Question about Maisto Harley Davidson Model Kit 1997 FLSTF Fat Boy
This is a problem with all Big Twin Harleys. I've replace many of the shift levers and the shafts. To repair the job correctly, it's a big job. Since the lever is worn and gotten sloppy to the extent that it will no longer shift the gears, the shifter pawl shaft is probably worn to the point that it needs to be replaced as well.
To replace this shaft, the entire primary, both the outer and inner primary cover, will have to be removed. This includes the engine compensator sprocket, primary chain, and clutch assembly. The starter and the inner primary will have to come off. On the right side of the bike, the exhaust will have to come off so you can get the starter off. The "trapdoor" on the transmission will have to come off and the gear shafts removed to get the shifter pawl shaft out.
It's a major job. What causes it is the lever being made out of soft material and thousands of shifts made over the years. I guess someone could have abused the shift lever while it was sitting there but more than likely, it was badly worn to begin with. Sorry Dave. Like I said, this is a common problem.
Posted on Aug 21, 2010
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