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    Default Jockey Top To Ratchet Top

    Hey everybody, I am hoping somebody here can tell me if I can change the lid on my 1949 Panhead from the original jockey top to a 1952 ratchet top lid? I have read the Clymer manual and do not clearly see why it wouldn't interchange but I am pretty new to this. Any help is appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JY76 View Post
    Hey everybody, I am hoping somebody here can tell me if I can change the lid on my 1949 Panhead from the original jockey top to a 1952 ratchet top lid? I have read the Clymer manual and do not clearly see why it wouldn't interchange but I am pretty new to this. Any help is appreciated!

    Sure it will clear... But you can't just swap it out... You will need to make sure that neutral is centered in the right place...

    Are you going to a foot shift???

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    Stay w/the jockey shift and learn how to use it or go hardcore w/ a speed-y-shifter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 47str8leg View Post
    Stay w/the jockey shift and learn how to use it or go hardcore w/ a speed-y-shifter.

    LOL I was wondering why he was changing it also......... I love my tank shift bike......

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    They will swap....

    Be a good idea to check fork spacing...



    But must say I do like 47str8leg's idea....



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    There is no going to a ratchet top. It's morally unacceptable.

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    Well my plan was to go to foot shift yes. I ride it fine, was just looking to possibly change it up and came across a real nice ratchet lid at a good price. If nothing else I need to change my shift lever, it gets knocked into gear really easy.
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    It's worn out but fixable. A jockey top shifter is preferable to me because in an emergency you can throw it into neutral quick , grab some brakes and get back into gear faster. W/a ratchet top you'd have to shift through other gears first in order to get there and if your wheel speed wasn't fast enough , lock up your bike .

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    That's good info, thank you!

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