain thier not bent or this problem will happen again.

Posted on May 07, 2009

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SOURCE: 04 HD flstc shifter problem

Take the pivot apart and grease it before disassembling the tranny, use lithium grease.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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SOURCE: 1994 sportster xl shifting problem

Make sure your cltuch is disengaging. With the motor full hot (ride it a good while), shut iff the engine, put it in first, pull in the clutch and try to roll the bike. It should roll as easily (or almost as easily) as it would in nuetral. If it resist, loosen the clutch adjustment so it has plenty of free play in the lever. Ride and see if that makes a difference. If not, most likely you have a bent shift fork or shif shaft. :(

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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SOURCE: revtech 5 speed tranny. Transmision some times

Sounds more like a shifter pawl problem. I'm not familiar with the RevTech tranny but it should be very similar to the original H-D tranny. The shifter pawl has to be adjusted so that it's got equal travel in both directions. If you're trying to adjust it. Put the tranny in neutral. Now lift the shifter lever until you feel the pawl engage the pin in the shifter drum. Then go back to the middle of the movement range and depress the shift lever until you feel the pawl contact the other pin. The lever should move about the same distance in each direction. If not, the shifter pawl needs to be adjusted. On some bikes, it take some special tools to be able to get to the adjuster. The adjuster is on the left side just in front of the lever that connects to the shifter pawl shaft sticking out of the transmission.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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