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t-jacobs
04-15-2011, 05:34 PM
Please help,

I replaced the primary chain on my 64 FLH. ( Foot shift / hand clutch ) The old chain was original and had tight spots. When I put everything back together I knew I would need to adjust shifter and clutch linkage because the tranny now sits more foreward. The clutch linkage adjusted fine. I turned the clevis on the shifter linkage some and went for a ride. The foot shift lever was hitting the floor board for 1st and I had to squeeze my toe under the lever to get the upper gears. at this point I was still able to shift through all gears but I knew I needed further adjustment. Back to the garage. I turned the shift linkage clevis more but it was hard to turn. I should have held the rod with vice grips because I think I put some twist and strain on the shift ratchet assembly on top of the trans. Out for a second test ride and now the foot lever is in a better position, but I can only get 1st and 2nd gear when I go for 3rd the shift lever is locked up solid. Thanks in advance for any Ideas.

Robert Luland
04-15-2011, 06:04 PM
First off. Take take the clevis off if its that tight and run a tap down it and clean out the rust and reassemble with some anti-seaze. How tight you got that chain? A rachet top is a ratchet top. It travels the same distance no mater what gear your shifting to. Go back, have a beer and play with it. Your hiting something with the shifter lingage and being impatient. If the tranny worked before ya screwed with it. It will work again! Bob

t-jacobs
04-15-2011, 06:58 PM
Thanks Robert,

I have the chain adjusted as it should be. ( Not too tight ) I looked very close and do not see the linkage hitting anything. I am sure tranny will work again but just looking for ideas before I tear everything apart and find I didn't need to.

Robert Luland
04-15-2011, 07:16 PM
Did you readjust the clutch after moving the tranny farword?

t-jacobs
04-16-2011, 07:11 AM
No. Only the clutch rod to the mouse trap.

Robert Luland
04-16-2011, 01:20 PM
Keep in mind that if you have the shifter clevis not adjusted properly, you may not be letting the dogs in the ratchet to fully engage. The shifter shaft lever has to be able to go it's full stroke in both directions. Bob

t-jacobs
04-16-2011, 04:40 PM
Thanks again Robert,

I will be going out of town tommorrow and will not be able to get back at it for a week. When I play with it again I will keep you posted.

t-jacobs
04-25-2011, 07:12 PM
Hey Robert,

I got home and got back at it. Pulled the clevis ran a tap in it and a die on the rod. I made more adjustments and all is well. I guess I was in a hurry and not thinking straight. Shifts perfect and foot lever is in correct position. Thanks for the advice.

Robert Luland
04-25-2011, 07:58 PM
It is normal nature for man to rush things. At least this one didn't cost anything but time. Glad ya worked it out. Bob