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1985 Harley Davidson FXSB stuck in gear

I have a 1985 Harley FXSB as I was riding I put it in first, then as I shifted into second it was all play The bike won't shift out of gear, the clutch works fine and the linkage is all connected... @

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Hi, ALex and the usual suspects are:
1. Clutch not disengaging.
2. Bent shift shaft.
3. Shift fork bent or seized.
4. Gear seized on the shaft.
5. Gear positioning lever binding.
6. Shift return springs weak or broken.
7. Shift return spring pin loose
8. Shift mechanism arm spring is broken.
9. Shift mechanism arm is broken.
10. Shift drum is broken.
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SOURCE: bike was dropped on the left side and now the

You've got the right idea. You need to pull the primary cover and take a look at the shifter pawl. As long as all external shifter parts are moving as they should, the problem is probably in the shifting mechanism inside the primary. You may have to pull the clutch assembly off to get to it.

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Posted on Aug 21, 2010

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SOURCE: The bike is a 2006

It sounds like a broken shifter pawl spring. This part is inside the transmission and requires a teardown of the transmission. Not a simple job. Harley was having problems with them in the 5- speed transmission back in the '90's but I thought they had gotten that problem solved. There never was a recall as far as I know but I have replaced quite a few shifter pawl shafts. The spring is what returns the shifter back to it's "center" position between shifts. With the transmission in neutral, engine off, use your hand to gently push the shifter down to just before it shifts the transmission. Then let go of the shifter and see if returns back to the "center" position. Make sure the shifter or the shifter rod is not binding in any manner. If it will not return to center, I think this is your problem.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on May 17, 2011

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Billyblanton... I have just had the same issue. Would you tell me how you got this resolved, if you did?
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SOURCE: Kawasaki vulcan won't shift into upper gears above neutral.

Broken selector claw spring

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