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I recently bought a splined shifter shaft to convert my 76 to right side shift. The only problem is - what shift lever connects to the shaft? I thought it would be the 77-78 shift lever at first (makes sense, right?), but the splines are not the same (the 54-74 shaft has finer splines). Now I find that the factory setup 54-74 had a smooth shaft. Has anyone got experience with these splined shafts? What shift lever will fit?
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Go down to the stealership and pull one off the wall of chrome that has the right spline?
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Actually, I would like to hear the answer to this question. I have a couple shift lever shafts (internal) that I could use in my 74 motor. One is smooth and one is splined. I've seen splined shafts on eBay for sportys but I was unsure about fitment. I'll end up using a smooth one just because I have some old external levers around that are smooth,

ALSO, warning about the splined internal shaft-levers....the one that was in a 73 I took apart had a larger block up near the ball. It looks like it was made this way to be tougher. It rubbed and ground into the pawl carrier. It is clear that this splined shift-shaft-lever is not designed properly for an older ironhead pawl carrier.
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Hi Fergerburger,

52 and 53 K Models have splined steel shifters and shafts

54 KH till 74 Sporties have smooth steel shifters and shafts

52 KR till 750 XR now? have splined shifters and shafts

77 to 85 iron have splined alloy shifters and steel shafts (different coarser splines cause of alloy shifter pedal...)

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Always heard the reason there were no splines was for the lever/shaft to slip instead of maybe forcing the trans into or out of gear possibly damaging something in the trans. I've had the smooth one for 30+ years on my '72 an it has not slipped with a good grade 5 capscrew and lockwasher/flatwasher combo. Just my 2 cents.
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The splined shift rod I pulled from my 73 had a much larger head where it engages the pawl carrier. It was gauging the pawl carrier. It made a smiley face where it rotated...or frown depending on how you look at it.....
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Hi, Fergerburger,

The early right cases have 2 bolts screwed in on the inside to act as stops for the shifter rod, that's why the early rods are more hefty...

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I'll post a pic of the two tonight. I would not use the early splined in a later tranny....unless some grinding is done to clear the pawl carrier.
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The aftermarket replacement shifter shafts are splined. I've been told that Harley went to the smooth shafts to keep riders from busting trannies, so I don't know if these are a good idea, but that's how it is. The aftermarket splined shifters are widely available.
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I also had a cam plate with a neutral light post. I sawed of the post due to the fear that the blob of metal out near the ball would get caught in the post.
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