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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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This came up all at once and nothing first...

As I rode off to work this afternoon the shifter became sluggish to the point where I had to use several firm attempts to downshift, especially but not exclusively, into first gear.
Also, up-shifting was troublesome and a couple of times I couldn't get into fifth gear (luckily not during the highway portion on the trip).

Here's where it's really weird: When I couldn't get into 5th after several attempts I tried the heel shifter and it wouldn't move at all...as if it had bottomed out.

I can't see anything physically jamming the shifter.
it doesn't drop out of gear and it's not making any unusual noises either.

Any ideas?

At this point, I'm pretty sure I can make my 30 mile mostly interstate nightime commute home, but I'd like to get an idea what the deal is.

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Got any WD40 with ya?
I spray my shifter linkage several times a season and I can feel the difference
it makes.
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i am not trying to be cute...please define specifically what you mean by "shifter linkage"...thank you
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Have you done any work around or to the shifter linkage lately...i bought pretty chrome toe and heal shifter pads for my 09 C50 and as i rode off into the sunset i could not shift out of 2nd...back home i noticed that all looked good on the surface but....as i manually activated the shifter i noticed that the clearance was gone from the heal part and it was catching on the floor board.... i had to use the adjustment nuts on the shifter rod to get back the clearance needed to prevent the jam at the back of the board....now i have plenty of clearance and the shifting is as smooth as silk....i hope this may help you
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Any pivot points involved with the shifter and linkage.
Do you go by a store that might sell WD40 on the way home?
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Looking for some WD40. 🙂

The only work I did recently was to change the oil and filter. That was a few weeks ago. Mobil 1 15W50.
Other than that, just some odds and end.


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Ya know...I have four cans of WD40 at home....Where I ain't.
I guess I better add that little item to my saddlebag tool kit.
It's always what you don't have that you need.

There's a hardware store nearby.


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Good luck!
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Home safe.

It shifted a bit better on the way back but it's still a bit gummy. At least I hit every gear I wanted, even if it somtimes required a bit of persistence.

I'll apply the WD40 tomorrow in the daylight and hopefully that'll do the trick.

Thanks all. 🙂
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Hope it does.
Best of luck!
Glad your ride home was a little better.
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