Question about 2004 Harley Davidson FLSTF - FLSTFI Fat Boy
Check the oil level too. It could be lack of lubrication.
Posted on Mar 24, 2010
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.
Posted on Oct 05, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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