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Old 09-26-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
 
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Shifter height adjustment - Proper procedure?

Can I get some advice from someone who has actually done it with success? I have done a search and found quite a few debates between rotating the shift shaft crank and adjusting the connecting rod.

I just got some boots and it's very difficult to shift. I'd like to make the adjustment without causing more problems.


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Old 09-26-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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Rotate the shift lever on the splines. Do not adjust shift linkage. It will cause shifting problems. The linkage must be parallel to function properly
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Thank you!

Just did it and it's better.

Will I hurt anything if I move one more spline over? Feels like i need a little more room. (Steel toes boots)
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As long as you can reach the shift pedal it shouldn't hurt anything.
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Just bought a used 2007 Rebel 2 days ago and I'm having the same problem. I'm going to try it when I get home, hopefully it works. I'm not saying ladies aren't mechanically inclined but I'm certainly not!

I'll come back to this thread and update on how I do!

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Just bought a used 2007 Rebel 2 days ago and I'm having the same problem. I'm going to try it when I get home, hopefully it works. I'm not saying ladies aren't mechanically inclined but I'm certainly not!

I'll come back to this thread and update on how I do!

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It was so simple. I can't believe there were threads debating in depth about why this would not work. I've been riding with this adjustment for a few weeks now. No problems AT ALL.
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shifter adjustment

adjusting the spindle 1 notch has worked great for me. Now I can shift with boots on.
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what would happen if you adjusted the linkage? And what is it for? Just curious and learning stuff.
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what would happen if you adjusted the linkage? And what is it for? Just curious and learning stuff.
If you try and adjust it by the linkage, it makes it so your toe moves the actual shift lever more in one direction and not enough in the other.
Which direction is too much and which is not enough depends on whether you tightened or loosed the linkage as compared to parallel.
Either way, it leads to shifting difficulty.
That linkage it there because the Rebel has forward foot controls conpared to "standard" riding position. The leverage has to be evenly distributed as it would be if the toe lever was directly attached to the shift shaft.
On "standards" that have the toe lever directly attached, you would have no option but to pull it off its splines and move up or down a spline or two.

Pulling the bolt, sliding off the rear linkage and rotating a spline or two is also a lot easier that aligning the linkage anyway. Rotating a spline or two is as easy as a ten minute job including a five minute coffee break.


Here's Cagie's excellent drawing of the linkage alignment. It show how misaligned one way or the other limits the shifter throw.
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