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Hi Guys,

Hopefully someone might be able to help ID the issue my bike has.

Its an 88 883 sportster, 4spd about 9k miles.

It will upshift fine and downshift fine, until the motor starts to get hot. I then notice that when coming to a stop i can downshift into 3rd but trying to get into 2nd it wont let me.

The shifter wont move at all, then by the time im slowing down even more, it will just shift into 2nd like no worries. This will also happen with trying to get in 1st. I usually have to wait till stopped and tap the shifter a few times until it lets me get into 1st.

the tranny fluid has about 120 miles on it (HD dealer sportster stuff), (tranny shifted fine for those 120 miles), i just readjusted the clutch and the primary chain, but still have the issue.

The bike has been leaking out of the shifter shaft, but i finally replaced the little gasket and cured that issue.

any ideas?

 

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Well i finally got about to tearing the tranny out, wasn't that hard at all.

Looking it over i see one of the "finger rollers" on a shift fork was chewed and some roughness can be found on the "shifter cam". I should be able to just sand then smooth again right, and replace the finger roller?

Playing with the "shifter Cam" to change the gears it looks like that is the reason for my tough to impossible shifting. The cam follower is tough to move down to allow the shifter to operate and is getting hung up. I can see one side of its peak has been worn flat were the other side has a ridge the shift cam sits in.

Would replacing that as well be a wise move?
 

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Thanks Dragstews, appreciate your insight.

You talking about the Drag Specialties part?

My old springs should be fine right?

 

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The last one I had down ('89 883) had a worn trans plate where the main brg sits. Caused the basket to have a LOT of movement, made it difficult to adjust the clutch. peace
 
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