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    Default 1980 fx shifter rod length

    is there an optimal length for shifter rod, that goofy heim joint contraption that connects the two shifter levers together?
    Thanks DaveZ

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    No reason there should be as the non-adjustable length of the arms determines shifter throw.

    Using real Heim joints vs. the stock "lawnmower linkage" rod ends would be a more durable and dirt cheap setup (I did my FXRs that way and will mod my Shovels if mine wear out) ) but if they ain't sloppy run what ya got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    No reason there should be as the non-adjustable length of the arms determines shifter throw.

    Using real Heim joints vs. the stock "lawnmower linkage" rod ends would be a more durable and dirt cheap setup (I did my FXRs that way and will mod my Shovels if mine wear out) ) but if they ain't sloppy run what ya got.
    There wasn't one on my bike so i'm making one out of heim joints, just looking for an approximate length between the two posts...

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    What about a pic of your trans? Are you running a stock primary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    What about a pic of your trans? Are you running a stock primary?
    Stock primary, pro clutch...

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    and I apologize for the sideways pic..

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    They're pretty tolerant. I just checked my Shovels and one is 2.8" while the other is 3.8"! Both have shifted fine for many years. I never measured that distance before so it was interesting. The 2.8 may be a replacement stud but I didn't install that one.

    The fittings in your pic are good stuff but I don't see a jam nut locking male to female. IRL you'll probably never wear that enough to matter and both ends are captive at the ball end so they ain't going anywhere.

    BTW I use fine (.020") safety wire instead of the exasperating circlips. The ex-helicopter mech wife came up with that about thirty years back. it's quite reliable and easier to install and remove. Every mechanic should treat themselves to a couple of rolls in various diameters because it's absurdly useful around the shop.
    Last edited by farmall; 01-09-2019 at 5:18 PM.

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    2 5/8 seems to be where mine likes it.

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