Shifter return spring

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by DC Chad, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. DC Chad

    DC Chad Member

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    hi everyone

    it would seem that i have a broken shifter return spring on my 1990 electraglide sport , after spending some time searching for an FAQ on the subject ive decided to pick your collective minds.

    will this require a complete gearbox removal to change the springs or is it something i can do with the box in situ.

    im fully aware i will need to remove the primary drive case etc , but im hoping not to have to strip the gearbox out .

    many thanks in advance :)

    Chad
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    It is a 2 dollar spring, tho you will need to pull the gear set out. This can be done with the case in the bike but it is a big job
     
  3. DC Chad

    DC Chad Member

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    Hi Jack
    thanks for the reply , your right its is a big job but at least i dont have remove the case:D im just in the process of girding my loins for the stripdown now . and getting hold of the springs etc.
     
  4. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    You can see the springs(2) by taking just the top off. Just to verify your problem. A friend thought he had the same problem but after removing the top I saw it the problem to on the detent end of the of the shifter pawl. It was replaceable by just lifting the shifter pawl out of the top, 4 bolts holding it in place.
    tourbox
     
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    With the cover off you should be able to see # 55 and 59
    There may be broken pieces in the bottom of the case a common problem with the 5 speeds
     
  6. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    When doing the repair/replacement, file the sharp edge off of the stamped steel piece that the spring hooks to. That sharp edge is what caused many spring failures.
     
  7. stray dog

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    Nice advice from tourbox in post #4.

    If you don't have a manual, now is the time to get one :D

    I would also replace every bearing and seal possible if you need to go so far as pulling the gear set. They are cheap compared to the tools you need & time spent working. JMO
     
  8. DC Chad

    DC Chad Member

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    you guys are fantastic :D

    im told by the venerable Warrs HarleyDavidson of London that the smaller of the two springs are unavailable and if it is that one gone then im looking at a Pawl Anti overshift kit though at this point im struggling to locate one of those over here .. so ive ordered the larger one plus a new output shaft seal and gaskets etc , ive now removed the primary drive etc so im now at the Gearbox :panic:D

    tomorrow evening i shall start on that , my parts should be with me on thursday so if all goes well and i dont find any horrors then i might just make a planned ride out this weekend :D:D:D

    ill let you know how i get on tomorrow evening

    once again thanks for your help :cheers
     
  9. vonh12

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    Try and track down someone who makes springs. I'm sure like bearings if you have the size its a doable replacement item from a jobber.
     
  10. stray dog

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