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it will not pop out again.
Checking back in to say Randy was right and to show Downunder 30 this thread. I don't know how to link a thread.

Anyway no more trouble with the shifter popping out.
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OK time to check back in. Almost 2 years and many miles with no further mishaps. The ball on the shifter shaft has not popped out. Thanks to all the helpful bikers on this great site.

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OK time to check back in. Almost 2 years and many miles with no further mishaps. The ball on the shifter shaft has not popped out. Thanks to all the helpful bikers on this great site.

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that's a coincidence this should show up right now, just finished this same repair on a 74 xlh last weekend, same issue.
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Randy, did you have the problem of the ball at the end of the shifter shaft pooping out? If so, did you shim the shaft so it sits tighter in there?

I don't mean a "tight" fit, I mean with less end play in the shaft.
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you can make the ball pop out by too aggressively downshifting, ask me how I know, 2 times
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Randy, did you have the problem of the ball at the end of the shifter shaft pooping out? If so, did you shim the shaft so it sits tighter in there?

I don't mean a "tight" fit, I mean with less end play in the shaft.
yeah, just a hardware store washer on the shift shaft, install trans with shift rod ball in the pocket, you can do this without gears or bearings, snug down the trapdoor, measure the in and out play on the shift rod, find a washer just a bit thinner then your measurement that fits the shift rod well, I have had some end up with .001" play that worked fine, .010" works fine also, this is a common issue from K models all the way to 1976, even done a few 77 and later with the left side shift, the boss in the case wears causing this problem, a simple washer shim cures it.
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you can make the ball pop out by too aggressively downshifting, ask me how I know, 2 times
if it ever pops out the case boss is worn and should be shimmed to prevent this. been doing this repair since the 80s, couldn't begin to count the number of times someone brought me a sportster with this problem, several with low miles came to me after being repaired by a dealer mechanic, only to pop out again. then again this was in the 80s, I worked a several independent shops back then, ironheads and shovelheads were the latest and greatest back then, then came the evos, way better cooling and oiling, but that's a whole different plate of issues.
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