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Transmission of my twincam 88 became frozen in 3rd gear. shifter would not move up or down. After a short period it freed itself and returned to normal operation.

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  • cficik Oct 05, 2009

    its a 2004 Twincam 88 with 5 speed. First and only time it has happened but I have not ridden it since.

  • cficik Oct 05, 2009

    its a 2004 Twincam 88 with 5 speed. First and only time it has happened but I have not ridden it since.

  • cficik Oct 05, 2009

    its a 2004 Twincam 88 with 5 speed. First and only time it has happened but I have not ridden it since.

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Check the oil level too. It could be lack of lubrication.

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With your bike not running and the transmission in neutral, use your hand a slightly lift up on your shifter. Don't actually try to shift the transmission into a gear, just lift the lever and feel the spring tension on it. Then push down on it as if to shift into first but don't actually shift the transmission into gear. The resistance in both directions should feel about the same. What you checking here is the shifter pawl return spring. On the five speed transmissions behind Evo engines, they were bad about breaking. If you've got sring tension trying to return the shifer back to the neutral position from both directions, you're fine.

Now there is another little spring on the shifter pawl inside the transmission. That may have messed up. I don't know whether your problem was just a one-time thing or if it's something that is going to be recurrant.

Either way, I would suspect a problem with the shifter pawl. If you replace it, replace it shaft and all. It is a complete teardown of the transmission to replace it. Just ride the bike until it screws up completely unless you are sure thats what the problem is.

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