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Old 5th January 2009
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Just wondering, I have a 75 XLH with the crossover linkage...Has anyone ever tried to convert one of these to some sort of Jockey shift with a handle? maybe with the clutch lever up on the handle to squeeze in while shifting? ....I assume things like the case might get in the way, but ya never know....-Just wondering, it's winter, raining here, and I'm bored....
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I put my jockey on my 68 right where it comes out of the case. Still have the stock clutch since I shift with teh right hand. Not sure how it will work yet as it has not been above zero long enough to ride it.
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Im curious about the Jockey shifter myself, im also doing a 75 and want a jockey shift with a suicide clutch
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a friend of mine put a left side jockey shift on his 74, the clutch was on the forward controls not attached to the handle though. He sold the bike a few months ago or i'd offer to snap a few pics.
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I would guess that it could be done as the trans shifter shaft (say that five time fast) comes out of the right side cam cover. I guess you could cut up a foot shift lever and weld a rod to the splines, then route it up to the tank. You would shift by hand on the right side and clutch by hand on the left. If I am mistaken about the cam cover you could find one that has the hole and bushing for the right side shift. I'm not sure but at least you would not have to do major changes to the transmission, like changing the trap door. It will probably be sloppy but then the 75-78's were terrible to begin with, that's why I switched my 75' back to right side shift.
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Default Here's an idea I saw on another '74 that's a little cleaner. The...

...guy used his brake crossover shaft, running from right to left side, to route a rod connected to his right-side shifter.
The rod then angled upwards after exiting the crossover shaft on the left side to form the shift handle.

He ran a foot clutch on the left-side forward controls and used a rod & cable combo to operate the rear brake as a straight shot down the right side of the bike from drum to forward controls.
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Try here for some ideas.

http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=47879
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Jockey shifts suck.

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Why do you think they call them suicide clutches?

They are not manly or cool and were used when 35MPH was hauling ass and there was no one else on the road to run you over.
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fire up a bowl, and then a torch and find out.

just be sure to post pics


by the way, putting the clutch lever on the shifter looks gay to me. set up a foot clutch, you'll be much happier
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There are several threads on jockey shifters here. Just do a search at the bottom of the forum page and you'll find em. I'm gonna do a right side shifter on my bobber with the stock clutch to start. I have the shifter mounting on the tank, going thru to the other side via a brass tube and stainless shaft. May move the clutch to the foot pedal if it works well...
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