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Question 75 left hand shift mechanism ....

hello all, can anyone help me out with the mechanism that the 75's started using to make the right side shift a left side shift? i heard the the setup sucks. can it be changed back to a right side shift, and if so what would it take? if not how bad is the setup? reason why im asking is im looking at buying a 75. thanks everyone.
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Here are some of the part numbers to go right shift,i have gone right shift on my 76 which i found some much more positive with the shifting.

shifter shaft 34628-52
cross shaft 42549-52
brake pedal 42410-52
spring 42426-58
shift lever 34606-71
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I think ya might have to get a gear case cover also, though I thought the 75 had a plug in the hole where the shifter shaft comes through. I cant remember, though my parts book shows a different part number for 75 gearcase cover vs 74.
The numbers for 74 are,
25200-71, XLCH
25201-71, XLH
The problem with changing the gearcase cover is the bushings that support the cams are no longer matched to the bearings in the case, and to line bore them, ya gotta split the cases.
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You also need a rear backing plate and rod for shifting,
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Here are some of the part numbers to go right shift,i have gone right shift on my 76 which i found some much more positive with the shifting.

shifter shaft 34628-52
cross shaft 42549-52
brake pedal 42410-52
spring 42426-58
shift lever 34606-71
thanks for the info. can you tell me a little more about how to do it. and will i need a case cover. is it a hard job to do? do you have any pictures to show me what it looks like. thanks
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When you get this sorted out take lots of pics and write up the procedure. We can then add it into the Stickys.
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does anyone know for sure what it takes to do this, cause i am about to do it as well??? why would you need a new cam cover, the stock 76 shifter rides in a bushing that is in the cam cover, so if you knock it out and replace it with a bushing the 74 shifter should just extend right thru it and be fine???? other than a new shift shaft, bushing and shift lever.....that should be it for the shifting side right?

also on the brake side, i started that last night, i used the stock shift cross-over bar that was already on the bike.....ran a heim joint from it on a 5/16 all thread to the rear brake and hooked that together.....then i added a return spring to that.....seems like its going to work pretty good...
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Don't need a new cam cover just knock the existing bushing and install a bushing for right side shift. You will have to remove the primary drive and trans to install the shift shaft. All that extra play in the shift linkage will be gone. Sounds like you already have the rear brake changes well in hand.
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Yea, thats cool. I wasnt sure on the cam cover, thanks BuckI.
If you do decide to do this, get a FACTORY service manual. Its not that hard of a job, but your gonna have to pull the tranny.
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does anyone know for sure what it takes to do this, cause i am about to do it as well??? why would you need a new cam cover, the stock 76 shifter rides in a bushing that is in the cam cover, so if you knock it out and replace it with a bushing the 74 shifter should just extend right thru it and be fine???? other than a new shift shaft, bushing and shift lever.....that should be it for the shifting side right?
When I converted mine, I had to bore out the gear case cover. The 76 shift shaft is smaller in diameter than the right side shift shaft. You will see the difference when you get the parts. I seem to remember I had to make a bearing to go around the new right side shaft. Plus, the alignment of the shaft had to be corrected. It can be done, it's just a pain in the butt.
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