Shifter Linkage

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by sprinklerfitter669, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

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    I want to replace the stock shifter linkage.
    I found the one i want at the dealer.
    Somebody told me that when they replaced theirs, it was so stiff, they had to soak it in WD-40 for wekk to loosten it.
    is this common?
     
  2. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

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    sorry smitty,
    i should have clarified, he told me the new linkage had to be soaked, due to stiffness, that is what i wanted to know if that is common, for new linkages to be stiff, and have to be soaked, or was it just sitting on the dealers shelf for awhile
     
  3. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Boy, howdy on that nonsense, how long was that "new" part in stock for it to need to be "soaked"...(don't think it was the part that they did the deed to...!) -- take the part back pronto!
     
  4. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

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    i didnt buy mine yet, he bought the Linkage that says FATBOY on it.
    he told me that the ends were stiff, making it hard to shift..... hetold me he soaked it and then it was fine. maybe he installed wrong?
    i just wanted to check to see if somebody else had this happen to them.
     
  5. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

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    I have replaced a couple of them and never had a problem like that.
     
  6. Heatwave

    Heatwave Banned

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    No soaking will be needed. Like Top said: adjust the new one to the same length as the one you take off, and put it on. This is a piece of cake and looks a lot better than the OEM rig.
     
  7. Adamal47

    Adamal47 Active Member

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    You replaced them for cosmetics or did they go bad? How does a linkage go bad? How do you know if it's bad?
     
  8. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Actually the only thing that could be binding is galling in the ball/socket joint due to corrosion, lack of lubrication or some sort of acid/salt destroying the rubbing surfaces...OR the angle is too sharp for the heim joint to actuate shifter w/ proper leverage...either way bad news is going on for a "new" part!