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Hello everyone! I recently bought a 2001 sportster 883! I have been riding it every day for the past 2 weeks. Today when on a ride i kicked all the way down (into 1st gear) and when I took off from a stop it felt like I was in a higher gear. I then pulled over held in the clutch and jammed the shifter up and down until I could get back into first gear(took quite a bit of jamming up and down). Now that i’m back home i realized that if i stay in first, second, and neutral it shifts fine through those, but when i shift into third it only wants to go back to second( if I try downshifting it feels like i’ve reached the bottom). After shifting into third if i want to get back to first I have to kick it half kicks and full kicks a bunch randomly to get it to clunk to get back to first gear. I know I am probably doing a horrible job of explaining this. But does anyone have any idea pf what it could be. I have a feeling it has to do with my shifter pawl, maybe something fell off perhaps? I am going to open the primary tomorrow to see if anything looks out of the ordinary.
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Thank you, have been reading many posts in forum, trying to find a similar situation. I also have read that article you sent me! Thank you for the reply Cheers!!
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I dont know how to post photographs, but when I Disassembled my primary to get to the pawl/ detent i noticed that the spring that lies at the base of the shaft in the middle of the bolting point and pawl arm is broken and has a crack in it. Now i understand that it would not spring back to regular position but do you think this is why i couldn’t downshift?
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Once you replace the spring & properly adjust the pawl, you should be able to run thru the gears with the bike on a lift & turning the rear tire (if needed)...

While it's open, for a few dollars more, you might want to replace the Detent Lever Spring & the Shifter Shaft seal (on the primary cover).

With the Engine Sprocket off, you should check the magnets to see they are solid in place. And, check other items in the primary - Primary Chain, Primary Chain Adjuster, Clutch Release Assembly, etc.
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...vo:priclutch01

Be sure to torque the Engine Sprocket and use RED loctite:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...ocket_torquing

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Thanks everyone for the help! I fixed the problem. The broken shift shaft return spring was the problem. Running great again. Thank you!! Also if snyoe would like to trade mid controls for my forward controls let me know!! Cheers!
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