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Shift lever on trans has stripped out. i have found one, but do i need any gaskets or seals when changing it or should i just take it to the shop and have them do it?

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The stripped out lever may not be your only problem. Usually, when the lever strips out, it damages the splines on the shifter pawl shaft to the extent that the new lever will not last long before you have the same problem. I'd recommend that the shifter pawl shaft be replaced as well.

Now, here's the problem. This is a BIG job on either the Evolution or Twin Cam powered machines. Not only do you have to remove both the outer and inner primary cover, you must also pull everything out of the transmission in order to get the shifter pawl shaft out. Luckily, the five speed transmission is much easier to tear down than the old four speeds were. It can be done by an amateur but I'd suggest purchasing a service manual. Take your bike to the shop and talk to them about it. Get a second opinion. After all, I can't see the bike from here.

Good Luck

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