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07-31-2014, 11:18 PM,
#1
Shifter catching on something
I have a 2001 v star 1100 classic, and a few days ago the shifter seem to start catching on something on downshift. It shifts down, but the controls don't pop back up (so I can't shift down another gear). A light tap releases it and I can then downshift again.
I took off the linkage tonight, and found the catching is inside the gearbox.
Any ideas? advice on procedure to open it up?
Thanks,
Jim
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08-01-2014, 08:18 AM,
#2
RE: Shifter catching on something
you may have to take the cover off there is a bolt which comes loose and jams the shifter i'll try to attach a link to the wkb under repairs then click on shifter problemshttps://sites.google.com/site/vstar1100kb/home/repairs
2007 1100 custom,cobra longs and pods,doubled clutch spring.
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08-01-2014, 09:28 AM,
#3
RE: Shifter catching on something
yeah, had that happen on mine, shifter bolt inside came out, dealer fixed it as i had no clue at the time, be sure and get some good thread lock to put on it so will not back out again, thats what they did 4 years ago on my 2002 model, no issues since.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
Life's tough .. it's even tougher if you're stupid. - John Wayne

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08-01-2014, 04:53 PM,
#4
RE: Shifter catching on something
Thanks for the support guys, I appreciate it.
Sounds like something I would do myself, but (get ready for the dumb question), how do I drain out any fluid before I open it up? What do I replace it with?
Gear box oil or something?
I have the tools, and have worked on cars most of my life, but not motorcycles (or standard shift cars for that matter).
I know I should be checking the owners manual first, so my bad. Hoping to buy what I need (for oil, gasket maybe?) before I do this.
Thanks again.
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08-01-2014, 05:07 PM,
#5
RE: Shifter catching on something
is yours the 1100 not sure on the others but most are a wet clutch so they share the engine oil. you are right a side gasket or even get some of the permagasket will work too. i personally as well as others use the Shell Rotella T6 synthetic oil that you can get at wally world.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
Life's tough .. it's even tougher if you're stupid. - John Wayne

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08-03-2014, 11:18 PM,
#6
RE: Shifter catching on something
Right on guys, this was exactly it. Put some red threadlocker on it, filled with you recommended T6, ready for work tomorrow!
Attaching pic of that F#$%^^&&** screw for other peoples future reference. Boy, the head of that screw is pretty mangled. I tried to find any metal floating around in there but there didn't seem to be any (hopefully any came out with the oil).
The other pic is my use of take-out containers to keep the bolts straight. Drew pics of the cover on those containers and popped all the bolts where they came out to keep them straight.
Anyway, my sincere thanks again guys. Ride safe.
Jim


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08-04-2014, 12:15 AM,
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RE: Shifter catching on something
Thanks - that's a sweet idea with the styrofoam parts holder!

John
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08-06-2014, 08:54 AM,
#8
Shifter catching on something
I agree great idea I was doing the plastic bag thing but you way sounds better. gives me a reason to go to Panda Express for lunch before starting a project.
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08-06-2014, 03:20 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-06-2014, 03:23 PM by jimrib.)
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RE: Shifter catching on something
(08-06-2014, 08:54 AM)Kimsnot Wrote: I agree great idea I was doing the plastic bag thing but you way sounds better. gives me a reason to go to Panda Express for lunch before starting a project.
Good point! Maybe I should have used the box from a case of Sam Adams!

So quick update, after riding for 3 days, this machine shifts MUCH better / easier. I think this was loose all last year as well, many times I had to jam it good to downshift.
One concern, it sounds different when it starts now. Sounds to me like the starter has to work harder to turn her over.
Should I be worried? Do they have any kind of starter adjustment?
Has started fine every time, once it sounded like it was slowing down as it turned over. Threw it on a battery tender that night.
Jim
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08-06-2014, 03:42 PM,
#10
RE: Shifter catching on something
could be just the battery itself, how old is it, was it a better grade(higher cca), etc.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
Life's tough .. it's even tougher if you're stupid. - John Wayne

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