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1992 FLSTF fatboy.. everything was ok when i started out onthe highway, 1st and 2nd gear seemed ok but when i shifted to 3rd gear , the shift lever got sloopy and would not go into 3rd gear or higher. 1st and 2nd still works but that it. Again the shifter is real sloopy. There is what appears to be an adjustment on the left side of the tranny case by where the shaft comes out of the tranny.Please tell me that this is an easy fix.

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    marlon Mar 07, 2015

    how many hours and what tool do i need to do this

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it sounds like the shifter pawl return spring has broken on the shifter pawl shaft. Harley has had a problem with these but there is not a recall notice on it as far as I know.

The fix is a major job in that all the primary has to be pulled as well as all the guts in the transmission. The shaft will not come out with the two shafts in the transmission. But, at least the five speed transmission is designed to do this with. Much easier than the older four speed.

I do not recommend that you even start the engine until this is repaired. I've heard of the broken spring getting into the gears and doing even more damage. I've been replacing them with either Sputhe or Jim's parts.

Good Luck
steve

Posted on Oct 02, 2010

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