Question about Maisto Harley Davidson Model Kit 1997 FLSTF Fat Boy

1 Answer

Hi, 1997 evo , cannot get gears looks like the linkage is turning the sellector arm that goes into the box but all sloppy ! . don`t know how it happened left in shop to sell,, now this. Can you please tell me how it could of happened and is it an easy fix. Thanks Dave Hollands

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 4,565 Answers

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.

Good Luck

Posted on Aug 21, 2010

  • 2 more comments 
  • bigdaddynite Jul 18, 2011

    Can you remove the shaft from the tranny, without remove in inner. On another forum it says that you can lower the inner case to from fault lever. Is there any short cuts you know of?

  • wd4ity
    wd4ity Jul 18, 2011

    No, every one I've replaced, I had to remove the trap door with both transmission shafts attached to the trap door. Do not take the nuts of the ends of the shafts, pry the trapdoor off it's dowel pins. Now, you don't have to remove the individual gears from the shafts like you do on the old four speed transmission either. You'll have to take the top off the transmission and remove the shifter cam and then remove the shifter forks and their shafts. Once this is out, it looks like you can slide the shifter pawl shaft out but it lacks about a quarter inch of coming free. I guess there may be some people that will slide the trapdoor and the two gear shafts back just far enough to replace the shifter pawl shaft, and then put them back in but if I'm going to pry the trapdoor off, I'm just going to take the whole thing out of my way. If you think there is another way, buy a service manual and see what they have to say. This job is complicated enough that I'd suggest that if you're going to do it yourself, I'd recommend a service manual anyway. There may be another way to do the job but this is the way I always did it. Go to and have a look at what the transmission looks like on the inside. Remember, you don't have to take all the gears off the shafts, they all come out with the trapdoor.

    Good Luck

  • bigdaddynite Jul 18, 2011

    Thanks I'll try that.

  • wd4ity
    wd4ity Jul 18, 2011

    You know the old saying. There's more than one way to skin a cat. Well, there may be an easier way to replace this shaft but I don't know of it. I can't figure out what the guys on the other forum are talking about "lowering a case". Once I got the transmission taken down this far, I cleaned the bottom of the case out while I was there. Also, all of the shifter pawl shafts that I replaced had broken the return spring. The piece of broken spring was lying in the bottom of the case. If this short piece of hardened spring metal were to get picked up by the gears, it will destroy the transmission, case and all. That's why I took everything out.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

95 All wheel drive Blazer It's hard steer , re-end locking. nd locking up and alost seems like the br. What would cause all this?

Start with the rear. Most likely a brake problem. 2 things to look at. First the emergency brake cable. Make sure the cable is kind of loose. If not it is locked/rusted and applying the brake. Gets worse as you drive. Cut them close to the brake or replace them. Next is the rear brake hose/s. To check this, if the brakes are tight, release one of the brake bleeder valves. If it releases the brakes, replace the hose. Hard steering could be the power steering pump or gear box, or bad ball joints. This you'll have to look at the steering linkage. Ball joints, pitman arm, idler arm. Any of these look really rusty at the connection. Could be a problem. Look at the steering shaft also. There is a u joint that rusts up and will cause hard spots when turning. Gear boxs usually get sloppy. Power steering pumps start to whine when going bad.

Aug 07, 2016 | Chevrolet Blazer Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

How to replace a power steering gear box

Have the tires straight, lock or secure the steering wheel so it doesn't move. Remove the hoses and steering linkage from the box. Raise the front and remove the drivers tire. Remove the linkage from the pitman arm at the bottom of the box. Use a large hammer to break the linkage free from the arm, don't hit the threads. You will see 3 or 4 large bolts going threw the frame, remove them to drop the box. You will need a pitman arm removal tool to get the arm off the box. You can rent them from the parts store. New boxes come centered, so install the box first, then put the pitman arm on, matching it to the linkage.

Jan 04, 2015 | 1996 GMC Yukon

1 Answer

2005 pt cruiser, stuck in 5th gear

Check the gear linkage cable (very common problem) look down inside engine bay towards top of bell case (thats where the linkage meets with selector arm. Get someone to wiggle the gear stick while you observe selector arm. (if you move the air box out of the way you can reach down and de-select the gear with your hand- should get you neutral at least)... I'll keep an eye out for any reply...

Apr 09, 2014 | 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

1 Answer

Eaton road ranger gear box linkages sloppy need linkage diagram

this needs professional transmission inside looked at this is not simple cable if gear box sloppy its in the trans

Nov 09, 2013 | 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage

1 Answer

1997 subaru impreza wont go into reverse

The subaru gear linkage from the gear stick to the transmission often breaks or gets jammed on something. Look under the car where the gear leaver goes down to the transmission and make sure there is nothing obstructing it. Otherwise try adjusting the clutch linkage to make sure it is completely disengaging.

Dec 30, 2012 | 1997 Subaru Impreza

3 Answers

'89 chevy k1500 sloppy steering wheel (HELP PLEASE)

Everyone always gravitates to the suspension but folks, it's 99% sure that it is the EVO. The EVO is the sensor built into the steering column that senses movement of the steering wheel then controls the power steering pump accordingly. When it goes out (which is all too frequently) you get sloppy and loose steering at lower speeds and it does tighten up a bit on the highway at higher speeds. This is the way it is supposed to work but when it fails it's downright scary trying to keep the truck straight on a narrow two lane road!

Jun 14, 2009 | 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2 Answers

Wiper linkage broken

need to replace new cap

Nov 18, 2008 | 1996 Honda Accord

1 Answer

Nissan 300zx no reverse or 4th gear.

The first place I would look is the shift linkage for wear and a sloppy connection from wear.
adjustments may be made as a possible fix on the linkage rod.
Glad to be of assistance - Please rate the response - I can learn from your rating. Thank you

Oct 27, 2008 | 1990 Nissan 300ZX

Not finding what you are looking for?
Maisto Harley Davidson Model Kit 1997 FLSTF Fat Boy Logo

114 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Maisto Toys Experts

ray gallant

Level 3 Expert

44341 Answers

Mai Lor

Level 3 Expert

1865 Answers


Level 2 Expert

166 Answers

Are you a Maisto Toy Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides