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My sportster jumps in first and second gear............ ????

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    patmlr Mar 27, 2014

    Mine jumped bad in first gear. It got bad. problem is a design flaw in the first and 3rd gears. The gears dont mesh all the way and ride on the edge. As the beari9ngs and gears wear it starts jumping in and out of gear between the pawls of 3rd and mesh of first. I replaced both sets with andrews and it mesh's perfectly. No more problems ever



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Hello. I have a 1999 1200. Need more info, like does it jump into gear while idling in neutral? or is it just slamming hard into gear while shifting into first and then second while riding?

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