I know I could find the answer if I dug around but I've got a bet going. I was just asked which year the Sportsters went from right side shift to left. Specifically, what would you expect on a 1973 IH ? Thanks.
yep in hd tradition, never throw away anything. the cross shaft was a bad mistake but they had to get rid of un-used parts. i like the right shift especially in scramble. the shift was for the most part up and accessable so shifting was a snap in the curves unlike when the shift is just above ground level so you had better have the thing downshifted before hand. of course, depends upon the track, ours was counter-clockwise and turning to the left with only one right curve. i still love my 74 right shift but now, with the lefty sport, i got to watch what i am doing when i change machines.
I think you would have to fit the earlier cam gearcase cover with the bushing in it for the RH shift shaft to pass through, and open up the tranny and fit the earlier shifter shaft that is long enough to stick out thruogh the gearcase and cover.
More dicking around than it is worth really.
In the tech stickies index in red near the top of the forum is an article on how to make the left foot shift linkage work much better than stock, might be easier.
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