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Old 14th November 2018
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Default Not shifting out of 1st gear or Neutral

Hey all! I'm new here. I've got an '89 883 that's having some transmission issues. Story on the bike is I bought it as a project. Needed a new ignition module to get it back up and running. I got it started and then started to fix missing/broken shit from the PO. I was also told that it was bumped up to 1200. I found edelbrock cams in it when I replaced the cam cover gasket but I haven't removed the heads yet to verify.

I have a manual for the bike.

It had some JB weld on the primary cover and the clutch cable was sheared at the cover. When I pulled the cover I had to rebuild the clutch and hub. Those darn magnets. Went with a barnett extra plate and the sealed magnet hub from vtwin and a new stator.

During that project I discovered that the shift shaft was bent and buggered up. I think that it had gone down on that side at one point and the PO failed to tell me about it when I asked him if it had gone down at all.

I replaced the shift shaft and after putting the trans back in and trying to shift through the gears before buttoning everything back up. I found that I couldn't get it to shift up from 1st or neutral.

I pulled the trans back out and found the brass shift forks were chewed up. I replaced those with new ones and replaced all the springs in the shifter mechanism and the cam follower. They were all out of spec and the follower looked to be the original pot metal one. Everything lines up and shifts okay on the bench, going from neutral to 2 takes a little bit more effort though, and as best I can tell the shaft aren't bent. All the bearings seem fine. I've even put the trans back in 4th and shifted up and down through 2-3-4 and that shifts fine. I'm running out of ideas.

Any help is appreciated.
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