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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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hard to downshift occasionally

A lately thing the bike has been doing is being difficult to downshift all the way to 1st or even 2nd. This summer I installed the shift pivot device for the 1500. It didn't do this until last week. Eventually, it does start to shift normal. Since the pivot is a change I figure I'll start there. It's posssible I didn't get it adjusted just perfectly. For those that have the pivot, what are some adjustments or tricks that I need to look for? Other than that, oil is the only other possible thing I can think of. That has only about 1600 miles on it and it's conventional and does not have friction modifiers.

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It sounds like you're looking in the right place, with the shift brace. On mine, I initially had an issue with not enough clearance around the brace, where you have to trim the metal. I re-trimmed it and all was good. As you suspect, the adjustment of the brace itself is pretty critical, as well.
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On mine,there was a place on the crash bar that would not allow the piece that bolts ther to set flat,I used a washer,small od,id same as bolt to secure it,mine is great,you might not have it aligned just righte,seems like I tightened the shift first and tried shifting to center hold down,just look at yours to assure itís free from rubbing something.

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The part in the instructions where it says ' rotate pivot as far forward possible' part... what part exactly is the 'pivot'? It shifts solid but there is this 'catch' on all gears just before it engages fully (full upward movement). Downshifting when it happens is it just won't go into the next lower gear-the pedal just feels like in 1st but isn't. Let it come up no engage but will go up into the next gear. Later be ok like nothing happened. Tweak adjustment time, now that I feel it.

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That’s the piece that bolts to guard,I had to cut Most of the metal out for mine to clear ,is your bolt to clamp to the shifter,on the back or the front.
The bolt on the shaft may be moving,loose

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I made my shift brace after some consideration and as I recall it almost self aligned as I installed it and left bolt loose as I cycled the shifter.
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-goldwing-technical-forum/473554-gl1500-shifter-brace-5.html


I agree that this Wilmo's problem sounds / reads more like a clutch line needing a bleed. ... that part about it eventually starting to shift normal .... if it was a bad adjustment of the brace, it would likely be there always until corrected????
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A lately thing the bike has been doing is being difficult to downshift all the way to 1st or even 2nd. This summer I installed the shift pivot device for the 1500. It didn't do this until last week. Eventually, it does start to shift normal. Since the pivot is a change I figure I'll start there. It's posssible I didn't get it adjusted just perfectly. For those that have the pivot, what are some adjustments or tricks that I need to look for? Other than that, oil is the only other possible thing I can think of. That has only about 1600 miles on it and it's conventional and does not have friction modifiers.

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