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It wont switch gears it stuck in 5th. what do i do?

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It sounds like the shifter pawl is broken. The shifter pawl is what rotates the shifter drum that moves the gears. To get to it, you must drain the primary, loosen the primary chain adjuster underneath the primary, and remove the primary cover. Once you get this off, you must remove the front engine sprocket, primary chain, and the clutch assembly. The shifter pawl is behind the clutch assembly. I would strongly suggest that you purchase a service manual as there is an adjustment involved in which you'll need instructions and a picture of how it's supposed to be set.

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It could be a bent shaft or a bent shifter fork

good luck.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

  • oksurfermike Mar 26, 2011

    thanks im breaking it down right now will post what i found.

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