How to Remove the Harley Davidson Gear Shifter

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How to Remove the Harley Davidson Gear Shifter
Shifters are one of the most customisable parts of a motorcycle. (Design Pics/Valueline/Getty Images)

Motorcycle gear shifters, after time and extended usage, can wear out and become hard to use. A rider can also simply dislike a stock shifter and wish to replace it with an aftermarket shifter. The process of changing out shifters on Harley Davidson motorcycles requires only a few basic tools and several minutes of time.

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Things you need

  • 12mm socket wrench
  • Replacement shifter

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  1. 1

    Park your Harley in a flat, accessible area. Be sure that the motorcycle is very stable on its kickstand.

  2. 2

    Remove the mounting bolt on top of the shifter shaft using a 12mm socket wrench. This bolt may be tight, so be ready to use some force, if needed.

  3. 3

    Slide the shifter off the shaft. If the lever doesn't want to slide, try twisting it back and forth as you slide it off the shaft.

  4. 4

    Slide the replacement shifter onto the shaft at the angle desired. The toothed shaft will match with the full radius of the mounting hole on the shifter.

  5. 5

    Replace the mounting bolt on the top of the shifter assembly. Tighten down the bolt to prevent possible slipping.

Tips and warnings

  • It may be helpful to have another person assist you by holding the bike up as you work on the shifter.
  • Always stay aware of pinch points when working around motorcycle parts.

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