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Just thinking out loud...you report that you have diagnosed it. Is it possible that the issue is something really simple? Did you service the bike at all when you first got it home?
@toolcraft I merely aired up the tires and checked the oil. Had a local motorcycle repair company diagnose and repair it as required.

Interesting enough the previous owner said the clutch was stuck closed for a couple years but worked great after he bled it.

The symptoms are not close but exactly like the symptoms in this forum for the 4th gear issue. (I can't add the link here until I have enough experience on this forum)

@AZ or anyone that can answer this for me since I failed researching it...

If I were to purchase that white 97 Salvage bike on eBay for $800 would it work if I used the 97 driveshaft etc for my 95? Or are there other small differences in the engine wiring or locations that would make it a Pita? For some reason I am finding a lot of 97 engines. :/

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If I were to that white 97 Salvage bike on eBay for $800 would it work if I used the 97 driveshaft etc? Or are there other small differences in the engine wiring or locations that would make it a Pita? For some reason I am finding a lot of 97 engines. :/
Nothing is different enough to matter. The 97 driveshaft should fit.

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If you get the complete 97 bike, you will have every thing you need.
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William I dropped a 97 in my 95 SE worked perfectly!
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William I might know where there's a good 99 Engine in South Carolina. I will let you know. I have to make a phone call.
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William I dropped a 97 in my 95 SE worked perfectly!

you didn't mention the drive shaft, you used the original '95 drive shaft?



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Hello and Welcome to the forum family William. Let me pose another scenario since you have grinding several gears. We cant hear this noise obviously so we go with your description.
How many miles on your bike ? With lack of proper maintenance on the drive shaft, the splines will have accellerated wear. The final drive hub adapter as well has splines. If any of these have a lot wear you may have slipping/grinding noise.

I am replacing the engine on a 94SE with 209K miles that was just beginning to have trans problems with 4rth gear. I cant remember if it was in neutral or not , but you could apply the front brake and rock the bike fore and aft on the front shock. Doing this would produce a grinding sound as one set of gears rubbed another set.

Anyhow just wanted say you might want to check the driveline before going the whole engine route. Drive line is simpler and less expensive generally.

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William I might know where there's a good 99 Engine in South Carolina. I will let you know. I have to make a phone call.
Nice. I hope it is in good condition. That is a lot of work to take any chances. LMK

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Hello and Welcome to the forum family William. Let me pose another scenario since you have grinding several gears. We cant hear this noise obviously so we go with your description.
How many miles on your bike ? With lack of proper maintenance on the drive shaft, the splines will have accellerated wear. The final drive hub adapter as well has splines. If any of these have a lot wear you may have slipping/grinding noise.

I am replacing the engine on a 94SE with 209K miles that was just beginning to have trans problems with 4rth gear. I cant remember if it was in neutral or not , but you could apply the front brake and rock the bike fore and aft on the front shock. Doing this would produce a grinding sound as one set of gears rubbed another set.

Anyhow just wanted say you might want to check the driveline before going the whole engine route. Drive line is simpler and less expensive generally.
It is a loud grinding like sound coming from the front lower left engine quadrant.

It ONLY happens in first second and third going down hill or decelerating. It can also be randomly heard in neutral if the bike nose is on a decent.

I no longer can keep it in 4th, it grinded and slipped out the first ten times I tried, now I skip it and go straight to 5th where there are no sounds at all no matter how the bike is sitting. (Downhill, decelerating, etc)

I know some riders on here ignore it, but motorcycles are dangerous enough. I'd like to think I would be ready for anything but knowing my luck I will be drinking water when the back tire locks up.

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Morning William . I just read your other post describing the grinding going downhill I agree you must have the bad trans issue . I hope you on track to get a good engine. The 1500 is a really nice machine when in good order.
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